From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene
Where possible, the main itinerry follows the original wine road created in 1966, with its indubitable historical and cultural worth, adding also another road for a differet way back.
The trip starts in Conegliano, a city offering you the chance to stroll under the porticos of Contrada Grande and admire the façades of noble palaces, the splendid frescos on the front of the cathedral and the castle in the background. And it is precisely at the foot of the caste, in the historic "Cerletti" Enological Institute, that the wine route begins. We recommend a visit to the 19th-century frescoed Bottega del Vino at the Enology School. For booking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Conegliano the road goes towards Collalbrigo, offering lovely views of the surrounding hills, dotted with vineyards and little patches of woods. The 18th-century Villa Ghetti Montalban is also of interest.
You continue on towards Rua di San Pietro di Feletto and its 17th-century Camaldolese hermitage, now the town hall, to reach San Pietro di Feletto with its splendid 12th-century parish church, in exquisite and elegant Romanesque style.
The next stretch of road leads to Refrontolo, winding through scenic hills, while a short detour takes you to the enchanting Molinetto della Croda, embedded in the rock.
Solighetto features the 18th-century Villa Brandolini, now home to the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg Consortium. Soligo hosts the little church of Santa Maria Nova, dating, like its frescos, from the 14th century. A brief excursion leads to the small temple of San Gallo on the homonymous hill, from which you can enjoy an extraordinary vista of the Piave valley.
After Farra di Soligo you reach Col San Martino with its medieval Torri del Credazzo, towers testifying to a Longobard settlement and the little church of San Virgilio, an architectural and artistic gem reached after a few minutes' walk.
On the way to Colbertaldo you can enjoy a largely still intact landscape, patterned with little rounded hills, poetically called "snails", often dotted with old dairy sheds still used to store hay and tools. A few kilometres away, in Vidor, you come to the private abbey of Santa Bona, standing on the Piave River in a wonderful park. This historic and artistic complex, dating from the 12th century, is definitely worth seeing.
From Colbertaldo, the wine road heads north through the vineyards to reach the "cru" par excellence in this region, the Cartizze area, which produces the homonymous sparkling wine. Heading for Follo and then climbing back towards S. Stefano, you can admire some of the loveliest views of the Prosecco Superiore Docg hills, where vineyards leave room - but only on the hilltops - to famous chestnut forests.
Going past S. Pietro di Barbozza (home to the Valdobbiadene Confraternity), you come to Valdobbiadene and Villa del Cedri, where the outbound trip ends. A must is a look at the main piazza, surrounded by buildings in neoclassic style, and at the nearby, delightful little church of S. Gregorio, dating from the 1400s. From Valdobbiadene, driving towards Guia, you begin the return trip over roads featuring some of the most beautiful and imposing panoramas of this area.
Taking S.P. (provincial road) 123 towards Campea you will travel through well conserved rural landscapes. Crossing the Soligo River and SP 4, at Pedeguarda you quickly climb towards Farrò, in a landscape where the vineyards, often steep and jagged - don't miss the view of the village of Rolle - open up to, or alternate, with thick woods.
Leaving Arfanta behind you go first towards Tarzo and Corbanese, then towards Cozzuolo, Carpesica and Ogliano along roads featuring interesting agrarian hydraulic projects like embankments, with old towns and their bell towers standing out against the horizon. Finally, you return to Conegliano.