Treviso Hills

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With its geographical variety the 'Glorious and joyful March' has one of the most beautiful hill areas of the Veneto region: not only  a unified area as in the case of the Euganean and Berici hills, but here we find a lonely Montello in the middle of the plain, a small and magnificent ridge around Asolo, in the northern part lying past Piave, the well-known ' Prosecco hills ' of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano.

 

The only hill outcrop to be found in the north-east plain of the March area - above Treviso - is the Montello, preferred holiday retreat for the inhabitants of Treviso who find here the ideal refuge from city life, a refuge of natural wonder and silence. The hill (less than 400 m in height) was already known in the past for its precious oak wood that were used to build the sailing ships of the Venetian Republic and the foundations for its buildings. The music of the flowing river Piave at its feet and the mild climate provide a paradise for the walker thanks to the plentiful trails through the forests, as well as a natural training ground for cycling enthusiasts and a green carpet for family picnics. History is ever-present though, particularly in the memorials to the fallen of the First World War: Nervesa della Battaglia and Santa Croce del Montello commemorate the wartime facts on these lands.

 

The area of rolling hills which embrace Asolo hearken back to yet further past times, to times more remote and idyllic, bringing to mind the Parnassus of Caterina Cornaro and her court, an intellectual and artistic ferment in keeping with the spirit of the Renaissance. Yet other cultures, traditions, mysteries and doctrines surround the rock and its outlying countryside: we hear of tales of connections with the heretical sect of the Cathars. The view however is filled with dense forests, meadows, vineyards and olive plantations, interspersed with splendid Palladian villas such as the superb Villa Barbaro. Here we have the possibility of following ancient pathways or quiet stretches of countryside, on foot, by horse or mountain bike.

 

Other noteworthy historical towns include Possagno, home of Canova, and Altivole.

 

Above all this area is of great interest to wine lovers, the highest achievements going to the twin towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano and their 'Road to Wine', one of the earliest wine itineraries created in 1966: a road which links the wine centres with the historic ones. Among the vineyards castles, villas, churches and abbeys arise (in addition to those in the two main centres), and also small wine bars and restaurants where one can sample the finest and choicest gastronomic delights and superb hospitality.