“A tiny village in the foothills of the pre- Alps that’s home to a spectacular basilica and cloisters dating from the eighth century, still occupied by monks from the order of the Servi di Maria. One of the most important examples of gothic architecture in the Veneto.”
Passo San Boldo
“An amazingly rapid ascent connecting the Valmareno to the Belluno Valley, where the Dolomites really show off. Perfect for cycling and trekking, and great drive. The reward comes at the top – delicious local cheeses and wine at Osteria La Muda.” lamudadisanboldo.it.
“An exquisite hilltop town with distant views of Venice. Many notables have lived here, including Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, who brought her entourage of artists to the area after her reign. Have lunch, dinner or drinks – or a stay – at Villa Cipriani.” villacipriani.it.
“When Brionvega electronics scion Giuseppe Brion died in the 1960s, his wife Onorina commissioned architect Carlo Scarpa to design a family tomb in the Altivole cemetery. Scarpa died before its completion and, as per his request, was also buried here. A work of genius.”
Bassano del Grappa
“Worth spending a day in this glorious town. Visit the Museo Civico to see the achievements of the Da Ponte family of artists; walk its famous bridge, designed by Andrea Palladio; have a grappa at Grapperia Nardini.” nardini.it.
“A long walk here is a kind of detox for the soul. The trees are so tall and so old and the light filtering through them is just amazing. It’s a real escape from reality and a deep dive into our unique nature.”
“Trekking and cycling are the best ways to really live this part of the Veneto, and the team at Charming will collect you where you’re staying and send you, with the best guides, up, down and around the Prosecco Hills.” charmingcycling.com.
“Just outside the Unesco-designated zone, but one of my favourite wineries in the region. The place is beyond beautiful and the experience memorably put together, whether it’s just a tasting or a long light lunch.” cantine-collalto.it.