Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Hills
Valdobbiadene. The lands of Valis Duplavis
“… The sun shines high on the green slopes of Valdobbiadene worked with vineyards like filigree. The hills and the surrounding plain are planted with vineyards among a majestic flourishing of villas ”Giovanni Comisso (Italian Writer)
And it is precisely in this way that, arriving through the Prosecco Route, the places of Valis Duplavis appear, which was the birthplace in 535 of the poet Venanzio Fortunato. His verses sing of the land between the two Piavi “in which the vine eternally flourishes, under the mountain with its bare summit, where the shady green protects and restores”.
Valdobbiadene, together with Conegliano, the home of Prosecco, is the capital of sparkling wine production, the center of a thriving and lively economy, supported by numerous small producers and some of the most renowned sparkling wine producers.
The city boasts ancient origins and thanks to the mild climate, its elegant appearance and its famous Prosecco, it warmly welcomes visitors who can walk along the large, bright Piazza Maggiore, on which stands the eighteenth-century parish church of Santa Maria from the mighty neoclassical colonnade, guardian of some masterpieces of Venetian painting.
Among the artistic destinations of Valdobbiadene and its surroundings, the neoclassical Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (XVIII century) and its bell tower, built between 1743 and 1767, the Church with the adjoining Monastery of San Gregorio in Colderove, of seventeenth-century structure, which seems to have already existed in 1424, but which were completely rebuilt by the Capuchin friars in 1608, the International Temple of the Donor in Pianezze, in a modern style, and the War Memorial inaugurated in 1959, which features wrought iron structures by Toni Benetton.
There are numerous possibilities for trips and excursions in the surrounding area. By car or bicycle you can travel through the renowned Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze area, a precious triangle of land bordered by the pretty villages of San Pietro di Barbozza, Santo Stefano and Saccol, neatly gathered around the bell towers.
From Valdobbiadene there are several nature trails that lead to the nearby mountain of Pianezze and the Cesen and Barbaria mountains, through pastures to the mountain pastures dotted with huts, ancient oratories and frequent panoramic points from which you can enjoy beautiful landscapes. The discovery of these places is marked by pleasant stops in the welcoming “refreshments”, which offer the visitor tasty spit-roasted meat dishes, excellent “casera” cheeses and various other specialties, enlivened by generous glasses of Prosecco
Not to be missed in Valdobbiadene: the San Gregorio fair and the “Primavera del Prosecco” exhibitions in San Pietro di Barbozza, Santo Stefano, Guia and Saccol.
The roads along the hills of the Prosecco area that cross the areas with the greatest wine-growing vocation are splendid: San Floriano, San Pietro di Barbozza, Santo Stefano, Saccol, Guia, Follo.
As mentioned, the mountain center of Pianezze and the Cesen Massif are also of considerable interest, which can be a destination for walks and excursions thanks to the presence of numerous paths and offer a splendid panoramic view of the entire Venetian plain, the opportunity for pleasant walks. between meadows and mountain woods and restful stops at its huts.
Definitely to remember, but above all to visit, also the Piave and its natural park, which preserves significant environmental and faunistic features and is a destination for nature trails, with equipped paths and picnic areas.
San Venanzio Fortunato
Recurrence 14 December
–Venanzio Onorio Clemenziano Fortunato (Duplavilis, today’s Valdobbiadene, 530 – Poitiers, 607) was one of the last authors of poems in Latin, biographer of saints, bishop; he is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church. Venanzio Fortunato studied grammar, rhetoric and law in Aquileia and Ravenna.
The hagiography narrates that he was struck by an eye disease, from which he had a sudden and inexplicable recovery, after anointing himself with the oil of a lamp that burned in front of an image of Saint Martin of Tours. In 565, when he went to Gaul for a pilgrimage of thanks to Tours, he met the princess of Thuringia Radegonde, daughter of Bertario, in Poitiers, who was in retreat in the monastery she founded and run by her adopted daughter, the abbess Agnes; in 567 he settled in that city. Venantius wrote numerous poems dedicated to the two women, and following the spiritual encounter with the monastic life, he became a priest. On the death of Radegonde and Agnes, he moved to other cities of the kingdom of the Franks, and then returned in 599 as bishop to Poitiers, where he probably died in 607.