A trip down the Prosecco Road should be on the bucket list of every sparkling wine fan. For more reasons than the bountiful glasses of the UK’s favourite fizz – and there is a lot of it available here - the Prosecco Road is stunning in its own right. Unbelievably almost tourist-free it has a few amazing surprises tucked along its twists and turns.
Here are some of the must-see spots along the Prosecco Road.
Prosecco Vending Machine
Fancy a sip of something fizzy on the go? Up in the hills of the Prosecco valley is a vending machine – that’s right, a vending machine – that dispenses perfectly chilled bottles of Prosecco. The hill you need to find is the famous Colline del Cartizze. Perched at the top will be a little wooden shelter, and underneath it the famed vending machine.
Here you can pick up Prosecco, glasses and a selection of tasty snacks. Settle down on one of the nearby benches and soak in the amazing view as you sip the good stuff.
There is one piece of bad news: You need an Italian ID to operate this amazing vending machine. But if you're on one of The Italian School tours we are very happy to use our ID for you to sit and enjoy a glass of bubbly Prosecco and take in this fantastic view.
The Serve-Yourself Osteria
No trip down the Prosecco Road would be complete without stopping in at Osteria Senz’Oste, the “tavern without a host”.
This Prosecco Road legend is run by a local salami maker who stops by only occasionally. On most trips to this old stone cottage you’ll find a fridge stocked with bottles of Prosecco, lovely local meats and cheeses and, of course, salami! Your finds can be enjoyed on the shady terrace, which overlooks the region’s beautiful vineyards.
When it comes to the time to pay, this establishment operates on the honour system. You simply pay what you owe at a self-service till and leave!
Note that the Osteria Senz’Oste can be difficult to find, so plan ahead and ask for directions at nearby San Stefano.
You can’t go to the Prosecco Road without visiting a winery or two. The wineries producing the Prosecco Superiore are situated right in the middle of the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG region, where the highest quality Prosecco's are produced.
You can visit these artisan wineries by appointment only all year round and partake in a tasting in their wine cellars.
The family run artisan wineries that make up The Italian School tours offer a magnificent range of sparkling and still wines which are produced using traditional processes which have been passed down through generations. These high quality prosecco's are produced in small numbers so are rarely found outside of the region - you’re sure to find something you want to take home.
The Hiker’s Dream Trail
The L’Anello Del Prosecco is a nature-lover’s dream come true. This 8km hiking and biking trail, whose name translates into ‘The Prosecco Ring’, starts and finishes in the sleepy village of San Pietro di Barbozza. In between it snakes through some of the region’s most spectacular small towns and past truly remarkable scenery.
A two hour walk or 45-minute cycle, it’s of medium difficulty but well worth the effort. Be sure to bring a camera; you’ll see stunning views of old churches and vineyards alike. On clear days, you can even see the city of Venice shimmering in the distance.
Explore Conegliano and cathedral
A visit to Conegliano can start from the Corso Vittorio Emanuele - this road was built outside the original defensive walls and known as the Refosso. Along this route you can see some important monuments such as the Church of San Rocco (17th century, with a façade in the Neoclassic style); Piazza Cima; and the Teatro dell'Accademia (Academy Theatre - a 19th century building also in the Neoclassic style).
Enter the old town of Conegliano through the Porta Dante (Dante's Gate) with the beautiful Fountain of Neptune, or the Porta Monticano.
The Cathedral in Conegliano dates from 1491 and is divided into three aisles, with curved archs.
It is very rich in important frescoes and paintings, including the renowned and evocative altarpiece by Cima from Conegliano (c.1459-c.1518) with the fine 'Virgin Mary with the child between angels and saints', and continuing with Iacopo Negretti (aka Palma il Giovane) and his Santa Caterina fresco, and the altar piece of the Saints Bonaventure and Catherine by the local painter Francesco Beccaruzzi.
Other artistic highlights in the cathedral include the 16th century 'Baptism of Christ' by Francesco Fringimelica and 'The Annunciation' by Belgian painter Ludovico Pozzoserrato.
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