Prosecco by bike: a magical journey among charming wineries and traditional osterias
With spectacular views, lush vineyards and enchanting “osterie” (typical taverns) offering the best of local food and wine, the Prosecco Hills have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. To discover this unique territory, here is a magical bike-friendly itinerary (about 35 km one way) that will unveil to you all the hidden gems of this blessed land. It starts from Villa Clementina, a historical 19th-Century residence nestled among the ancient vineyards of Tenuta Contarini in San Pietro di Feletto, where a fabulous D.O.C.G. Prosecco is produced. The ideal place to kick-start one of the most romantic walks in the Veneto; the first stop being the famous slope named Muro di Cà del Poggio, an ultra-popular stage of Giro d’Italia. Muro di Cà del Poggio is a picturesque road surrounded by vineyards which, with a maximum gradient of 19% and a height difference of 140 meters, has become a symbol of the authentic cycling passion that animates these areas. Nearby, you cannot miss a fish launch at Ca’ del Poggio, restaurant&resort, boasting one of the most beautiful panoramas in Veneto.
From here, you can also visit one of the oldest frescoed churches of the Region, named Pieve di San Pietro. Leaving Feletto, you will reach the quaint village of Refrontolo, where it’s recommended stopping by Antica Osteria Al Forno, one of the oldest restaurants in the area. Listed among the Venetian Historic Taverns, the Osteria is characterized by a truly welcoming atmosphere. From here, the charming Molinetto della Croda is located just a few minutes away. This ancient 17th-century water mill, made of wood and stones set against a rocky wall, well deserves a visit. Our itinerary proceeds through the enchanting panoramic views of Rolle and then to Cison di Valmarino, two of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
The tiny square of Cison, with its magnificent architecture, is the perfect spot for an aperitif at Vinaria or a break in the romantic secret garden of Caffè Roma. Housed in a 15th-century palace, Caffè Roma is a true landmark in Veneto! A hung-about for writers, artists, and musicians who have been inspired by these places, it still preserves that special atmosphere of the “old-time” clubs. From Cison, cycling along the main road, you will reach Follina and its magnificent Abbey. A former Cistercian monastery, the Abbey of Santa Maria was built between the 11th and 14th century. Inside the stunning internal cloister, engraved on a stone, you can still read the names of the monks and workmen who built this impressive monument. Just in front of the Abbey, part of the Relais & Chateaux Villa Abbazia, there is the Michelin-starred restaurant La Corte; the perfect place for a gourmet break. Whilst, for a more rustic lunch, you can go for the nearby Osteria dai Mazzeri, a true heaven for creatives and gourmets. After Follina, the itinerary proceeds towards Miane to discover one of the oldest wine cellars in Veneto located inside the famous restaurant Da Gigetto. Here, under stone vaults and surrounded by antique memorabilia, you can choose among 36,000 bottles, including rare pieces of the greatest wines in the world.
From Miane, the journey starts again towards Combai and then Guietta. Reaching the locality named Santo Stefano, you can enjoy a stop at the legendary Osteria Senz’Oste, one of the most unusual and Instagrammable spots of the Prosecco hills. Here, inside an old rural stone building, there is, in fact, the only “tavern without the host” in the world, where it is possible to eat and drink, mainly sandwiches, cold cuts, and local cheeses, just leaving the amount due and sitting on the outside tables overlooking the vines. Not far away you can also try Salis restaurant and winery which, in addition to an excellent food and wine offer, boats a panoramic swimming pool and a covered spa for the coldest periods. The ride can then continue to Valdobbiadene where, in one of the many wineries, you can conclude this tour of the Prosecco Hills with a good glass of chilled wine!