Casera Le Rotte (TV)
On top of a hill from which you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Pian del Cansiglio, Le Rotte is an ancient 17th century dairy that preserves all the charm of its past intact. Founded in the heart of the “Forest of the Doges“, part of the Serenissima Republic of Venice and a very important strategic hub for the supply of the precious wood for the naval power of the lagoon, the dairy served as a summer base for the mountain pastures. In the period from May to September, the shepherds used to bring their flocks out of the stables to go to “mount” and thus take advantage of the grazing rights that Venice had granted them.
Used for this purpose until ’71, the dairy experienced a period of abandonment and decline, until, in the 90s, it was taken over by its current owners, the Dell’Antonia family, who, with love and great respect for its history, they have gradually managed to restore it to its original beauty. Thanks to a conservative restoration, all the ancient features of the structure have been brought to light, embellished with objects and decorations typical of mountain huts. Thanks to this admirable recovery, today you can admire the characteristic seventeenth-century “larìn” (fireplace) where the milk was processed or, in the central room, the slits typical of the “refrigeration” area where the milk was left to bring out the cream which was used to make butter.
The cuisine is based on tasty and genuine mountain dishes: from the cheese platters to the Cansiglio appetizer with venison carpaccio and raspberry sauce and from homemade dumplings up to the fabulous second courses of lamb of own production. Do not miss the traditional recipes, really delicious, such as pastìn (hamburger made with pork and beef) or venison stewed with polenta (not to forget the hay grappa). The ingredients, meat, vegetables, wild herbs and fruit, are mostly produced by the farm and grown in the surrounding land or local artisan farms.
From May to October, you can enjoy the “company” of the herd of the Dell’Antonia family grazing peacefully along the slopes of the hill, making the wonderful surrounding landscape that embraces the hut at 360° even more bucolic. They are not, in fact, “any” sheep, but of the Suffolk breed originating in Great Britain (those of Wallace and Gromit to say) really beautiful with their characteristic black snout and legs in contrast with the thick white coat. Perfect for both lunch and dinner, it is better to visit Alle Rotte during the week to enjoy its romantic quiet; on weekends the location becomes very popular.
As if all this were not enough to make Casera Le Rotte one of the most unique locations in Veneto, the position in which it is located also makes it the protagonist of two of the most extraordinary natural phenomena in the world.
The Caglieron Caves
A wonderful circular path between waterfalls, potholes and wooden walkways that are sometimes suspended that seems straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. Starting from Vittorio Veneto, perhaps on a Vespa for instagram-friendly photos, stopping at the Cimbri village (which looks like Asterix’s), having lunch at the Casera and then visiting the Caves is truly one of the most suggestive trips that Veneto can offer.
The show of deer in love
From mid-September to mid-October the valley in front of the Casera becomes the subject of an exceptional phenomenon: in the period of estrus, thousands of deer meet here to mate and it is a real spectacle to watch the bells and, if you are lucky, their skirmishes amorous. At that time the Casera is absolutely worth a trip, perhaps by booking dinner in the evening, when it is easier to see deer.
If you wish to go on an excursion, you can contact a local Environmental Hiking Guide, a fundamental help both to fully and safely experience the experience and to respect the delicate naturalistic balance of the Cansiglio Forest and the privacy of these majestic animals.
Mood by Night
The surroundings and the Caglieron Caves
Casera Le Rotte
Via dei Cimbri 3
31010 Loc. Pian Cansiglio
Tel. +39 338 1425385
Starters: 6 — 11 euro
First Courses: 6,50 — 8,50 euro
Second Courses: 6,50 — 16,50 euro