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Stage 14 - Conegliano - Valdobbiadene

Stage 14

Stage 14, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, is a very demanding time trial course set against the backdrop of the Prosecco vineyards.

Stage 14 – Conegliano Valdobbiadene

The winner of stage 14 is celebrated with fizz: the time trial route crosses the Prosecco area of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, a UNESCO heritage site since July 2019.
Wine of international prestige is produced here, with over 90 million bottles made every year and exported all over the world. The territory is dominated by hogbacks, reliefs with narrow ridges and very steep slopes (the inclines reach up to 50%). Heroic viticulture has been practiced here since the Middle Ages, and it has been skilfully applied to mould the harsh soils to make them suitable for vine cultivation.

Paesaggio delle colline del Prosecco

Hilly landscape of Prosecco

The flavours and beauty of this area were brought together to give rise to the first wine tourism route created in Italy (the original path was mapped out in 1966): the Strada del Prosecco. Conegliano is the ideal starting point for a journey to discover these areas. This town is home to the historic Cerletti Institute. Founded in 1876, it is the oldest oenological school in Italy.
The most notable building in the historic centre is undoubtedly the Cathedral. It is impossible not to notice its facade, which was lavishly frescoed in the late sixteenth century with monumental scenes taken from the Holy Scriptures. The church is located within the Scuola dei Battuti and together they constitute an artistic centre that houses important works.

Conegliano Cathedral - Veneto

Following the route of the stage, we cross some of the area's typical villages, such as San Pietro di Feletto, where a splendid twelfth century Romanesque church dominates the landscape of vineyards. The Rua di Feletto hamlet is known for its seventeenth century Camaldolese hermitage.

In Refrontolo we can sample Refrontolo Passito Conegliano DOCG. Close to the residential area is the Molinetto della Croda, an ancient water mill embedded in the rock, which is still functioning today and is now used as a museum.

Solighetto, a district of Pieve di Soligo, is home to the eighteenth-century Villa Brandolini, which has been completely restored and now hosts events and exhibitions.

Towards Farra di Soligo the hills become higher and steeper: the three Credazzo Towers, the remains of a castle destroyed by the Lombards, stand out from the vineyards. Going up towards Col San Martino, a pleasant walk through the vineyards leads to the church of San Vigilio.

Church of San Vigilio, Col San Martino (Farra di Soligo) - Veneto

The historical route of the Strada del Prosecco - as well as the stage - ends in Valdobbiadene, the production capital of the DOCG wine and home to many sparkling wine producers. The town's main square is surrounded by elegant neoclassical buildings.

Off the time trial route, but not far from the places we passed through, we find Follina and Cison di Valmarino, both of which are ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy. In Follina we can admire the imposing Abbey of Santa Maria, which is one of the most important monastic complexes in the region.

Abbey of Santa Maria, Follina - Veneto

Cison di Valmarino is characterised by its connection to water: the Rujo stream, which crosses it, powered mills and mallets, giving a source of work to the inhabitants of the village and marking their daily life.

Cison di Valmarino - Veneto

Cison's artisanal past has been reconstructed along the "Via dei mulini", a path devoted to industrial archeology and immersed in nature that leads up the Rujo valley to reach old wash houses, canals and ancient mills. The heart of the historic centre is Piazza Roma, with the church of Santa Maria Assunta, Palazzo Barbi (seat of the municipality), the Loggia theatre and the Vintage Radio Museum. The mighty Castello Brandolini dominates the town.

A few kilometres from Conegliano is Vittorio Veneto, a city that arose from the merger between the two municipalities of Serravalle and Ceneda. The very evocative Piazza Flaminio in the historical centre of Serravalle is surrounded by Renaissance buildings.

Piazza Flaminio, Serravalle (district of Vittorio Veneto) - Veneto

History buffs must not miss out on a visit to the Battle Museum, where you can go back in time and explore the trenches of the First World War. Next to the Cathedral of Serravalle is the monumental Staircase of Santa Augusta, which leads to the sanctuary of the same name. The effort of the uphill climb is worth it for the beautiful view of the city and the surrounding landscape.

By bike

Tour of the Prosecco Hills

Travelling by bike is the ideal way to enjoy the landscape of the Prosecco Hills, taking advantage of the food and wine stops and getting to know the area better. From this link you can download the map and the GPX track to discover the Prosecco and Wines Road of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills from your saddle.

We also propose an itinerary suitable for less experienced cyclists, which follows the route of the Granfondo Prosecco Cycling, a great cycling event that takes place in early autumn every year. Small villages nestled in hills scattered with vineyards will accompany you through an experience combining history, landscapes, taste and passion for sport.

Rolle - Veneto

Cycling in the "Garden of Venice" 

Finally, we would like to point out the Cycling in the Venice Garden portal, which brings together accommodation facilities, services for cyclists, bicycle routes, newly created itineraries and tourist packages. This guide to active holidays in Veneto was created thanks to the efforts of ten companies in the Treviso area, coordinated by the Marca Treviso Foundation.