SIX VILLAGES NOT TO MISS IN THE SURROUNDING OF TREVISO, BETWEEN ANCIENT CHURCHES, CASTLES, HILLS EMBROIDERED BY VINEYARDS AND GOOD WINE
There are places that continue to surprise you. Places where at every corner you find a breathtaking panorama, at each curve appear one of those ancient stone farmhouses, above each hill dominates a majestic castle. One of these places is certainly the Marca Trevigiana area with its small villages full history, with its endless expanses of lush vineyards, its culinary and crafts traditions.
How could we not spend a few days discovering this land? Camera at hand, backpack and… Go! The itinerary starts from the lovely hilly village of Susegana to reach Nervesa della Battaglia, theater of bloody events during the First World War, passing through the legendary Castle of Collalto. Then, a stop in Follina where lies the beautiful Cistercian abbey of Santa Maria, a visit at the picturesque Molinetto della Croda in Refrontolo and the final destination at one of the most beautiful villages of Italy: Cison di Valmarino.
Here the itinerary in which we suggest things not to miss and the activities to do if you want to explore the surroundings of Treviso by visiting the most beautiful villages and living the most authentic experiences.
FIRST STOP – SUSEGANA
Imagine a hill embroidered by vineyards and at its top, a massive castle dominates the village and the surrounding countryside. This is the landscape that you find when you arrive at Susegana. This small village offers the possibility to do some relaxing walks, the most famous starts from the main square, climb up to the Castle of San Salvatore, continue in the direction of Colle della Tombola until reaching Collalto and the homonymous castle. An alternative if you want to follow a flat trail, is the one that runs along the left bank of the river Piave, along which you can visit the ancient Roman bridges and the fortified sites of the front line during the Great War.
Discover what to visit and the things to do in Susegana.
SECOND STOP – NERVESA DELLA BATTAGLIA
Nervesa della Battaglia was surprising. Here, besides having retraced the war events, relived the heroic deeds of the soldiers of the Great War, we had a pleasant discovery: the Abbey of Sant’Eustachio. Then, a culinary stop that lasted a little more than expected at Osteria ai Pioppi, where in addition to taste the typical dishes of the tradition, among which polenta, wine, grilled cheese and sausage, we tried the many carousels operated without electrical energy that stand in the surrounding park: an ecosustainable luna park!
Discover what to visit and the things to do in Nervesa della Battaglia.
THIRD STOP – CASTELLO DI COLLALTO
Now it’s time for most mysterious stage of the itinerary… The Castle of Collalto, theater of love stories and terrible revenge… That’s right… The legend narrates that the beautiful Bianca, handmaid of the noblewoman Chiara da Camino, was walled up alive by his mistress after that she discovered the love that bound Bianca to her husband Tolberto of Collalto. The legend says that even today the damsel vague between the ruins of the castle… If you meet her, don’t get scared! She brings a good message: the immortality of love.
Useful advice: periodically free thematic walks are organized.
FOURTH STOP – REFRONTOLO
Don’t miss Refrontolo and its picturesque Molinetto Croda, that in its four centuries of history has enchanted thousands of people and inspired many artists. Here you can soak in a rural atmosphere of the past when the farmers of the area wore the maize to the miller to grind the flour.
This is in fact a characteristic rural building of the XVII century and its name derives from the fact that the foundations of its first construction rest on the bare rock, precisely the “Croda” of the mountain.
To admire the beauty of the surrounding territory and fully enjoy the landscape of the hill we suggest going along the naturalistic trail “Pecolón – Vallotai”, 5 km long.
Useful advice: The Molinetto Croda is located in Via Molinetto 40, Refrontolo (TV).
FIFTH STOP – FOLLINA
Another gem of Marca Trevigiana is certainly Follina and its famous Abbey of Santa Maria, which today still retains a lovely Romanesque cloister dating back to 1268, period in which settled the Cistercian monks.
It is very pleasant to walk between the elegant columns of the cloister, admire the ancient bell tower and think about how, in the past, between these walls, the monks spending their life praying.
Useful advice: the Abbey of Follina is located in Via del Convento 4, in Follina (TV) and it’s open every day from 7 a.m. to 12.00, from 14.30 to 19.00.
SIXTH STOP – CISON DI VALMARINO
To top it off, the last stage, Cison di Valmarino, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy, dominated by the majestic manor of Castelbrando. When you walk between the streets, at every corner, you find ancient buildings such as palazzo Barbi or Teatro La Loggia, historical palaces such as Brandolini cellars, or impressive facades like the one of the 18th century Santa Maria Assunta Church.
Walking through the historic center, we immediately noticed the use of the “official color” of Cison di Valmarino: “Rosso Brandolini”, a red of hundreds of years ago, obtained from fragmented roof tiles. Today it’s the only color allowed for the repainting of the houses.
At the end, we followed the path “La via dell’acqua” that runs along the torrent Rujo. It starts from “Ponte dei sassi”, winds through the wood and old mills until it reaches the “Bosco delle penne mozze”.
An event not to be missed that animates Cison di Valmarino during the summer is Artigianato Vivo. During this event, along the streets of the village, small grocers and master craftsmen celebrate the rites of dexterity by exposing their articles and giving proof of their skills.
So, are you ready to discover these charming villages?