Ex­plore the part of north­ern Italy that’s home to pros­ecco

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Tre­viso, Italy

You know pros­ecco as the fruity Ital­ian bub­bly that’s a fun and af­ford­able way to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days as well as a bright ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a light meal. But this pop­u­lar sparkling white wine can also be part of your va­ca­tion plans. Just like that other fa­mous fizz, Cham­pagne, it hails from a re­gion that wel­comes vis­i­tors who like to travel glass in hand.

From ex­plor­ing hill­side vil­lages to strolling be­side the tran­quil canals of the city of Tre­viso, there’s plenty to do, eat, see and sip in pros­ecco coun­try. And since this is still a rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered spot, prices aren’t at the sky-high pitch of bet­ter­known places.

Here are a few be­fore you go.

Where to go

things to know

Pros­ecco is­madein two re­gions in north­ern Italy — the Veneto, also home to Venice, and neigh­bor­ing Fri­uli Venezia Gi­u­lia. The main city is Tre­viso, about a half-hour from Venice by train, an hour by car.

You can make this a day trip from Venice, rent­ing a car, book­ing a trip through a tour­ing com­pany or hir­ing a guide and meet­ing at the ren­tal car of­fice. Here is one list of au­tho­rized guides, http://turismo.provin­cia.

For longer stays, you can ei­ther make Tre­viso a jump­ing-off point for the sur­round­ing coun­try or plot a course from town to town. Apop­u­lar trail is the Strada del Pros­ecco (pros­ecco route) which winds from the town of Conegliano to the vil­lage of Val­dob­bi­adene. Find the English­language web­site here, http:// www.coneglianoval­dob­bi­adene.it/ in­dex.asp?lang=uk.

Where to stay

In Tre­viso, Re­lais San Ni­colo, close to the Tre­viso train sta­tion and Tre­viso Cathe­dral, is com­fort­able and fea­tures unique, pe­riod fur­nish­ings. Rooms start at about $100. Check out the winer­ies and restau­rants you plan to visit, as they may have small guest houses at­tached (see Villa Sandi and Res­tau­rant Parco Gam­bri­nus below).

Where to see

Tre­viso gets up­staged by grand dameVenice, but this city is worth at least an af­ter­noon’s stroll. Check out the Knight’s Log­gia on Via Mar­tiri della Lib­erta, a 13th cen­tury build­ing which still has the re­mains of fres­coes on its walls. In the cen­ter of town you’ll find the Pi­azza dei Sig­nori, with its Palazzo dei Tre­cento (Palace of the 300), home to the mu­nic­i­pal council. The build­ing was bombed in World War II; a jagged scar on the re­stored wall bears tes­ta­ment.

In the palace Log­gia you’ll find the re­mains of the Fon­tana delle Tette, a foun­tain made in the 16th cen­tury in the shape of a woman that, you guessed it, sprayed wa­ter from each breast. On spe­cial days, the foun­tain dis­pensed wine. To see a replica (wa­ter only), head north­west on Pi­azza dei Sig­nori, turn right on Vi­colo Podesta and look for the statue to your left in the shop­ping ar­cade. It’s tucked away in a small court­yard; you may need to ask for di­rec­tions. Other at­trac­tions in­clude the fish mar­ket, 22 Via Isola, open morn­ings ex­cept Sun­days and Mon­days. Also pop­u­lar, tak­ing a walk or bike ride along the tow path, known as the Restera, that runs along­side the Sile River.

What to taste

Villa Sandi in Cro­cetta del Mon­tello fea­tures a Pal­la­dian-style man­sion and ex­ten­sive cel­lars. Guided tours and tast­ings are avail­able by ap­point­ment: http://www.vil­lasandi.

The win­ery also has a six-room guest house, Lo­canda Sandi, at a sep­a­rate es­tate in Val­dob­bi­adene.

The San Si­mone win­ery in Por­cia is open daily for tast­ings. Reser­va­tions are re­quired on week­ends and the com­pany closes in Au­gust.

La Tordera in Val­dob­bi­adene is openMon­day-Satur­day for tast­ings. Tours are also avail­able but re­quire reser­va­tions.

What to eat

In Tre­viso, Toni del Spin, 7 Via In­fe­ri­ore, is a tav­ern in the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter serv­ing tra­di­tional food with prices around $25 for a meal ex­clud­ing drinks. In Val­dob­bi­adene the Salis Ris­torante Enoteca, 52 Strada di Sac­col, is set on a hill­side with a great view of the vine­yards of Car­tizze, the pre­mium wine-grow­ing re­gion of pros­ecco coun­try. Main cour­ses start at around $15. In San Polo di Pi­ave, Res­tau­rant Parco Gam­bri­nus, Via Capitello 18, is known for its cray­fish, which are served along with sub­stan­tial bibs and writ­ten “com­mand­ments” on how best to en­joy them. Main cour­ses start at around $25. Rooms are also avail­able in the ad­ja­cent inn, about $100 for a dou­ble room.

AP

With two rivers and nu­mer­ous canals, Tre­viso is a good place for a stroll. The city is about an hour’s drive fromVenice and is in the heart of pros­ecco coun­try.

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