Prosecco: the most famous sparkling dry wine made in Italy. I visited the Valdobbiadene region in Veneto where the rolling hills are covered in vineyards- the birthplace of Prosecco. Heres what you need to know about the lifestyle, the location and visiting as a tourist.
With hills upon hills, its a wonder how people are able to cultivate the grapes given the landscape. It also means that you can wonder through the largely open vineyards and up many winding roads to get panoramic views of the village below and maybe even a glimpse of the alps behind the hills. I visited at the end of winter, so there were no luscious green leaves on the vines or grapes to steal. It was, however, still a spectacular view. If you’re a wine lover, lookout for the Treviso Prosecco Festival of Valdobbiadene.
Walking around the area, you’ll find a small community who have inhabited the area for years. Nonna’s can be found inside baking goods by hand while looking after their grandchildren in houses older than they are. Life here is how you’d imagine it to be: slow and simple. Food for thought: even people who live here play the Lotto. It makes you question what more in life one could want and whether people are ever truly satisfied with what the have.
Wondering along the pathways, you’re likely to come across religious spaces, like a small shrine enclosed in a rock formation, or flowers and a small statue of Mother Mary beneath a big leafy tree. Aside from a city escape and walking trip, the area offers other options for tourists, like a castle and churches. When visiting a church, make sure you check the visiting hours before hand (even on a Sunday). The castle I visited was CastelBrando, which has a hotel and restaurant inside (visit for the views or for food; skip the tour).
*Castles really are all a variation of the same thing: Beautiful decor and views, a glimpse into the lives of the elite and the rooms they’d use and finally, a look inside the dungeons used as prisons. I have a theory that the only difference between the elite now and then is that the torture and captivity of others is better kept out of sight and out of mind.