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Photographing caves and ancient mills

Fotografando grotte e antichi mulini

The energy of the water. The mechanical strength of the blade that spins. The power of the mill. A duty cycle full of charm and poetry, that led on the tables the simplest and most tasty food: the bread.
There are only few water mills still active in Italy, two of which are located in the Valley of the Mills of Mossano. The walk starts from the Church of Mossano and goes down to the valley, where we find two old mills, both with spectacular wooden wheels.
What more evocative place for a photo shoot? Whether you are passionate photographers or at your first experience, you will be inspired by the atmosphere of the past that you breathe in this unique place. The excursion will combine a walk in the open air, full of remarkable views of woods and meadows, and passion for photography.
We'll indeed plan several stops at the most scenic points to allow participants to immortalize the most evocative panoramas.
The path continues to the Cave of San Bernardino, that hosted San Bernardino from Siena that is also the oldest archaeological site of the Vicenza area; in here were found traces of Neanderthal man and a fresco of the Madonna and Child, which testifies the religious use of the cave.
The characteristic "facade" of the cave and the view on the Euganean Hills you can enjoy from this location, will give participants the opportunity to make unforgettable shots.
After the tour is scheduled to leave by car until Nanto (about 6km) to the hotel.
The following morning will be devoted to view the pictures taken in a separate room of the farm, followed by lunch of products De.Co..

The tour operator recommends:

July: Feast of the Valley of the Mills.
May-November: truffle "scorzone" De.Co.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 105.
The price includes: accommodation and breakfast in BB or Farm, excursion with photographic guide on the afternoon of the first day, lunch with typical products.

Weekend discovering orchids and herbs

Weekend alla scoperta di orchidee ed erbe spontanee

Period: May / June.
In the territory of the Berici Hills there are at least 35 species of wild orchids. The route we propose is easy to walk and dedicated to the search of the legendary multicoloured flower. The trails in late spring are rich in blooms, with different species depending on the weather of the season. The experience of discovering and recognizing the orchids is extraordinary both for those who have the basics of botany and for those who simply loves flowers and plants. Walking among colors that will surprise you is certainly an experience that you will never forget.
After the hike, you can have dinner and overnight in Longare, with some herbs of Berici and products De.Co. of the area: cherries of Castagnero, Lumignano peas, Goose "in Onto", Tanoni (Tamus communis).

The second day continues through beauty and harmony. After this botany experience we will approach to architecture, of which the whole territory of Vicenza is very rich, with a visit to Villa Da Schio.
The monumental building, located in the hamlet of Costozza and designed by Ottone Calderari, has a large garden with statues and a natural cave used as a cellar.
The route is interesting both from botanical and historical-artistic point of view.
In May you can attend "Villa Da Schio in bloom", exhibition of rare and unusual plants, old roses, botanical and modern, herbaceous perennials, furniture for the garden and multiple activities for fans of the green.
This package offers a visit to Costozza, one of the most characteristic villages of all Berica Land. This hamlet of Longare still has the plant that reflects its medieval origin, in addition to the villas rich of charm and history.

The tour operator recommends:

May: Festival of "Bisi" (Peas) Lumignano.
June: Spring Festival.
July: Tournament of the Contrada (district).
Ecological Bike Ride every first Sunday of June.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 135.
The fee includes: half board in a farmhouse (dinner, bed and breakfast), entrance and guided visit to the Gardens and Villa da Schio.

The material that creates Art

La materia di cui è fatta l’arte

This is an opportunity to know the real essence of this land. This is the objective of this proposal, which provides as first step a visit to The Museum "Carlo Etenli".
Prepared after years of passionate research determined by the desire to recover and preserve the testimonies and the values of civilization, the Museum collects thousands of farm machinery and tools used as everyday objects, ranked according to functional criteria in seven sections.
It continues with a guided visit to another important example of the economy and local crafts: the Cava Scioso, locality "Casette", from which the yellow stone is extracted. It is the only quarry that has a system of excavation in the open air, for the exploitation of the stone bench surface.
The next morning you'll continue to immerse yourself in a climate of the past, on the trail of local traditions lost, to discover the old fountains and washhouses in the municipal area: Fountain Casalin, the Corrubio, the Crearo, Spiazzo, de Caregheta, de Scaranton, Canton de Naples, Del Buso, the Spidui, the Pescatore (Fisherman).
The itinerary continues with a "deviation" in the nearby town of Zovencedo for a visit to the famous "House on the Rock". The territory of Zovencedo presents karst phenomena and has many caves, some of which showed evidence of ancient occupation by humans. At first they were used as shrines or religious sites, then they became homes, used until a few years ago.
One of the most important examples of cave house is found in the so-called "Sengia of Meoni", built in an old stone quarry and inhabited until the 60's from a very large family.

The tour operator recommends:

Welcome drink, A night in double room, guided tour. Breakfast and dinner with typical products in selected local.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 150.
The price includes: accommodation and breakfast in B & B, welcome drink, 1 dinner, guide for n. 2 half days, entrance to the museum.

Through villas, caves and old Prisons

Per ville, per grotte e per antiche prigioni

The mystery surrounds the architectural complex that is located within the grounds of Villa Giulia, built exploiting some natural caves that were excavated and modified with a chisel to get rooms, stairs, doors and windows, including a beautiful loggia with five pillars.
The complex is named "Prisons Lombard". We don't have many information about this construction, we know that the most ancient sources talked about it since the fourteenth century as a disused building. We don't know the origin of it, we must therefore think that the complex was much more ancient. The Prisons are a mysterious fortress in rock, a "palace" made of stairs, windows, balconies, rooms, an environment of rock unique to the grandeur of the structure.
From here the tour will take us to the Cave of San Bernardino where archaeologists found the oldest evidences of prehistoric in Vicenza area through numerous excavations.
The second day will be dedicated to the visit of Villa Camerini Montruglio (open to the public from May to October), designed by architect Antonio Pizzocaro. In addition to the immense garden and park the villa is enriched by frescoes, statues and a collection of weapons and horse harness.

From "Lombards Prisons" to neoclassical harmony, a tour to discover all the secrets of the centuries of history that emerge from this fascinating and resourceful place. All within a few miles, in a rich path suitable for everyone.

The tour operator recommends:

An overnight stay in a double room, Guided hike, Breakfast and dinner with typical products in selected local.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 165.
The price includes: accommodation and breakfast in BB or Farm, n. 1 dinner with typical, n. 1 guided tour in Mossano and in the Villas with entrance (Villa Giulia and Villa Camerini).

Two days in vineyards accompanied by a donkey

Due giorni per vigne e cantine

The culinary tradition is united with the natural heritage in a really calm and sustainable tourist experience, which makes it even more rich and unique. A donkey's pace through the vineyards of the Berici Hills. A hiking trek to slowly discover the places where the grapes native of the area are grown, such as Tai Rosso. Walking is better to be able to appreciate the sights, stopping at the wineries to taste the wines and typical products. In terms of trekking routes, donkeys with holders for luggage transport are available, as well as experienced guides.
Inspired by the Wine Road, the route starts from the Lake of Fimon, with a guided tour and a lunch-tasting of typical products and wines. The lake is rich in important archaeological finds and the surrounding area is rich especially in terms of flora and fauna.
The second stage in Mossano, with a visit to the Grotto of San Bernardino, now a hermitage, then it's time for dinner and an overnight stay at the farmhouse.
The second day includes the descent through the Valley of the Mills, where you can see the two old water mills and observe them "at work".

Mysteries, history, gastronomy and local culture, therefore two days of relaxation and exploration. One of the best ways to live and to get to know this area.
And why with the donkey? Because its manners, its soothing and slow gestures are able to transmit a pleasant tranquillity. Its natural rhythms are a true integration between the walkers and nature. Along with the donkey it is a journey focused on the landscape, made up also of stops and meditations. Admire the magic of the vineyard, the history and the nature, and stop to enjoy the famous wine of the Berici Hills to make the experience even more intense and complete.

The tour operator recommends:

A welcome drink and a welcome by the sommelier, who will present the explanation of the characteristics of the vineyards of the area. A dinner offering typical products, and an overnight stay at the farmhouse.
The cost per person based on minimum 2 guests in a double room: € 190.
The price includes: accommodation in a double room in a farmhouse, welcome drink, dinner, breakfast and lunch, two tours with a tour guide, hike with a donkey.

Family vacation, through woods and trails

Vacanza in famiglia

There are many nature trails to be done in the dense woods and along country lanes that line the slopes of the Berici. This is an easy route, mostly flat, suitable for children. Unless otherwise stated, means that along the way you will not encounter obstacles that create difficulty in overcoming, which may be steps or climb too steep, thus also suitable for very young children on strollers. Ideally, then, for a relaxing and informative family vacation in contact with nature.

The first day of the tour includes a thorough break at Lake Fimon in the Municipality of Arcugnano to spend the morning through the "Path Archaeological Valleys Fimon".
After lunch in a typical farm, it continues with a visit to the rural village of Calto of Zovencedo to see an interesting fresco of peasant life.
For the second day we plan a visit to the ruins of the medieval stronghold, the Fortress of Bishops in Brendola and the church of San Giovanni in Monte in Zovencedo built over an ancient monastery of the Templars. The next morning we continue with lunch in one of the many educational farms where children can participate in the preparation of the starters for parents.

The tour operator recommends:

Inputs to the attractions with guide for children, catering (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the kids), baby sitting service with evening screening of cartoons for educational, entertainment with qualified personnel, and block colours, lunch in a farmhouse with tasting wines and typical menu.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 250.
The price includes: accommodation in farm / BB, n. 2 lunches, n. 1 dinner, guided excursions, entrance fees, service.

On the trail of the Templars

Tra storia e leggenda, sulle tracce dei templari

The Templars passed through here. And the package is aimed at all the lovers of medieval history, who want to retrace the footsteps of the legendary Knights.
The area of Villaga is characterized historically by a significant presence of knightly orders such as the Templar Knights and the Knights of Malta, who founded two hospices for pilgrims passing through the Riviera Berica, who intended to embark towards Venice to reach the Holy Land or Rome, ploughing through the Via Romea and the Apennines.
The centre of the picturesque village of Villaga is full of references to the Templar tradition and chivalry. The ancient Commenda of San Silvestro, nowadays Villa Palma-Bedeschi, for example, with its Templar cross engraved on the entrance portal, testifies that the ancient complex belonged to the Knights of the Templar Order(1270). After their suppression it was taken over by the Jerusalemitans and then by the Knights of Malta (1334).

From the arches present on the second floor of the north side, the new "commanders" were led by the hand to the door of the Church of San Silvestro for their initiation, which involved rites provided by the ceremonial order. In front of the villa there is a large park, with the age-old cedars of Lebanon, magnolias and rare plants, from where you can admire a huge emblem of the Order of the Knights of Malta painted on the wall. A visit to the Villa will be a real dive into the Middle Ages, a retrace of the actions of the mysterious Knights in the very place of their headquarters.

The tour operator recommends:

A visit to Villa Piovene and Villa Rasia Dani, De.Co. products tasting, overnight stay in the centre of Villaga.
The cost per person based on minimum 2 guests in a double room: € 80.
The price includes: accommodation and breakfast in B&B/farmhouse, local products tasting, entry to Villa Piovene.
Tour guide service: on request.

Slow walk. Nordic walking and foliage tour

Andamento lento

Period: fall.
For all lovers of Nordic walking and relaxing walks there is nothing better than the path around Lake Fimon. About five miles of dirt road closed to traffic, to be done in a couple of hours to fully enjoy the lights and colours of one of the most beautiful views of the Berici Hills and Veneto.
The dirt road runs alongside, often a short distance to the edge of the lake. After travelling the opposite side, right next to a wooded hill, you may walk the stretch of the "Archaeological walk Fimon Valleys". Lake Fimon, one of the few non-reclaimed in Italy is in fact a remnant glacial Quaternary alluvial deposits where they levelled the bottom of the valley to the great Padana plain. The valley has always been swampy, but since the Bronze Age began to be frequented and inhabited. In the peat bogs of the surroundings were found remains of animals, including tropical, and traces of human activity proto-historical.

For the second day is scheduled a foliage tour, always in the area around the lake. A botanical trail with guide, discovering leaves and colours and the magic of autumn forest between botanical varieties unusual and rare. Yellow, red, orange, brown, green and many other shades that blend into a kaleidoscope that squeaks under your feet and relaxes the eye.

The offer proposes overnight stay one night at the hotel near the lake, with formula b&b, dinner and lunch of typical products.

The tour operator recommends:

Tasting product De.Co. "Pan de Bari" and visit to the Rehabilitation Centre Raptors.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 90.
The price includes: accommodation and breakfast at the hotel or B&B, dinner and lunch of typical products.

The Berica Land

Comuni della Terra Berica

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