From medieval hermits to the Great War
The Berica Land in every corner tells stories. Stories of men and events that made history. This proposal is to respond to the needs of those who want to learn more and enjoy the beautiful scenic walks and contact with nature.
Starting from Villaga and continuing for trails through woods and scenic views you can reach to the churchyard of the church of San Donato, one of the oldest churches in the whole Veneto. This is a charming place where once hosted an ancient hermitage. The church use a cave as apse. During the Great War, the church, built during the nineteenth century became a warehouse and a kitchen used for military purposes. From here the view overlooks the low plain of Vicenza and the Riviera Berica, the wide natural corridor between Monti Berici and Euganean appearing on the horizon with their characteristics humps.
The second day is dedicated to the visit of the remains of the trenches of the Great War in Villaga. The whole area was in fact requisitioned during the First World War for military purposes. On various rocky humps, now covered with bush, there are still traces of entrenchments and some artifact, perhaps made them last line of defence in front of the Piave-Grappa-Asiago Plateau, or for training purposes.
The tour ends in Lumignano to visit the Hermitage of San Cassiano (open to the public every first Sunday of the month). It is a building that dates back to the seventeenth century built incorporating an older church.
The tour operator recommends:
Overnight stay in Villaga in farmhouse with dinner with typical products De.Co. (including, specific area Villaga: Rampuzzoli (rapunzel), Bisi (peas) of Pozzolo, wines and spirits, Thovara), hiking guide specializing in historical arguments.
Cost per person with a minimum of two participants in a double room € 140.
The price includes: dinner, bed and breakfast on a farm, visits with guide-companion.