Events - published on 22 September 2023
Source: press office Association for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene
Turin, Sept. 21, 2023-Today in Turin, at the World Tourism Event, the new Guide, by the newspaper Repubblica, dedicated to the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene UNESCO World Heritage Site was presented. Previewed at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, the guide, on newsstands from September 19, recounts in 264 pages one of the most famous Italian territories in the world, including stories, food and wine excellence, crafts, entrepreneurship, enchanting landscapes and culture, all to be discovered.
Becoming part of the Repubblica’s Guide Series, – Marina Montedoro, president of the Association for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, says in the preface, – is a new sign of recognition for the work that the Association, in collaboration with the Veneto Region and all the subjects in the area, is doing to enhance this World Heritage Site. The guide captures all the nuances this land has to offer: landscape, culture, art, food and wine, artisan and productive excellence. It tells of the faces of our territory, the artisan excellences that make it unique, the many activities that can be done here, with a particular focus on those related to the sustainable world of biking and trekking, including the new 51-kilometer Cammino that runs entirely in the UNESCO area. The potential of these places, between villages and nature, is really a lot and is being developed under the banner of safeguarding this heritage. For this reason, on behalf of the Association, I thank all those who, with their commitment, work and dedication, contribute to enhance and promote the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, a destination Wonder that deserves to be in the Olympus of the most beautiful world destinations.
Many exceptional testimonials are featured in the book, telling of their connection with these lands: from former soccer champion Alessandro Del Piero, born in Conegliano and raised among the small fields of San Vendemiano, to the bassist and voice of Pooh, Red Canzian, passing through Piero Garbellotto and Monica “Moki” De Gennaro, respectively president and libero of Imoco Volley, the world champion women’s team.
We are talking about a territory that would not be such without the centuries-old presence and work of man who have shaped it thanks to heroic viticulture, enriched it with works of art and Faith, characterized it with brilliant entrepreneurial and artisanal activity, and brought it into the limelight thanks to important protagonists of culture and sports – writes Luca Zaia, president of the Veneto Region in his preface.
Thanks to the Guide, one can embark on a journey through the municipalities and villages of the area, from Valdobbiadene and Conegliano to Follina, passing through Vittorio Veneto, Cison di Valmarino, Susegana, Farra di Soligo, San Vendemiano, Revine Lago, Miane, Vidor, Pieve di Soligo, Refrontolo, San Pietro di Feletto, and Tarzo.
A large space is dedicated to entrepreneurship and craftsmanship, the backbones of this land with some exemplary stories such as that of the Paoletti family and their historic woolen mill in Follina, Massimo Colomban and CastelBrando, and Patrizio Dei Tos of Itlas. Sport is also the protagonist, especially cycling and its most fascinating routes: from the iconic climb of the Ca’ del Poggio Wall to the great events of Prosecco Cycling, Nova Eroica, Cansiglio Bike or the Cycling Stars Criterium.
Space is given also to culture, with thematic itineraries in the footsteps of great artists such as Titian Vecellio and Cima da Conegliano, the poet Andrea Zanzotto, the soprano Toti Dal Monte, and then Rodolfo Sonego, famous screenwriter in the Dolce Vita years, the sculptor Marta Sammartini and Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s librettist.
Taking center stage is enogastronomy of the hilly territory. From Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG to small oenological gems such as Torchiato di Fregona, Incrocio Manzoni and local reds. From the Spiedo dell’Alta Marca Trevigiana to the marroni of Combai and the ever-present tiramisu, with 10 recipes from chefs and hosts working in the area and about 100 addresses for quality eating, sleeping and shopping.
Let’s try to put things in order: generous nature, breathtaking hills, a love for the countryside, for good wine, a conviction that seriousness and commitment between the rows and in the cellars succeeds in winning over competitors and imposing a model of economy and life that in the end captures even a very selective body such as UNESCO – writes in his introduction to the volume the editor of the Guide di Repubblica, Giuseppe Cerasa – Those hills covered with greenery, those sweet slopes that announce beauty and taste, alone make the difference.
Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento
Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites