Guide to Veneto, Italy

Vespas at Alice Relais in Veneto, Italy, The Taste SF
Waterfalls in Veneto Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF

 

Rent a car, and drive 45 minutes (or less) from Venice. Stay at an agroturismo (we stayed at Relais Alice). The food in the Veneto is delicious (see more of it here and here). It’s an interesting combination of heavier meat- and butter- based dishes and seafood (remember, you’re only 45 minutes from the ocean). The wine is incredibly inexpensive (and good!) and the rolling hills of the Prosecco region are arguably prettier than any vineyards in California. Nestled at the base of the Alps, the scenery is just stunning.

 

Veneto in Italy, The Taste SF
Sopressa from Trattoria alla Cerva in Veneto, The Taste SF
Vittorio Veneto Italy, The Taste SF

 

We highly recommend checking out the town of Vittorio Veneto. It’s unlike anywhere we’d ever been in Italy, with an Alpine stream running right through the center of town and really good restaurants (definitely check out Trattoria alla Cerva). For dinner, also check out Osteria Das Mazzeri, which is run by two brothers in the nearby town of Follina, Italy. After you’ve seen Vittorio Veneto, head out to the country.

 

Walking in the Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF
Caves Grotta del Caglieron cheese in Veneto Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF
Cheese caves of Veneto in Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF
Mill Veneto Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF
Waterfalls in the caves of Veneto Foresta del Cansiglio, The Taste SF

 

Right outside of town, you’ll find the Caglieron Caves. We spent about an hour on a quick hike here, exploring the caves and waterfalls. It was beautiful. It’s also where they age local cheese made from cows milk in the hills. Be sure to wear tennis shoes or something to do a lot of hiking in.

 

Centro Caseario e Agrituristico Cansiglio - Bar Bianco in the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF

 

After checking out the caves, our host, Cinzia from Le Vigne di Alice, took us to Cansiglio, a huge Alpine plain surrounded by mountain peaks. We stopped into a bar for a beer and picked up some sausage for later. It’s such a peaceful place, filled with local beech trees and grazing sheep and cattle. We headed home a different way, past stunning serene lakes and Alpine vistas.

 

fields in the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
Boats on the lake in the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
Centro Caseario e Agrituristico Cansiglio - Bar Bianco cows in the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
Lago di Santa Croce in the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
fields of the foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
foresta del cansiglio, Veneto Italy, The Taste SF
Belinda Prosecco at Relais Alice vines, The Taste SF
The best place to stay in Veneto the Prosecco Region of Italy is Relias Alice, The Taste SF
Prosecco winery vineyards in Veneto Italy, Bellenda and Alice Relais Nelle Vigne, The Taste SF

 

Of course, you can’t visit the Veneto without tasting Prosecco. We’d recommend renting a Vespa and checking out a few wineries along the famous Prosecco road. Some of our favorites include Le Vigne di Alice and Bellenda. Along the way, you can take in the views of the rolling hillsides dotted with medieval towers and church steeples. Check out the video below for more highlights on what you can experience when visiting Veneto and the Presecco Road!

 

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