Theme-Itineraries


Stone itinerary.

The Stone itinerary aims at giving tourists some clues about the close relationship between Berici Hills and stone excavation. It is about 64 km long and it is mostly meant to be travelled by car, but there are also 5 special tracks that part from the main one you can walk or ride o through a beautifully untouched natural landscape.

Car itinerary 1
Highway exits: Vicenza est /Montecchio. Starting point: Longare, even if the Stone itinerary is clearly signalled on every road that approaches Berici Hills (S.S. 10, S.S. 11, S.S. 500, S.S.247) : Km. 64 circa.

Starting from Longare, visitors drive down the Provincial Road to Costozza, where they can have a thorough picture of the way the stone-business has affected life of a Berici Hills community:close-by the numerous villas they can see ancient quarries and still-working ateliers. Driving past Lumignano (where many walking-paths start from) and Castegnero, they get to Nanto, whence they start driving up into the hills. In the midst of Berici Hills, in the territories of Zovencedo and Grancona, as weel as abandoned amphitheater quarries (the old quarries in Zovencedo) and tunnel-quarries (the spectacular flooded Arcari quarry), they can see examples of working quarries. Driving through the towns of S.Germano and Pozzolo, they return to the eastern side of Berici Hills, to the towns of Barbarano and Mossano, where many walking-paths start from. After reaching Nanto, they drive to Ponte di Nanto and go back down SS 247 to Longare. During the return journey down SS 247 visitors can enjoy a better view of Berici Hills profile, and especially of the Lumignano Cliff.

Castegnero's caves walking itinerary
Starting-point: Castegnero, S.George's Parish Church.
Length: 3 km.

This itinerary takes visitors partly down Rose Mount signalled path (1) and Sengi Bei signalled path (9). Walking on the plateau behind Castegnero, visitors will have a chance of seeing many interesting caves, like the War and the Rampart Caves, the Sengi Bei Caves, the Great ramparted or Castle Cave, as well as the beautiful Fontecchio and Fozze fountains.

Mossano's caves and Prisons walking itinerary
Starting-point: Mossano, by the Town-Hall.
Length: 7 km.

Walking down part of S.Bernardino signalled path (81), visitors will have a chance of seeing the important archaeological site of S.Bernardino's Cave, Paina and Tits Cave as well as the imposing and mysterious so-called Prisons.

Brojo and S. Cassiano walking itinerary
Starting-point: Lumignano, Piazza.
Length: about 2 km.
Walking from S.Cassiano's Cliff signalled path (3) to Brojo tourists will visit Copacan Cave, Sengia Alta Cave and S.Cassiano's hermitage before they gat back to Lumignano. In the Brojo Valley they can also visit the experimental pea-plantation.

Cengia and Scudelletta walking itinerary

Starting-point: Barbarano, Piazza.
Length: 9,5 km.
Starting from barbarano's Piazza, tourists walk first down Cengia signalled path (71), then turn into Scudeletta signalled path (75)br> During this excursion, they will see and ancient buring-site,the Sengia Cave, St.John's Fountain, Scudeletta and Salvata Caves, then, walking aroung Mount Tondo and passing by Villa Godi Marinoni, they return to Barbarano town-centre.

Scandolaro walking itinerary
Starting-point:Lumignano, Piazza.
Length: 5,8 km.

As they walk down Scandolaro signalled path (6), visitors will have a chance of seeing some beautiful little-known spotsin Lumigano's territory, moving from Sengio dei Mulini, Ca' Menarini and Colasso Cave.

From the Land to the Table itinerary.

In Berici Hills there are many different geographic areas, each characterized by distinctive landscapes, cultivations, traditions and lifestyles. All these diverse locations can be grouped up into the the two major geographic areas of plain and hills.
This itinerary wants to show tourist the richness of Berici Hills in agricultural traditions and resources by letting them appreciate the whole of these two areas: villas and town in the plain, cottages and contradas on the hillside.

Car itinerary
Highway exits: Grisignano, Vicenza est or Montecchio.
Length:100 Km.

Starting north of Berici Hills, visitors can see the hydraulic works on the Bacchiglione river; as they drive southwards they can appreciate the cultivations peculiar to each zone: tobacco in Pojana Maggiore and Asigliano, red radicchio in Asigliano, Guāgolden potato in Pojana Maggiore and Asigliano and the organic kiwi plantations in Asigliano. Tourists will drive at the feet of the hills from Longare to Orgiano, then will go through Val Liona up to Pozzolo.
Every territory has developped its own typical cultivations according to the peculiarities of its environment: in Costozza's caves tourists can see mushroom-plantations, peas on Lumignano's terracings, cherries and vineyards in Castegnero, olive-trees in Nanto, vineyards in Barbarano and Villaga, watermills in Grancona, Mossano and Pozzolo.

"From the land to the table" is also a three walking-itineraries:
Olive-trees itinerary
Starting-point: Nanto, in front of the school.
Length: 5 km.

Following Olive-trees signalled path (84), visitors will walk firstly down via Ca' Bassa, where they can see two restored fountains (Soto and Priare fountains), then will start walking uphills, though terraced olive-tree orchards, from where they can enjoy a beautiful view on the plain and Euganei Hills.

Val Liona' Watermills walking itinerary Starting-point: Spiazzo di Grancona, near the fountain. Length: 5 km.

Walking at first down part of Pederiva-Spiazzo signalled path (61) tourists climb up Mount Faeo, then continuing down didactic path "Mount Faeo" they have a chance of seeing all the still-existing watermills between Spiazzo and Pedriva, once so important to the economy of this valley

Corte Calto-Zovencedo walking itinerary
Starting-point:Zovencedo, parking area behind St.Nicholas' Church.
Length: 5 km.

Setting off from Corte Calto tourist walk up to Zovencedo, passing near La Sengia, a cave where people use to live to as late as the 60s, then go back through the most lovely Calto valley, where they can see this ancient example of rural village