Natural-Cultural Sundays

Participants: max 50 people
Guides: the 3 chairmen of Pro Loco Arcugnano, Mossano and Val Liona, plus Daniela Repeta and Marco Marcheluzzo (members of Berici Hills Register for Tourist Guides and Promoters)
Booking: required
Cost: 5 euro a trip

April 29, Sunday

Fimon Lake (not the small one we see today, but the large one that still in the 14th century covered all three of Arcugnano Valleys) has been called the oldest Ice Age-memorial lake in Europe. Its width was impressive and its fishing resources were enough to meet the needs of the whole province. But the increase of population and the greater need of land to cultivate slowly brought about the death of the lake. In the 15th century alone more then 1000 plots of land were reclaimed from the lake. Thence the great number of watermills that were built in its vicinity to work the havested cereals. We know that in Fimon Valley there have been up to seven working mills. No working mill is now existing, but Pro Locos and private supporters have restored a few of them, lest these buildings so rich in local history crumble into oblivion. Participants will also sightsee the pictoresque old Village of Fimon.
Starting-point: 08.45 am - Fimon's Church

May 03, Sunday

A wonderful valley at the feet of Berici Hills' highest peaks, rich in caves where pehistoric men dwelled and in rushing watercourses. In its heydays, the valley was busy with 12 working watermills. Today there's no working mill left, yet Pro Loco and private supporters have restored the interior of some of them, so that visitors can fully appreciate the way they used to work. Besides these, visitors will see the so-called Prisons, a large building carved out of the very mountain, whose origin and use is still mysterious today.
Starting-point: 08.45 am - from Mossano's Parish Church

May 24, Sunday

A walk down the paths of Val Massina, passing by ancient wells, fountains and cottages, without forgetting that in this valley there used to be the most ancient monastery in Vicenza. All while being surrounded by Berici Hills gorgeous green landscape. Come and discover the riches of Sarego.
Starting-point: 9.00 am - parking area of agritorism "La Luna nel Pozzo" -Sarego
Length: 2 and a half hours
Guide: Marco Marcheluzzo

June 21, Sunday

The largest valley in Berici Hills, that almost splits them into two, is Val Liona. The valley is rich in running waters: streams rush down from Grancona in the south, Bocca d'Ascesa in the east, and especially from Pozzolo in the north. The latter falls down abruptly from Pozzolo into Calto Valley. Since the oldest times locals have used these watercourses to make watermills work: indeed, up to seven watermills have been working in Val Liona until not so long ago. During this trip, we will visit the two still-working watermills, as well as the Tessari Mill. We will eventually visit the Museum of Rural Civilization in Grancona, where Mr. Etenli has put on desplay his rich and ever-growig collections of items and memorabilia of old Val Liona.
Starting-point: 08.45 am - Spiazzo di Grancona, parking area in front of Pro Val Liona's office

July 5, Suday

Was Paolo Orgiano, a local pester who was prosecuted and jailed in the 17th century, the source of inspiration for Manzoni's fictional character of Don Rodrigo, as some mantain? Probably not. He anyway lived and acted in Orgiano, a beautiful historical village in southern Berici Hills, and during this trip visitors will enjoy the drama and the intrigue of that Baroque story on the very spot it took place four houndred years ago. The Steward's Palace covered in inscriptions and coat-of-arms, the Parish Curch, the panoramic path that leads to the cemetery passing by Romalise stream. And the Workers' Society House, St.Rocco's Oratory, the magnificent Villa Fracanzan-Piovene and finally, Paolo Orgiano's very house.
Starting-point: 09.00 am - Orgiano, Town-Hall's Square

At the end of every excursion, Consorzio will offer the patecipants a drink and some snacks

Val di Calto Lago di Fimon Sarego Montegalda Chiesa di S. Rocco Palazzo dei Vicari