Eating and Sleeping Along the Strada del Prosecco

Hotel Villa Abbazia in Follina

Although you could complete the 31-mile Strada del Prosecco in Italy’s Veneto region in less than a day, it’s more pleasant to take your time and draw out the experience.  You can’t eat your way through Veneto’s pleasures – gustatory and otherwise – in 24 hours, and who would want to? Traveling the Strada del Prosecco There are opportunities to hike, bike, horseback ride, golf, cave explore, ... Read Full Article

Day Tripping in The Veneto: Castelfranco del Veneto

Castelfranco_Wine _ Guidebook_

Approximately 40 miles inland from Venice and forty-five minutes’ drive from Asolo is the medieval walled town of Castelfranco del Veneto. Whether you’re en route to or from Venice, this medieval walled town makes for a lovely layover or stopover. A moat and crenellated walls enclose the remains of a 12th century castle from which the town takes its name. A statue of native son, Renaissance ... Read Full Article

Day Tripping in The Veneto: Asolo


When looking for sights in Italy to visit, do not forget about beautiful Asolo. Little Asolo is located thirty miles north of Bassano del Grappa and is tucked into the foothills of the Dolomites. This picturesque town with its cypress-covered hills served as a strategic stronghold in Roman times, a summer retreat for well-heeled Venetians in the 15th and 16th centuries, and later a bucolic getaway ... Read Full Article

Day Tripping in The Veneto: Bassano del Grappa

Pristinely kept pastel-colored buildings dot the Brenta River

  Situated at the foot of Monte Grappa, Bassano del Grappa is about a two hour drive northwest from Venice, making it an ideal day trip destination in The Veneto. This picturesque, pastel colored village on the River Brenta has two strong claims to fame: its Old Bridge, or Ponte Vecchio, and The Nardini Distillery, Italy’s oldest producer of grappa. I arrive late-morning with my hiking ... Read Full Article

Verona, Italy – City of Tragic Love and White Wine


  Approaching Verona , Italy on the train, I knew very little about the city other than that it is the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (though it is generally accepted by historians that Shakespeare never visited the city). I soon discovered that Verona, located in northeast Italy, offers a peaceful, quiet atmosphere, making it the perfect city to take a brief respite from ... Read Full Article