The route is circular with departure and arrival in Piazza Italia, in front of the Town Hall of Montebello Vicentino. The first 3.5 km are flat and run along the cycle / pedestrian path on the right bank of the Chiampo stream, which gives its name to the whole valley. Arrived at the pedestrian crossing on the provincial road SP22 of Sorio, turn right towards Contrada Mason (name that derives from “mansio” which means a Roman station).
La Mason was the main Templar seat in the province of Vicenza since 1189. It then continues slightly uphill to the Obelisk (commemorative monument of the battle of Sorio for independence in 1848). After 4.8 km you arrive in the locality of Guglia and then descend until you cross a municipal road. From there, following the red signs, cross the paved road and climb along the crest of the hill, the first offshoot of the Lessini Mountains with its ordered vines that give rise to Durello wine. On the left, there is a splendid view of the Gambellara area, which gives its name to the other renowned white wine of the area. At km 7.5 you reach Contrà Guarda and another crossroads where you go straight. Following the red signs, go along the ridge up to Contrà Pieropan. Then turn left and take the Agugliana ring (called la Campagnola). At km 9.4 you reach Località dai Casarotto, the highest point of the route at 357 meters above sea level. Once you reach the ancient Church of Agugliana, you stop and gaze out over the valley below which overlooks the plain and the Berici Hills.
Considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the province: the beauty of the Conca d'Oro, so called for its shape and the flourishing viticulture leaves you spellbound. Another fifty meters ahead and turn right onto a dirt path dedicated to Mario Filotto. Back on the road again, continue towards the Church of Zermeghedo (the municipality which by extension is the smallest in the Veneto region) and following the red signs you reach the steep ascent of Cà del Lupo, from whose top you can enjoy the lovely view on the castles of Romeo and Juliet of Montecchio Maggiore. At km 16.3. As you descend towards the town you can admire the grandeur of the Maltravesi Castle (12th century) and a little further downstream, on the left, we can sadly linger over the ancient splendors of Villa Miari. We are now in via San Francesco, a stone's throw from the arrival in Piazza Italia.
Safety informationAccessible every day of the year, given the conformity of the terrain, it is not recommended to travel immediately after the rains and in the summer, avoid too hot hours. Embark on the excursion with suitable footwear, a supply of water and snacks appropriate to your needs.
Tips and hintsFurther information on historical's points of interest on the website www.traviseleolivari.it
Getting thereMontebello Vicentino exit | A4 highway Serenissima Turin-Trieste |