Nature, culture, wine, food reign in Altamarca trevigiana

Five thematic-didactic parks are full of surprises

16 June, 15:25

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUN 16 - (by Patrizio Nissirio) (ANSAmed) - REVINE, JUNE 16 - The road is very bumpy but the two ex-military vehicles of Avventura Italiana's drivers proceed effortlessly across the forest of beech trees that cover the mountains of Altamarca trevigiana. The smell of the 'pojat', the cone of pressed earth inside which wood becomes coal, is in the air. Ottorino Soneghet, 82, the historic memory of the hard life of charcoal burners, talks to visitors about his hard childhood, when the 'cason', simple wooden huts, hosted large families working in charcoal production.

    This is the Parco dei Carbonai, one of five thematic-didactic sites that have joined forces in the area, together with their municipalities - Cordignano, Sarmede, Fregona, Revine Lago, Cappella Maggiore - to reach a wider public to promote their extraordinary nature, cultural heritage, wine and food. This area of the Veneto region still needs to be discovered by those coming from faraway places. The aim of the visit is not only to have fun: the area - which includes the Prosecco hills, a UNESCO world heritage site - is rich in tradition, history, arst and crafts.

    One of the attractions is the Parco della Fantasia in Sarmede, a town decorated with dozens of frescoes - half way between the Byzantine style and the school of Emanuele Luzzati - of Stepan Zavrel, the Czech painter, a giant of illustration, who lived here and "created a community around him - internationally renowned artists and intellectuals were regularly in his home", explained Uberto Di Remigio, president of the foundation named after the artist. The town hosts the splendid Museum dedicated to Zavrel, where the work of illustrators from around the world can be admired and where courses on illustration and theater set design are held. The community is inspired by art and fables: even the city hall is decorated with oneiric frescos.

    Visitors looking for nature can explore the Parco delle Grotte of Caglieron in Fregona, on the hillside of the plateau of Cansiglio, where the action of millions of years of natural forces joined hands with that of men who have been extracting here for a long time the 'dolza' stone used in construction. The area has water reservoirs, waterfalls, streams, impressive caves and geological formations - the past of this land can be explored simply by crossing a wooden bridge. And local delicacies include the sweet Torchiato wine, a specialty, and cheese seasoned in caves.

    The Parco archeologico-Didattico of Livelet, instead, allows visitors to step back in the past. Here, experimental archaeology has led to the reconstruction of three stilt houses to tell the story - especially to students - of the life of ancient Veneto populations from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, on the shores of the placid lakes of Revine, of glacial origin.

    The area is the destination of choice of cyclists, canoeists and trekkers and includes rushes and hidden bridges.

    Tourists looking for 'experiences', a growing trend over the past few years, can discover local food and wine. Between a Prosecco and other excellent wines, in Cappello Maggiore - which hosts the Parco dell'Olivo - it is possible to learn everything about olive oil, visiting for example the olive oil mill of the cooperative Reititia, which shows the production process and hosts tasting courses. The area, one of the most northern locations in Europe for oil production, is also home to experimental and didactic olive groves.

    With tourism and mobility on the rise again after the Covid-19 crisis, there is harsh competition between Italian and international locations. In this context, the five parks in the Treviso area are offering hospitality and originality. Venice is just a few dozen kilometers away, but Altamarca still needs to be entirely discovered. (ANSAmed)
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