Walking around the Villa Barberina estate in the early morning, I ran into Primo Franco, the owner, and his grandson. Primo introduced his grandson as “Generation Five” and a future winemaker. The Franco’s are a lovely couple who consider themselves blessed to have had the opportunity to acquire Villa Barberina.
After our breakfast at the Villa Barberina, Primo suggested we drive west out of Valdobbiadene on Sunday to tour the small town of Asolo and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Villa di Maser. So we did.
All the roads in this area are beautiful and a great practice course for autocross. The small town of Asolo is mostly single lane, with a signal light and timer at each end to control the traffic. It seems to work for everyone except the bicycles. It appears nearly suicidal to ride bicycles on these small twisting roads – too narrow for two cars and a bike – but they are all over.
When we first arrived in Asolo, the square was filled, really filled, with joy riding motorcyclists. It must have been a quick espresso stop, as they soon throttled up and left en masse. We strolled the town after the departure of the bikes. It may be a tiny little mountain town, but not too small for a Farragmo shop displaying the Fall collection.
The joy of this area is the scenery and we soaked it in as we drove from Asolo to Maser. The Villa di Maser, a UNESCO site since 1996 is occupied by its current owners.
We toured the upper level open to the public with its beautiful frescoes painted by Paolo Veronese in the 16th century. The villas was built between 1550 and 1560 for the Barbaro brothers.
The Villa has its own vineyard and tasting room, where we sampled the extra dry and brut Prosecco. Our plans were to also tour the Villa Emo, but we happened upon that site during the afternoon lunch time, so it was closed.
Back to the Villa Barberina and resting by the pool, which I found too cool to dip into, but not Augie.