Strada Del Prosecco; Valdobbiadene, Follina, Conegliano and then southward to Fiesole/Caldine

grapes and hills

Monday morning we bid farewell to Annalisa and Primo Franco and started driving along what is known as the Strada Del Prosecco,  the wine route.   The small winding road runs along the foothills of the Treviso province, through gently rolling hills, passing some of the loveliest vineyards we have seen yet.  We made many stops to photograph the beauty of the area.

Along the Strada Del Prosecco

Along the Strada Del Prosecco

vineyards

A&T plus L

grapes

L in vines

http://www.prosecco.it/en/enoturismo/strada.php

Our first planned sightseeing excursion was the Abbey of Follina, what Primo considered a not to be missed sight.  The Abbey of Santa Maria in Follina dates to the 12th Century.  The beautiful old stone structure was quiet and peaceful, and still in use today.  There was one woman inside the church praying when we arrived, but otherwise we walked through the buildings undisturbed.

The Abbey of Santa Maria in Follina

The Abbey of Santa Maria in Follina

Follina Abbey interior

Follina Abbey interior

Abbey sign

abbey

Romanesque Cloister 1268

Romanesque Cloister 1268

abbey 2

http://visittreviso.it/en/religious-sites/abbey-of-follina#.VefdbyVViko

From the Abbey we continued along the wine route towards Conegliano with its castle and Wine Academy.  The road leading up to the castle on the highest point of the city was so narrow that going through the city wall we had to pull in the side mirrors on the Audi to pass through the archway.  After surviving the drive to the top we discovered that the castle was closed, and many of the shops and restaurants as well because it was Monday.  We made a quick tour of the old town area and then continued on our southward trek, as this was our day to travel the most miles.

The old castle in Conegliano

The old castle in Conegliano

castle flags

Cathedral facade in Conegliano

Cathedral facade in Conegliano

conegliano

Piazza Cima in Conegliano

Piazza Cima in Conegliano

From Congeliano we hopped onto the autostrade and made good time towards Firenze. We are staying in the small town of Fiesole/Caldine just north of Florence.  This is another property we found on VRBO.

The road leading up into the hills from Caldine to the Fattoria Il Leccio, the home of Andrea Passigli

The road leading up into the hills from Caldine to the Fattoria Il Leccio, the home of Andrea Passigli

Andrea sent us detailed directions from Fiesole, and without them we never would have found the 200 year old house hidden in the olive grove.  The small, mostly gravel road took us back up into the hills from Caldine.  Andrea, a concert pianist, greeted us and gave us a tour of the farm his grandfather bought in the 1920s.  The house we are staying in was one of the original farm houses and Andrea’s studio, complete with three Steinway grand pianos, was originally part of the stables.

Andrea Passigli playing one of his pianos in his studio

Andrea Passigli playing one of his pianos in his studio

After settling in, we made our way to the local Co-Op for groceries and cooked ourselves a dinner of pasta with pesto.  We toasted the Prosecco country with the Nino Franco bottle of Prosecco given to us by Annalisa and Primo upon our departure.

Dinner on the patio

Dinner on the patio

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