|View of the not-so-distant foothills of the Dolomites|
|The tower of Conegliano Castle|
|Frescos on the wall of the Conegliano cathedral|
|The frescos are a reminder of the history embodied even in small regional towns.|
|The hills are covered by grape vines, almost entirely for Prosecco.|
|Our host at some Prosecco tasting.|
|The "Il Colle" winery is located in the small town of San Pietro di Feletto, on|
the northern fringe of Conegliano, It is well know for its superior production.
(photo from www.proseccoilcolle.it)
|Judy and Giacinto in the main theatre of the school|
|The spacious corridors of the main building are used to display artefacts|
and reminders of some of the research history and achievements of the school.
|Scuola Enologica di Conegliano (established 1876)|
The Road of the Hundred Days
|Yes, we are going up there!|
|Road passes through tunnels|
(one lane, with traffic lights)
|At Passo San Boldo (aka Umbaldopasso)|
|Commemorative marker board|
Our destination was Belluno, another town with an ancient history. Its name was given by the Celts who were here first: "belo-dunum" or "splendid hill". The local people swore "friendship" to Rome in the 225BC struggles against the gauls, and again during the Punic Invasion by Hannibal. In later centuries it was under the influence of the Lombards, the Carolingians (Charlemagne's empire) and eventually was allied to the Venetians (1404). After the fall of the Venetian Republic it became Austrian territory before being annexed to the emerging Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
|Mountain views on the road to Belluno|
|The historic, fortified part of the city sits up on a large rocky outcrop|
|The Palazzo dei Rettori|
|On the day of our visit the local car club was showing off|
its vehicles. So many Fiat 500 Bambini in one place.
|The apse of the 16th century Duomo towers above the hill slope.|
|There was some snow on the streets - at least enough to make this snowman|
|Several fine buildings display faded frescoes.|
|A closer look at some of the detail on the building above.|
|Piazza Maggiore (the Great Square) of Feltre|
|In this, as in so many others in this region, the columns in the|
square still carry the "winged lion" of the Republic of Venice.
|The Office of the Health Department|
|The familiar "winged lion" column erected in towns under Venetian control.|
The buildings around the piazza have a very "Venetian" look to them.
|Looking upwards along a narrow foot lane to buildings in the upper town.|
|The Feltre Duomo|
|Memorial on a cathedral wall.|
|The passageways beneath several buildings provided some|
protection from the weather as we walked around the town.
|The Duomo in Feltre|
(The belltower at rear is hidden by fog)
|One of Feltre's many remaining grand palazzo.|
Valdobbiadene is a familiar name to those who drink Prosecco. The belt from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano produces the highest grade of the wine.
|We finally got there - here's the photo to prove it.|
|We are joining the "Strada del Prosecco" (Prosecco Road)|
through the best Prosecco country to "home" in Conegliano.
|The Venetians just loved building huge bell towers|
in the towns within the Republic of Venice.
|Judy, Giacinto and Egidia admire|
the Christmas tree in a wine shop.
|We saw many large, warm fur coats whilst in Europe. This|
short style and the hat has a distinctly "mountain" appearance.
|Prosecco, prosecco ..... it's planted everywhere.|
Trade legislation changed the grape's name to "Glera" a few years
|A large and elegant wine shop and art gallery.|
They do stock other wines. See plaque below.
|That's novel - a gallery-wine cellar. Appreciate the wine|
and become familiar with the associated art and history.
|A little bit of Christmas lingers on|
|Vines are just everywhere. Picturesque views of the Alps in the distance.|
|With our kind and generous hosts: Giacinto and Egidia|