The United Nations has named the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene Italy’s 55th UNESCO World Heritage site
The Prosecco Hills – one of the oldest wine regions in Italy and the birthplace of the world-famous sparkling wine – is joining the UNESCO World Heritage List. Just an hour’s drive north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomites, the Prosecco Hills is one of the world’s best and yet largely undiscovered wine regions. Here, ancient terraced vineyards clinging to the sides of every possible slope are dedicated exclusively to growing grapes for Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco, and with the region soon to be on travellers’ radars thanks to the new UNESCO status, now is the time to visit.
Adventure tour operator Exodus Travels offers an eight-day walking tour of the Prosecco Hills beginning with a gentle walk in the town of Cison di Valmarino, following waterways, tranquil woodlands and panoramic views over the farmland and villages far below.
In the heartland of the Prosecco Hills, namely Valdobbiadene, S. Pietro di Barbozza and S.Stefano, travellers have the opportunity to visit one of the top local Prosecco producers. There they can tour wine cellars and sample delectable varieties of Prosecco during a guided wine-tasting.
Walking upon rambling mazes, streets lined with arcaded walkways and circled by pretty walls in the capital province of Treviso, travellers will have some spare time to sample one of the creamiest desserts, Tiramisu, whose birthplace is rumoured to lie in this city.
The tour concludes with a walk in Mt Cesen, a humble and charismatic mountain that sits gracefully above the Prosecco Hills. With an altitude of 1570 meters, Mt Cesen offers a stunning panorama of the mountain pastures, meadows and vineyards walked upon throughout the week.
“We take travellers to this beautiful region every season and it has quickly become one of our top-selling tours. Undoubtedly, Italy has one of the most infectious and alluring cultures in the world, so it’s no surprise the UN has added another Italian destination to their list,” said Exodus Travels’ Australasian Territory Manager, Louisa Day.
The tour includes all transport, all breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, two wine tastings and accommodation throughout, with rates starting from AUD $2,379.