|The Fiat Panda, which we didn't get around to naming|
2 hours drive and we're soon in the heart of the Prosecco region, and what becomes our favourite accommodation of the trip, Agriturismo Le Noce - where the owls hoot during the night, the valley view from our upstairs bedroom window reveals the autumnal greeness of the season, and the loud braying of a donkey wakes us up in the morning.
|You should see the size of the handle on the door!|
We also visit the two main towns of the Prosecco region: Valdobaddiene is a thriving, prosperous town with some magnificent buildings, such as the one on the right. Apparently, Prosecco consumption has grown massively in the last 20 years, and many vineyards owners are now quite wealthy.
The other main town is Conegliano, the home of the global Prosecco winery Carpene Malvolti (their prosecco was served at our wedding reception) so we visited their winery and bought a couple of their premium bottles, purely for sentimental reasons, of course.
Melanie's dish, called Tagliere (the last one on the blackboard menu), was like an Italian version of a ploughman's lunch - polenta, fried mushrooms, frittata, local salami, cheese and beans.
There is a historic (well, rebuilt as historic after it was destroyed by the retreating Nazis) wooden bridge in Bassano del Grappa, which is popular with locals who drink the rhubarb based drink 'mezzo e mezzo' - we quite enjoyed it!
|View of Riva del Garda from a Venetian castle lookout|
|Any guesses as to the definition of 'tossico'....|
A lake cruise is a good way to get around, see other lake towns, and admire the nearby mountains.
The next morning, with a boot full of vinous loot, we set off for home from Lake Garda, stopping off for lunch in the town of Prato. It's been a varied trip, from Venice to Trieste to Prosecco to Grappa to Lake Garda, but there's no place like home!