Arrive at La Montecchia, an agricultural estate where the cultivation of grapes for winemaking, begun in the Middle Ages, is still the main activity.
On a hilltop on the estate stands a late-Renaissance Hunting Lodge of rare beauty, owned by the Emo Capodilista family for 22 generations, with sumptuous interiors decorated with extraordinary trompe l'oeil frescoes depicting the family’s history. At the end of the visit, stop at the Estate’s shop to taste the refined, award-winning wines produced here.
Continue along a splendid road through the Hills to Villa Sceriman, designed by the young Palladio. At this important organic wine-producing estate, visitors can enjoy a Veneto-style snack beneath the pergola or inside the barchessa (agricultural wing of the Villa). Those who wish to may purchase gourmet products in the wine and food shop in the old stable building.
Descending from the hills, arrive at Casa Dalla Francesca, an 18th-century villa with lands that have been kept as they were three centuries ago. The estate is a true “educational” farm, where the owner leads visitors on walks through uncontaminated nature maintained in perfect biological equilibrium.
Visitors can observe bees going about their daily work and taste honey directly from the hive; meet animals at pasture and in the farmyard, including pigs, goats, geese and chickens; and cross fields bordered by old-growth hedges abounding with succulent wild berries. Then head to the table, where lunch focuses on recipes based on both old family recipes and natural foraged products – a unique and special experience. Organic products are available for purchase in the estate’s shop.