The route of the Agno Valley
is particularly dedicated to those who love beautiful landscapes but there are still opportunities of cultural enrichment thanks to the many Venetian Villas you meet along the way.
The trail, about 125 kilometres long
, departs from Vicenza,
the city of Palladio
, whose historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO
, along with the Palladian Villas. We will take the SR11 which leads us to Montecchio Maggiore
, where we can stop for a visit to Villa Cordellina Lombardi
, which has in its main lounge a cycle of frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo
. Getting back on our bikes, we travel to Trissino and then Cornedo Vicentino
. Here we can visit the authorized factory: Ducati Motorsport Montagna.
Then proceeding along the SP46 we arrive at Valdagno
, home to the Museo Civico del Lago
(Lake Civic Museum) within the splendid Palazzo Festari
: here, numerous prehistoric fossils found in the valley are preserved which are very interesting and conjure images of Jurassic Park.
Once in Recoaro Terme
, in the upper Valley of Agno, the foothills of the Little Dolomites, we can stop to taste the local gastronomic specialities such as the very famous 'gnocchi con la fioreta
Departing onto the SP46, we head in the direction of Valli del Pasubio
and touch the towns of Schio, Malo and Piovene Rocchette.
We then advance along the final stretch of the route towards Thiene, Breganze, Dueville and Caldogno
. A visit to the Villa Caldogno
is not to be missed, a fine Palladian Villa on the list of UNESCO sites.
In Montecchio Maggiore, the two castles of Romeo (Castello della Villa) and Juliet (Bellaguardia Castle) stand close to one another. This area is the setting for the legend that inspired Shakespeare to write his famous tragedy.