Now you arrive at Castello di Cordignano, the ruin of an 11th century castle. The defenders had a great view of any approaching armies. Normally I arrive here in the middle of a hard climb from the plain, and don't really clearly see the place, but today I was coming downhill so I could stop and check it out.
The descent continues to Villa di Villa then Caneva. Here starts another little climb up to Castello di Caneva, a better condition ruin. This one also was started in 11th century. It has a lovely old church with stain glass windows, though I haven't been inside.
The climb spirals around the little promontory and eventually arrives at a crossroad for Il Cansiglio and Sarone. I headed down the long grade through Sarone, a 150 meter plummet down to the lowlands where Fiume Livenza emerges from the base of the mountain, at the spring La Santissima.
From here a 25km rolling climb home on Via Pedemontane Occidentale. Several young fellows zipped by like I was standing still. Now I'm very tired.
|Castello di Cordignano fortification|
|Castello di Caneva|
|Rolling prosecco vineyards|
|Looking across the vineyards toward campanile di Caneva|
|The grade from Sarmede to Rugolo, castello di Cordignano, Caneva, castello di Caneva, Sarone|