Sunday, January 18, 2015

Castello di Conegliano

Cloudy and rain-threatening until 9AM when it suddenly cleared.  I rode down through Cordignano and Godega di Sant' Urbano to Conegliano.  Here I promptly flatted: now I finally have a butyl tube on the rear.  After a brief disoriented diversion to San Vendemiano I got back on track and found the turn for the castello.  It's not too steep and has beautiful views of prosecco vineyards, foothills and Dolomiti Bellunese.  

The castle grounds are lovely and would make a nice Sunday afternoon visit.  But I had a 2 hour ride home and needed to get going.  I tried a different route from Godega di Sant'Urbano, continuing on SS13 past Sacile and then to Vigonovo.  This route is about the same length but less hilly if your legs are tired.  Avoid it on weekdays though: way too many trucks.

Next time I'll leave earlier and spend some in the prosecco vineyards of San Pietro di Feletto and the castle at Susegana.

Castello from north

Castello courtyard with church and villa

The giardino behind the castello 

A view of the giardino from the north

Close up of tower

The wall around the giardino (from the south)

The walled entryway 

Close up of Gate Tower

Lovely villa in the prosecco vineyards

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