In this chapter we talk about the karst rock walls and the gentle hill slopes located south of Vicenza, the Berici Hills.
The Berici Hills are gentle miniature mountain ridges, complete with rocky walls that can reach a hundred meters and long slopes patiently cultivated by man. Located south of the historic center of Vicenza, they reach a maximum of 445 meters above sea level, have a morphology, generally soft, with the exception of some sections, which are affected by rocky parts. Totally isolated from the Lessini Mountains to the west and the Euganean Hills to the east, the Berico relief is characterized by a somewhat harmonious and relaxed morphology, completely different from the bizarre conicity of the Euganei.
The substantial difference is that the Euganei are made up of trachyte, a type of volcanic rock, formed in underground environments, while the Berici are mainly calcareous, that is, a type of rock that was created by the slow deposition of sands and marine organisms, on the bottom of an immense lagoon.
Its climate, much more pleasant than that of the surrounding plain to the point that, in the southern part of the conformation, there is a typical vegetation of the Mediterranean areas.
All these features, together with the abundance of limestones, i.e. building stone, the spread of karst both on the surface and in the subsoil, from which numerous caves or covoli are accompanied, have made Berici hills since prehistoric times, one of the places in the Veneto more privileged by nature.
Fortunately, the exploitation by man, except in some cases, has been quite contained, indeed, in some circumstances it has enriched the landscape, through the creation of some works of art, such as the Palladio rotunda, in harmony with the territory.
This mountainous outcrop preserves inside a natural jewel of infinite beauty, Lake Fimon, which in addition to the great landscape value, its importance is linked to the unique habitat, with the presence of flora and fauna typical of wetlands and a important weekend leisure place for many people from Vicenza. This area offers sports enthusiasts many possibilities such as: cycling, trekking, climbing, fishing, horse riding and paragliding.
We cannot fail to mention the excellent cuisine, enclosed in the typical Vicenza taverns, with its wide range of typical products, such as black truffle, peas, soft ham, radicchio, beers and grappas. Dominating the landscape of the Berici Hills, already framed by woods, vineyards and olive groves, are the numerous Palladian country villas, designed and built for landowners, and above all stands the large Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Berico, a destination for pilgrimages from all the triveneto.
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It is one of the most industrialized and richest areas in Italy but, at the same time, still maintains many green and wild areas. You’ll beamazed by the charm of this city thanks to its Palladian villas, sumptuous palaces, the great green valleys that run throughout the territory, such as the Valsugana, and the great enchanted woods of the Seven Municipalities Plateau. Do not miss the typical towns of Vicenza, set in the territory as precious diamonds, which preserve works and typical products of the highest prestige. This province, famous for the nicknames about cats, will surprise you day by day for its artistic beauties scattered throughout the territory. Plan your holidays in the province of Vicenza, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you to take the right path for your trip.
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The Veneto Region, nestled in the north-east of Italy, is a mix of history and traditions and, all of it, is enriched by the liveliness of its inhabitants and by a wide range of typical products all to be savored. From the highest peaks of the Dolomites, he embraces and welcomes each visitor with brotherly warmth, accommodating him among the many lounges of his cities of art, giving him unforgettable emotions. Turning between the pages of this site, you can organize your next holidays in the Veneto region and thanks to the many photos published, everything will be very simple.
In this chapter we discuss Sport, that is, from the easiest sports activities for families to the most complex and demanding ones.
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In this chapter we discuss the Nature that surrounds us, a territory rich in biodiversity and particularly fragile, therefore absolutely to be respected.
In this chapter we discuss the history which, over time, has transformed, shaped and marked the territory of the Veneto region.