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In this chapter we discuss one of the most characteristic and evocative villages of the whole territory of the Berici Hills, the village of Costozza.

Costozza, an ancient agricultural village in the municipality of Longare, located not far from the wonderful historic center of Vicenza. It is surrounded by green hills characterized by a series of caves, natural and otherwise, which over the centuries were used both as quarries, but also as cellars and deposits.

Known as the Costozza Covoli, these cavities were connected with conduits to the noble villas, built in the town during the 17th century, to refresh the rooms in summer and cool them in winter. These caves are an extraordinary engineering work, made from the limestone of the Berici Hills, and used for a very long time especially for the conservation of wine and food.

Costozza

Not to be missed in the inhabited center is the Villa da Schio, an elegant structure built on the initiative of the Counts Trento in 1700, consists of three buildings, connected by a large and scenic park, formed by large terraces connected to each other by particular steps decorated with statues of Horace marinali.

This extraordinary Venetian villa is famous for its historic caves, or covoli, which have always been used as a cellar. Further on we can admire Villa Trento Carli, a residence built in 1645 by Count Alessandro Morlini Trento, at the foot of the hill and preceded by a large English garden.

Villa Trento Carli - Costozza

The building was built on a pre-existing fifteenth-century structure, of which we can still admire a room with a cross-vaulted ceiling and a large fifteenth-century coat of arms of the Trento counts. To stand out inside is the large upper room, built with considerable proportions and with a white and red terracotta floor.
Of particular historical and artistic interest is the noble church, the Oratory of San Michele, from the fifteenth century. Going up the hill next to the villa, along a lovely historical route, we reach the Pieve di San Mauro abbot, one of the oldest parish churches in the Vicenza area, which according to a Vatican document, was built in 1297. Of the ancient church, replaced in Seventeenth century, there are still two valuable cibori and a fourteenth-century plaque, walled at the base of the Romanesque bell tower.

◊ THE BERICI HILLS

The Berici Hills

From the karst rock walls to the gentle hilly slopes located south of Vicenza, the Berici Hills.

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The Vicenza Province

Famous for the nicknames about cats.

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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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