Tour of the Town Centre
Piazza G. Marconi, 1 - Valdobbiadene
A treasure trove of spirituality and a world of graceful beauty
This spellbinding tour leads visitors through sacred and spiritual sites and introduces them to interesting figures such as Saint Venantius Fortunatus, who was born in 540 AD in the ancient town of Duplavilis, which is now known as Valdobbiadene. The route takes in locations where time stands still amidst the land, the water and the sky. Small and large artistic treasures are dotted throughout the breathtaking landscape.
The tour starts on Piazza Marconi with a visit to the unmissable cathedral. Inside are exquisite works of art by such illustrious names as Francesco Beccaruzzi, Paris Bordon and Palma il Giovane. Standing tall outside is the bell tower designed by Francesco Maria Preti, which is adorned with a beautiful sundial by Giovanni Follador. The route continues along Via Piva to Villa dei Cedri, which is surrounded by vast grounds. Proceeding along Strada La Cordana, after a quick stop at the washhouse and the capital dedicated to Saint Venantius Fortunatus, the tour takes you to the church of San Floriano. Surrounded by thriving vineyards, it has magnificent views of the valley below. The trail then leads down to the ancient village of Ron, with its welcoming courtyards and old fountain. The next stop is the church of San Gregorio Magno: an old Capuchin monastery that never fails to astound visitors with its dignified charms.
The route then leads you back to Piazza Marconi, where the tour ends.
Technical rute information
Walking time: approximately 3 hours
Length: approximately 6 km
Start and finish: Piazza Marconi, gallery outside the Town Hall
A TOUR OF THE SUNDIALS IN VALDOBBIADENE
Along the route you can take a look at some of the many sundials adorning the walls of homes and churches, such as those on Strada
La Cordana and Via San Floriano. With more than 30 officially recorded sundials, Valdobbiadene played host to the 21st Italian National Gnomonics Seminar in March 2017. The ancient instruments for measuring time and life have strong roots in the local farming traditions. As well as the hours of the day, they show the seasons of the year that correspond to the different stages of the work in the fields. The sundials are marvellous examples of artistic, mathematical and astronomical prowess and they are often embellished with symbolic images and wise words. The most famous sundial in Valdobbiadene is unquestionably the one created by the Abbot Giovanni Follador on the southern façade of the cathedral bell tower in 1862. The original was destroyed by shelling during the First World War, so the sundial that can be seen today is actually a reconstruction. The motto “Time and life never stop” is written on the large dial, which is framed by two bands on the sides featuring decorative portrayals of the astrological signs.