Valdobbiadene: Prosecco takes to the streets.
History, art and traditions gathered in a goblet with golden hues
What it is and where it is
Nestled at the foot of the Cesen Massif, among hills literally carpeted with vineyards, Valdobbiadene is one of the two eponymous centers of Prosecco, a sparkling wine that requires no introduction. Suffice it to add that the municipality includes San Pietro di Barbozza, the reference center of the restricted production area of Superiore di Cartizze, as if to say the sanctum sanctorum of Prosecco, where, among other things, there is the greatest concentration of wineries.
Why it is special
The ancient rank of Valdobbiadene finds its main expression in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, heir to what a document from 1297 mentions as a pieve "de Dobladino." Rebuilt in the 15th century, the church took on its current neoclassical appearance in the early 19th century. The bell tower, completed in 1767, has been the pride and symbol of the municipality ever since: over seventy meters high, it is surmounted by an onion-shaped spire typical of Alpine churches.
Not to be missed
Valdobbiadene's attractions also include the cathedral's bell concert: three large bronzes cast in 1921 by the historic Colbachini foundry in Bassano del Grappa. The bells ring out to announce masses, especially on feast days. This is the moment when the square offers itself to the visitor in its most evocative atmosphere, almost suspended in time, and whatever the thought of the moment, it is spontaneous to turn one's eyes to the church.
A bit of history
The earliest records of Valdobbiadene date back to the Roman period, when it is described as a trading center at the Quero narrows, where the Piave River flows between Monte Grappa and Cesen. The crucial passages in its history are the dedication to the Republic of Venice, harbinger of great prosperity, and World War I, which instead causes the almost total destruction of the historic center. With reconstruction came the development of wine cultivation until the great successes of recent decades.
During World War I Valdobbiadene suffered heavy bombardment: period photos show the church uncovered and the barrel of the bell tower literally pierced by an artillery shell, with the copper 'onion' perilously at its apex. The bells, requisitioned for cannon bronze, were replaced in 1921.
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