The Chicory Route
Venetian villas, nature reserves, castles and mills, towns of art – these are the gems that embellish the production area of the Chicory Route – Red from Treviso and Variegated from Castelfranco. There are three organized routes along which the visitor can find out more about these two varieties of chicory that colour the tables of the people from Treviso, not to mention the numerous shows that make up the "Winter Flowers" exhibition.
"The civilization of water from Treviso to Castelfranco Veneto" - This first itinerary connects Treviso to Castelfranco Veneto, ideally following the course of the river Sile, the resurgent waters of which contribute to the whitening of the chicory. After visiting the chief town of the Marchlands of Treviso, the visitor comes to the 'Mulino di Cervara' Nature reserve in S. Cristina in the municipality ofQuinto di Treviso, that was founded back in 1325. Passing through Morgano and Badoere the route continues to Levada, a hamlet of Piombino Dese and then Casacorba. Here the route turns north again and afterFanzolo di Vedelago, crosses Riese Pio X and Castello di Godego, an area of remarkable interest for the landscape and the natural environment. The itinerary terminates at Castelfranco, known for its crenellated walls.
"The land of Chicory from Treviso" - The second itinerary starts from Castelfranco Veneto and terminates in Treviso after having crossed the most significant areas of production of the Chicory plant, along that which can be defined as the central axis of the Chicory route – red variety from Treviso. The route passes through the municipalities of Preganziol, Casier, Zero Branco and Scorzé with stretches of fields characterized by the dark red-brown of the tufts of chicory, while the numerous Venetian villas embellish this area with a characteristic elegance.
"The Venetian countryside from Roman times to the Serenissima Republic" - The third itinerary passes through the most southern part of the area of production, between the old via Aurelia and the Terraglio, in an area of significant historical and cultural interest. There are numerous Venetian villas that bear testimony to the links between this part of the Marchlands around Treviso and the Venetian lagoon, particularly in the municipalities of Preganzioland Mogliano Veneto. From here the route proceeds in a western direction in the middle of the countryside along a scarcely inhabited road that runs through the Venetian and Paduan provinces to finally join up with the second itinerary in Piombino Dese.
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Photo: Andrea Pellizzer