Our original territory, the BERICI-SHIRE (Terra Berica), stretches south of Vicenza town, a geographic area marked by the gentle rises of the Berici Hills, by the wide valleys that snake their way through the hills, by the surrounding plains and by the open countryside that extends to the boundaries with the neighboring provinces of Padua and Verona. Fields and forests alternate with olive groves and vineyards, in a succession of valleys, hills, small plateaus, streams and canals.

An important protagonist of the Terra Berica, apart from Nature, is Culture, an integral part of the landscape. Just think of its vicinity to the city of Vicenza, a pearl of the Renaissance, that features an abundance of architectural works by Palladio and has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This small expanse of land is dotted with a wealth of villas, both Palladian and from various different periods, that can be admired together with fine examples of rural art, sanctuaries, churches, fountains. And then there are the picturesque hamlets and cave houses, evidence of ancient civilizations, museums that revive rural traditions and local crafts, prisons and fortresses, caves and quarries, landscapes.

The Berici Hills are also history. The natural landscapes encompass palpable evidence of a time gone by, which we should remember so that we can live well in the present; traces of medieval history with its Templars and Knights are still visible.

 In addition, Terra Berica, for the most part flat but with a rich and varied landscape, offers a large range of sporting opportunities. First and foremost hiking. There are numerous themed trails, easy ones and challenging ones depending on personal preference, that offer hikers the opportunity to admire some of the characteristic features of the territory. These include cultural itineraries that take you past villas, mills and caves, and nature walks where you can enjoy spontaneous orchids and Spring wildflowers in bloom. And of particular interest for Nordic Walking enthusiasts, there is Lake Fimon, with its rich flora and fauna landscape, perhaps best experienced in Autumn amidst the foliage or along the “Percorso Archeologico Valli di Fimon”(Fimon Valley Archeological Route). And then there are so many other sports to choose from, such as cycle tourism, up and down the Berici Hills or along the Olive Grove Route, trekking, the thrill of paragliding, horse riding, golf, orienteering…And then there are the donkey treks that offer a slow-paced discovery of the autochthonous grapes found throughout the territory.

We invite you to visit our territory, Bericishire, on:

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