The Radicchio Route: an opportunity to cycle a tasteful itinerary, pedalling along a gastronomic route in the typical Treviso radicchio production area. But that’s not all: an opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural, historical and cultural value of the Veneto region and discover its riches.
FINISH: Castelfranco Veneto
LENGTH: 127 km
TIME: 3-4 hours by bike
MAXIMUM RISE: 150m
MAXIMUM DOWN: 127m
The gastronomic itinerary of the Radicchio Route connects Treviso to Castelfranco Veneto, passing through various locations and points of interest.
The itinerary leads to the final stop: Castelfranco Veneto, a village surrounded by 930-metre-long walls with six original towers.
The Radicchio Route is full of things to do and see. The must-do activities, as they encapsulate the heart and meaning of the course, are:
In the hinterland of the Marca trevigiana there are numerous companies that allow you to see the entire production cycle of Radicchio trevigiano: how it is harvested, processed by hand and then packaged.
Among the things to see along the way, however, you cannot miss:
The best known and most attractive is Giorgione’s Altarpiece: a 16th-century oil painting that captures the viewer in a strong emotional involvement.
Then there is the Casa Giorgione Museum (Casa Pellizzari), which breathes an ancient air and preserves precious objects and architectural reconstructions that tell the story of Giorgione’s life. The visit is pleasant throughout the historical centre, in the squares and along the walls.
It is good to conclude with some useful information and curiosities about radicchio and its Road, so as to give more value to the experience and live it consciously.
The Radicchio Road is also accessible all year round, also because it has several shaded areas or useful shelters.
Of course, individual and associated wineries are also highlighted, as well as typical food and craft products.
To be authentic, Radicchio trevigiano IGP must come from the typical area between the provinces of Treviso, Padua and Venice. Moreover, it must be obtained according to the traditional forcing and bleaching technique.
The latter, which made possible the transformation of the bitter chicory into prized radicchio, is believed to be attributable to a precise historical fact: the nurseryman Francesco Van De Borre, tending an English garden in the Treviso Villa Palazzi, is said to have imported the technique from Belgium.
In any case, the authentic Radicchio trevigiano is recognisable by characteristics such as: elongated shape, compact leaves, presence of a root part.
The leaves are wine-red in colour, with a thick, white dorsal rib.
In the municipality of Scorzé (province of Venice), the fraction Rio San Martino is home to the annual and important Radicchio Festival. The place is populated with food and wine stands, exhibitions-markets of early and late Radicchio di Treviso, music concerts of various kinds, themed dinners, and a variety of shows.