Situated in Treviso, with about 40.000 inhabitants, Conegliano lies among Prosecco-producing vineyards. A strong tradition, whose roots are lost in centuries, which has culminated with the foundation of the oldest Oenological School of Italy in 1876, where winemakers from all over Italy learn their craft. Students will be welcomed not only by this poetic and relaxing environment but also from striking architectural-artistical ancient style buildings. The city’s downtown is dotted by precious testimonies. Via XX Settembre, the winding and arcaded main street, is lined with fine 15Th to 18Th century places, many in the Venetia Gothic style or decorated with fading frescoes. The Duomo contains the town’s one great work of art, an altarpiece painted by the local artist Cima da Conegliano (1457-1517) depicting the Virgin and the Child with Saints (1493). The detailed landscapes in the background of his paintings were based on the hills around the town. The some views can still be seen from the gardens surrounding the Castelvecchio (old castle). Still preserved is the small artist’s house, with all the ancient furniture preserved and a set of paintings reproductions of his most important works of art. Also visitable the ancient castle at the top of the main hill (were the collection spans from a paintings gallery to furniture ad armors of late Renaissance) and the “Sala dei Battuti e del Capitolo” (symbols of civic power).

If the willingness to travel and discover new places is strong Conegliano’s position turns out to be strategic. Treviso, Venezia, Verona, Vicenza and Padova can be reached without any difficulty by train or by car. During the winter season, for skiing or just relaxing, Cortina, the so called “pearl of the Dolomites”, is just one hour by car. While spring week-ends can be spent in some touristic beaches such as Lignano, Caorle or Jesolo.

Map of Conegliano