We’re located in the heart of The Veneto: round about us are the villages of Asolo, Valdobbiadene, Bassano del Grappa and other gems steeped in history, art and local flavours.
Villa Serena Holiday Farm is the perfect choice for anyone who has business in Montebelluna or the surrounding area, and for couples and families seeking a relaxing break in the country but close to cultural sites. The villa is the ideal base for visitors touring the Veneto foothills and the historic and cultural interest they have to offer, and those sampling the food and wine tours available in this magnificent region.
The town of Montebelluna stands on a hill 109 metres above sea level. Montebelluna is the world capital of sports footwear and has a Footwear Museum, amongst its other attractions. There are many small towns around the villa, well worth visiting for their charm and their historic appeal (Asolo, Castelfranco Veneto, Possagno, Bassano del Grappa, Valdobbiano and Conegliano). We’re also within easy travelling distance of the incomparable Venice lagoon and the fascinating historic city of Treviso
Montello – nature and memories of the Great War
The ‘monticellus’ is a truly unique place full of fragrant herbs and wild shrubs. Once used by the Serenissima Republic as a forest reserve for shipbuilding timber, it was where the final scenes of the Great War were played out and is now the custodian of important testimonies, monuments and relics from that time.
The MeVe, a Venetian memorial dedicated to the Great War, has been established at the Villa Pisana in Montebelluna.
Asolo, the inspiration for Asolo artists
A jewel of a town and undisputed muse of artists of every era since the time of Queen Catherine Cornaro. The ‘city of a hundred horizons‘, as Giosuè Carducci was pleased to call it, is today considered one of the most beautiful places in the world with its diminutive piazzas and breathtaking panoramic views.
Maser and Possagno, esteemed by Palladio and Canova
An itinerary with plenty to see on the plain of the ‘hundred bell towers‘ between the Asolo hills and Monte Grappa. Located deep in the abundant nature of woodland and orchards, there are works to admire by many great artists of different eras, including Andrea Palladio, Antonio Canova and Carlo Scarpa.
Castelfranco Veneto and Giorgione
Castelfranco is the city of Giorgione, an extraordinary artist of the Venetian Renaissance famous for his paintings of unparalleled beauty, from the Pala (which hangs in the Duomo) to the Tempesta.
Inside the castle at Castelfranco Veneto it’s a veritable treasure chest of artistic gems that combines a variety of important architectural styles, including some with a medieval stamp and others from the 18th century.
Treviso with its waterways and Canals
The city of Treviso is a little gem in itself and can easily stand up to comparison with nearby Venice with its stupendous views of arcades and canals to charm visitors. The Urbs Picta is full of frescoed buildings and vestiges ranging from the Middle Ages to the 16th century.
After crossing its encircling walls via the river Sile, take a pleasant stroll around the historic houses and mills and admire the weeping willows. Pescheria island where the fish market is held perfectly represents the union of the ‘glorious and welcoming’ city and its waterways.
The incomparable Venice and its islands
Venice rises out of a lagoon and comprises over 100 islands. It boasts countless attractions including the Piazza San Marco, many museums and famous designer stores. Easily accessible from Villa Serena by train or bus, Venice is essential if you want to see a truly unique place – it’s one of the most enchanting cities in the world. There are plenty of excursions; a trip to the nearby islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello takes just a few minutes by vaporetto.
Since 1932, the city has also hosted the famous Venice Film Festival every September, attracting international stars all aspiring to win the Golden Lion September.
Dive into the flavours of the region
The cuisine of Treviso is closely linked to its rural traditions and popular culture and is a perfectly harmonious combination of the produce of the land: the famous red Treviso radicchio and variegated Castelfranco radicchio, Cimadolmo asparagus, fresh cheeses, mountain cheeses, wild mushrooms and herbs, and Montello potatoes.
A large basket of traditional products to be savoured along with the wines of the province: Prosecco DOCG from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, vigorous whites (Chardonnay and Pinot) and full-bodied reds (Merlot and Cabernet) from Piave, Montello and Colli Asolani
Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene DOCG
The Strada del Prosecco lies between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, a DOCG production area covering 15 municipalities and around 5,000 hectares of vineyards located among rolling hills, occasionally interspersed with ancient abbeys, age-old trees and rustic cottages.
The ‘Prosecco hills‘ of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019.
In addition to the uniquely beautiful scenery along the way, you’ll sample the typical aromas of modern wine par excellence in traditional taverns: from Spumante wines (the most well-known) along with Frizzante and Tranquillo, to the Brut, Extra Dry and Dry varieties distinguished by their residual sugar. Also not to be missed are the characteristic Rive and Superiore di Cartizze, as well as the wines of the Asolo DOCG area.
White Asparagus from Cimadolmo
Try the white asparagus from Cimadolmo too – the pride of Treviso cuisine – accompanied by a good Raboso del Piave wine from nearby Oderzo, which was a thriving city in Roman times and one of the biggest in the north-east; many archeological artefacts have been found there.
Radicchio Rosso IGP
The Red Treviso radicchio – king of the gastronomic tradition of the Marca region – along with the variegated Castelfranco Veneto radicchio, is cultivated and processed in the lower Treviso area, from where it is said to originate. You’ll find it in dishes ‘across the board’ in local restaurants and it features in various recipes through which it has become famous all over the world.
Asolo Cherries and Olive Oil
The famous Maser cherries and excellent olive oil grown on the splendid hills of Asolo benefit from the mild climate and particularly fertile soil. The age-old olive trees and cherry trees in bloom give this region a unique beauty of its own.
The Pedemontana lands are famous for producing superb cheeses. From Inbriago, matured in soft pomace from local red vineyards, to Morlacco, which gets its typical flavour from the rich and varied flora of the Grappa pastures. Casatella Treviso, famous for its creaminess, is also produced in the Marca region.
The wild herbs of Montello
Along with other areas, Montello is famous for the variety of herbs that grow wild in its woods and meadows – from hops to dandelions and wild nettles – which add their colours and unique flavour to the dishes served in traditional local restaurants.
Grappa di Bassano
The best grappa in Italy is produced at the very foot of Ponte Vecchio bridge. Bassano’s gastronomic tradition also includes the preparation of traditional products such as cod with asparagus; the pride of the city along with the famous Nardini and Poli grappa distilleries