‘Hogback’ hills might not sound beautiful, but today’s Italy Pic of the Day proves they are not only beautiful, they are UNESCO World Heritage Site worthy. Welcome to Prosecco country in the Veneto region of Italy, where landscapes are cultural expressions of community.
Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
For the Best Views of Valdobbiadene Visit Osteria Senz’Oste
If you’re looking for the best views in Valdobbiadene or a spot for a Prosecco picnic between the vines, head to Osteria Senz’Oste. Aka l’Oste che non c’é translates to the host isn’t here. As the name implies you will not find a host. In fact, chances are good, no one will be working.
Imagine if you will, an unassuming 19th century farmhouse perched on the top of a hill named Cartizze. As words spread that the farmhouse held the most epic views in Valdobbiandene, friends and friends of friends began stopping by. All with the hopes of finding a glass of Cartizze or Prosecco and a view.
In time, the owner of this private property simply put out a kitchen table with 3 bottles, 6 glasses and a note. “Value of 10€, help yourself and have a good tasting.” The goal was to prevent friends or passers-by from feeling like freeloaders. From there, the word spread like wildfire and soon friends started coming by from Germany, France and Japan.
The owner started working with the local tourism office to create an honor system that included small bites of cured meats, cheeses and local sweets. The result? The legendary location grew in popularity. Today, the popularity of the location means this hostless Osteria, really could use a host. Instead the honor system has been replaced by vending machines and an open door policy till 10PM.
Our visit was in August, 2020. During Italian summers, parking is tricky to say the least.
We had to wait briefly and jockey for a spot with a view. Worth the wait for pretty memorable family photos!
If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there’s a secret. Look up!
Join me for Monday’s Italy Pic of the Day to find out where the lesser known path up at L’Osteria senz’Oste leads to.