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Exploring Italy’s Prosecco Road

Italy really didn’t waste any time winning me over. I drank the most delightful sparkling wine I’ve ever had, ate the freshest, most delicious pasta of my life, and enjoyed the most sweeping vineyard views I’d ever laid eyes on—and this was only day one.

The months leading up to this day were filled with me hunched over my laptop, simultaneously planning a wedding and a month-long honeymoon. Believe it or not, the wedding was the easy part. The honeymoon, however, required hotels or Airbnbs in each of our various stops, planned and booked activities, and heaps of research to even figure out where to go in the first place. My thoughts were scattered in hundreds of places and it had been a while since I’d gotten to relax.

Luckily, that’s what Prosecco Road is all about.

“I take you to a few wineries today,” Oriana, our driver for Prosecco Road, told us. “And I show you some of my favorite places here.” I settled into the passenger seat of her van with a smile, reveling in finally not having to be the decision-maker for once.

When researching this region (which is just north of Venice), it looked like a lovely yet impossible idea. The only online resources I could find were a few maps and some suggested wineries, meaning we would have to rent a car and go this whole thing ourselves. Luckily, we found Oriana, an English-speaking driver who offered to show us the area.

To inquire about a tour of Prosecco Road, reach out to Oriana directly:

It’s rare that I let someone else take the reigns with an entire day of travel, but sometimes it’s necessary—especially in an area like Prosecco Road. There are simply too many wineries, too many little restaurants, and too many beautiful places to try and see, most of which you won’t find in a guidebook anyway. Hiring a knowledgeable local meant we enjoyed a perfectly crafted itinerary of hidden gems, food, wineries, and views without any of the work.

Drivers in Italy have connections, too, so that means we waltzed into a few places where there were no other visitors at the time. Business owners greeted us warmly and clearly had a rapport with Oriana, giving us VIP treatment. The first winery we visited, Marchiori, gave us an exclusive tour. The restaurant we went to whipped up a lunch just for us. Even as we left the church in town, Oriana was saying hello and goodbye to people she clearly knew.

I may not have enjoyed Venice that much, but I absolutely adored Prosecco Road. Even just looking through my pictures makes me want to book another ticket to Italy. I only spent one day there, but I could have easily stayed here for days, enjoying this tiny sip of heaven on earth.

Plan Your Trip to Prosecco Road in Italy: Getting There & Getting Around

To get to the region, you can either drive from Venice or take the train up and have a driver meet you. Not wanting to deal with the notoriously windy roads in and around the area, we booked Oriana and met her at the Susegana train station. The train ticket was about 12 Euros.

To get around, definitely book a driver. Unless you’re fluent in Italian, planning which wineries to go to (and making reservations) feels nearly impossible. And when you’re actually there and driving around, you’ll need to watch how much you drink and you won’t get to enjoy the views.

I can’t recommend Oriana enough. She truly took care of us throughout the whole day, answered all of our questions, and took us to places we wouldn’t have chosen or even known about otherwise.

There aren’t really many formal tours that go through the region since the demand isn’t nearly the same as it is in a region like Tuscany. Also, fees for Italians to become official tour guides are high, so hiring a guide for any activity in Italy will cost significantly more. A driver will still be as knowledgeable but won’t be as expensive (this goes for all of Italy).

Plan Your Trip to Prosecco Road in Italy: Where to Stay

You can stay in Venice and easily make the day trip up by train like I did. If you decide to spend more time there, look for someplace between Vittorio and Valdobbiadene which is the heart of it all. Agriturismos, or farmhouses, are the best option for traveling in more rural places in Italy. They’re affordable, usually costing around 60-80 Euros per night for 2 people, and often include options for food during your stay (which is, of course, locally sourced or made on site). A few wonderful options:

Plan Your Trip to Prosecco Road in Italy: What to Do & What to See

The goal here is relaxation, drinking prosecco, eating great food, and enjoying views. This is why, if you’re not doing a day trip, staying at an agriturismo is ideal—you’ll likely have all of these options right at your fingertips. Any host will offer you plenty of locals’ recommendations, but a few places you should try not to miss:

  • Locanda Marinelli, home to that amazing pasta in the video. It looks like they also have an inn!
  • Marchiori Winery, a delightful family-owned winery. Oriana organized our visit here, so as with most wineries in the area, it’s best to make appointments or have someone do so for you.
  • Col Vetoraz Winery, which has wonderful views. The famed prosecco vending machine is here, too.

This post is sponsored by Oriana, our guide in Prosecco Road. I only recommend products or services I love wholeheartedly, and my opinions stated here are my own.

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