Voyage à Breganze
Of course the following mainly concern a trip on a motorcycle, and preferabily on a Laverda in order to savour all the charm and the atmosphere, so special to the Veneto...
matter that the bike would come by the road, by train or on a trailer, the most
important is that the discovery of this country is done on 2 wheels!
The weather is typically cold and wet in winter, hot and thundery in summer. In spite of a frequent sunshine, it is not so rare to meet some showers and storms in summer, with strong winds and sometimes hailstorms.
One can divide the trip in two main parts:
The Breganze area which can be considered as a pilgrimage to the Laverda history.
1- Breganze :
: The historical Laverda places:
The central square of Breganze is not directly an historic place regarding Laverda, however it was very often used for meetings of all local or foreign motorcyclists. It is not then unusual, while you are drinking one of these famous Cappuccino at the Caffè Centrale, that local people comes to contemplate your bike and speak about an era when almost each family had a member working at the Laverda factory.
Savouring a "ristretto" or a cappuccino at the "Caffè Centrale" on the central square of Breganze is a must for any Laverdist coming to Breganze!
1-2 : Lodging:
As previously said, no real possibility of camping around Breganze. Hotels are the way to go and they generarly provide a great stay.
all the good places:
Hôtel Pedrocchi at San Giorgio di Perlena (2 miles from Breganze) : A place of
choice for a nice stay. www.hotelpedrocchi.it. Tel: 0445.851194, fax: 0445.851366.
1-3 : Restaurants:
the adresses above, many restaurants can be found at Breganze, most around the
1-4 : Various:
Winery of Breganze (cantina sociale San Bartolomeo), downtown: The Breganze wine is an official brand.
2- The rides:
The Veneto offers many great rides, some of them will be unforgettable thanks to the special charm of the country...
The indicated mileages are all from Breganze. Map: Michelin #562.
Road Marostica - Bassano del Grappa (About 15 miles, East) :
Allows to avoid the traffic on the large S46 road. Scenic road through the wineries.
Marostica is a very nice medieval city, surrounded by ramparts. The scenic central
square, where shops, "gelaterie" (italian ice-creams) and restaurants
can be found, is famous for the chess tournament which is organized each even
year, during the 2nd week of September. The chess pieces are real men in medieval
dresses. The most famousplayers come from all around the world.
* Climb the Monte Grappa (About 35 miles, East-NE) : From Bassano del Grappa. Not only a very beautiful and scenic mountain road, this is also a sort of pilgrimage as it was often used by the factory to test the bikes, notably in the 50s when the 5 first prototypes of the first Laverda motorcycle (the 75cc) had been tested. The very sinuous road goes to the summit at 1775 meters of altitude. Small mountain refuge (food and drinks) at the summit.
* Road to Lusiana (About 10 miles, North) : North from San Giorgio di Perlena. Very nice small mountain road climbing to Lusiana, scenic views.
* Museum of ceramic à Nove (6 miles, East) : Ceramic is an old tradition in the country.
* Altipiano of Asiago (60 miles tour, North) : Scenic mountain roads, perfectly maintained. The tour begins at Breganze, comes to Thiene then take the road #S349 to Asiago (warning, speed cameras!). Then the road is #72 to Turcio and the small village of Laverda. Cheese factory and historical places (First WW) at Asiago.
* Tour in the Dolomites (about 180 miles, North) : All the splendour of the Dolomites! The tour comes from Bassano del Grappa then takes the #R50 road to San Martino di Castrozza and the Rolle Pass, then comes back by the Cadino valley and the Mangheri Pass at 2047 meters of altitude.
Venice (60 miles, South-East) :
Not really the best option to go to Venice on a motorbike due to problems of parking
at the entrance of the city (Parkings affiliated to the Automobile club of Italia
are better), however taking the long bridge joining the old city is a great experience
and a good way to take pictures!
* Chioggia (70 miles, South-East) : Chioggia is just like Venice one century ago! The channels are still used by the fishmen and the sellers of fruits and vegetables, one can still go to downtown with a motorcycle, there are much less tourists compared to Venice, etc... And of course, everybody will ask you: "How did you do to bring your bike in Venice??..." Excellent for the pictures... Let us note that the famous pictures of the 1000 Laverda, shown in the factory brochure in 1974 (see below) had been taken at Chioggia...
Road of the Venitian Villas (coming back from Venice or Chioggia for example)
: There are
many of these luxurious villas in the Veneto (in fact some small italian castles),
designed by the famous architect Palladio, decorated by Veronese, they were the
summer residence of the rich merchants of Venice.
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