10.30 / 11.00 - arrival in Vittorio Veneto and start walking to reach the sanctuary (about ½ hour)
11,30 / 13,00 - guided tour of the sanctuary
13.00 - lunch at the Ristoro del Pellegrino adjacent to the sanctuary
14.30 - departure for Grotte del Caglieron; guided tour with a cheese cave stop. (complete itinerary about 2 hours)
4.30 pm - guided tour of the Torchiato di Fregona winery
The climb starts next to the Cathedral of Serravalle, for the characteristic monumental staircase built in place of the ancient "Porta del Terraglio", demolished in 1931. Climbing with the right calm we will take just over half an hour to get to the sanctuary.
Ascend the staircase characterized by the beautiful fountain and the imposing statue of Sant'Augusta, the climb takes place quite steep for a cobblestone path and is characterized by some beautiful capitals from the seventeenth-nineteenth, real orators more or less restored, which are located at each bend.The panorama widens and sweeps over the basin that surrounds Vittorio Veneto when, now near the sanctuary, one crosses a striking beautiful tower, the remains of the medieval fortifications, to get to the large staircase that leads to the churchyard.The oldest part of the church contains the relics of the Holy of the fourth century and is characterized by frescoes of the fifteenth century.
You can still climb along the wooded ridge, with very steep and slippery stretches of trail, following the signs of the Altavia dei Silenzi to get to the Costa di Serravalle.After the first steep ramps there is the Turris Nigra (or black tower) that legend wants to erect by King Matruch (or Mandrucco), father of the saint Augusta and ferocious barbarian tyrant of Serravalle.
Of the tower, perhaps from the Roman era, there remain modest remains infested with vegetation, severely damaged by the earthquake of 1873. Returning to the sanctuary, you can go down the mule track to the north that leads to the church of Santa Giustina.
First course: mixed appetizer based on local products
Second: spit with mixed vegetables
Sweet: cake of the house
Water and wine
AGRICANSIGLIO - FORMAGGIO DI GROTTA
TYPICAL OF THE TERRITORY
FRAGRANCE AND TASTE
It comes from the link between the breeder and his territory. The milk from the Cansiglio and Piadera plateau, transformed raw, without any heat treatment, is coagulated with the addition of lactic ferments and left to rest for more than two months in one of the natural caves of the "Grotte del Caglieron" complex in the Municipality of Fregona (TV).
The Grotta di San Lucio, also known as Grotta del Formaggio, due to its natural characteristics and the micro climate that it preserves, takes care of the cheese and influences its maturation, enriching it with flavors and aromas of the past, enhancing its typicality and transforming it almost into one of the sandstone stones that once extracted from it and which were used to decorate jambs and capitals.
TORCHIATO OF FREGONA - A WINE TO MEDITATE
The production of the Torchiato di Fregona follows an ancient and very simple procedure which, however, must be followed with extreme rigor and fussiness in order to obtain a quality product. In the Production Regulations no external chemical interventions are foreseen, everything happens using the seasons, the particular microclimate of the area of Fregona and the experience of the producer who, more often than not, with an "ancestral" attention and wisdom, prevents evolution of wine rather than taking care of any deviations from it. If the definition of "natural" product can be extended to all wines, nothing more true and appropriate can be said of the Torchiato di Fregona DOCG.