The Montello appears in the distance as a long, low, wooded hill. It's not imposing and doesn't even look particularly inviting or interesting. But looks are deceiving! It's a delightful little world of steep, winding, shady lanes, forests, vinyards, and undulating fields, offering lovely views of the hills and mountains just across the Piave. And, like everyplace else in the Veneto, it has a fascinating history...cycling history included.
The Montello hill is 13 km long x5 km wide, and 371 m at its highest point
It was formed by plate tectonics, and continues to rise! The Piave originally ran between the Montello and the hill of Montebelluna. As a result of the Montello's continuous rise, seven terraces were formed. Finally, the Piave changed its course.
caves, grottoes, doline...conglomerate, karst
forest of venetian rep forest management...prese
WW1 many street names and monuments commemorating those who fought here. Battle of the Solstice
worlds..LeMond 2nd 1985, then TT Ullrich 1997
climbs even 15%
beware of prese that change to unpaved, and do not go on the weekend!
photos © April Pedersen Santinon., Apple Maps, Google Street View