We also intended to be doing a lot of puttering around in the Veneto countryside. Evidently the guidebooks fail to mention that the Veneto is a highly industrialized area. So most our driving took us through areas with lots of factories and on roads with lots of trucks. But in spite of that we had a few lovely gems during the day.
Let's start with the lovely walled city of Soave
Famous for its light white wine (Soave Bolla? Big ass factory right as you get off the autostrada), it like so many places in Italy had its day in the Medieval sun.
The Soave overview
And castle and city details
A Difference of Opinion on the Word 'Scenic'
Next we headed for the city of:
According to our guide book this was a lovely 20 kilometer 'scenic' drive.
It was very scenic if factory after factor and lines of tractor trailer trucks is your idea of scenic.
We were starved when we got there and as with a lot of small towns we've found, most restaurants are closed on Monday. But we were lucky to find a place open. And so on to our gastronomic experience of the day.
When a Pasta is Not a Pasta
We had a hankering for pasta this being our last day in Italy. We had a lovely waitress who was trying very hard to help us but there was a bit of a translation disconnect. Wife saw 'orzo' on the list of pasta and assumed it was a dish of orzo pasta. Wrong. Orzo is the world for barley in Italian.
Behold a lovely dish of barley with zucchini, shrimp and mozzarella.
I had a nice pasta with ragout (the same Bigoli with ragout we had on our first night with the #2's evidently a local favorite). Wife was devastated as she does not like barley at all. Fortunately I do like barley so we traded and I got lots of brownie points. It actually was some of the best barley I've had in Italy.
Actually it is the only barley, not in a soup, that I've had in Italy.
But it was good :)
In the meantime the town of Valdagno while no super star was certainly pleasant.
We ate outside overlooking this quiet piazza
Some of the town and the nice garden we found
We are always amazed at the lovely things we found hidden away as we travel
But I digress.
On to more walled cities!
The Wall Overview
The Piazza Overview
And some detail