Prosecco’s Hills of Conegliano & Valdobbiadene.Why are we a world’s heritage spot by UNESCO


Riccardo Poletti with a guitar bought at a charity auction by Desiderio Bortolin

“Take this glass with you” Told me Riccardo Poletti, the “right arm” of the family Bortolin that celebrated last year their 50th anniversary in this adventure ( I wouldn’t call it business because that is not the way they see it) “We are not going to taste our wine inside a cellar, we are going right there, where it’s produced” We took the ten minutes ride on a Land Rover through a rough path till we reached the top. Looking around there were only wineyards. 360 degrees of rolling hills. “This is where we produce, where we shed our swet trying to pamper our grapes so that they can become the best of wine. We pick them grape by grape, by hand. the morphology of the terrain doesn’t give us any other choice. In some cases, where the hills are really steep we have to secure ourselves to ropes, as if we were climbing a mountain, to make sure we do not fall. The hand picking assures a grape that is not smashed or damaged and this gives us thechoice of picking the right time to process it and turning it into the best Prosecco di Valdobbiadene & Conegiano. The recipe comes from our grandfather and other great men who believed in the potential of these hills just after the Second World’s War and experimented continuosly till they developed what is known today as the Valdobbiadene-Conegliano method of processing that is studied by all the producerds around the world” Riccardo uncorks the bottle with its typical sound. He then takes half a glass and purs it on the ground. “Rinsing the glass?” I ask. “Not really.. This is what we do always before drinking our wines. We give back some to Mother Earth what belongs to Her, it is a thanksgiving act that we perform all of the time” I’m positively startled. This is the bond between this working people and their Land, their Hills, their Grapes.

“pouring the wine before drinking it is a sort of Thanksgiving to Mother Earth that has provided us with this nectar made with love and passion. This is what we are”

During the two hours we spent together I learned from Riccardo and Desiderio Bortolin, the owner of the omonym wine producer’s cellar, that it is NOT the Prosecco itself that has gained the world’s heritage mention by UNESCO, is the Territory, the HILLS and all the products tha come within it in a huge container (like a hashtag). There are places and cheeses, meats and honey, churches from the ninth century and salami, and above all the LOVE. The LOVE of this great PEOPLE who were born here and they belong to these hills, to their rock, to their steepness, to the hard work of their ancestors that continues on to the new generations. “We love to provide a honest product. We aren’t in business just for the money or to cheat our customers , we are here to make sure to give everyone who puts their trust in our wines gets the best. Everyone returns for more, and this for us is the best reward.

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The breathtaking view from the “SALIS” B&B ‘ pool and SPA
The terrace at Salis’ Restaurant on the HIlls
Maria Boghetto manager of Salis B&B and SPA on the Hills

Continuing on my serach for the truth on this breathtaking area I decided to give it a “pink cut” and by that I mean that where there is something great in a place there must be some great women. I searched for them and find a few worth spending some time with, for their dedication to the Territory and above all for their LOVE and the PASSION they put in what they do. MARIA BOGHETTO was a woman keen to deal with numbers. Thirtheen years ago, after the passing on of her husband’s grandfather, she decided to turn the old farmhouse into a B&B. (four daisies is like four stars for a hotel). There are nine rooms and the swimming pool, along with the Jacuzzi, are placed in the right spot so that one can enjoy the amphitheatrical view of the Hills. “Every day, when I come to work, I consider myself a very lucky person” Says Maria :”What more could I ask for? Look at the scenery, isn’t it wonderful? ”

What do you think is needed now to develope this into something “up to the excpectations of the prepared tourists given the new spotlight?

“We really need to work together as in one body. There must be a single direction where we point to and there must be a guidance that would be appropriate to have in order to convey our energies with strict and solid rules as the Ten Commandements of the Hills, we also need a tourisms of prepared people who come here knowing what to expect, no need for load full of tourists who come in the morning and leave in the evening. This Hills and its Territory must be sipped slowly, like a good glass of CARTIZZE.”

Alfia De Sorbo was an accountant who decided to create a joyful, peaceful relaxing spot in VALDOBBIADENE. She remodeled the old houseand its three rooms and called it “LA CASETTA” (the small house). Here the guest have the whole house at their disposal, not just the room. The warmth and the good vibrations are everuywhere as Alfia created a small paradise inside this great place, ” I like to pamper my guests. My reward is to see them coming back, and they do. They love the concept of having the house for themselves. I love them staying here and enjoying the territory slowly, perhaps with a mountain bike, an electric one is worderful to taste the beauty of these Hills”

Michela De Bona was born on these Hills.In the last twenty years she lived her path of Public Relations getting to know all the businesses, the people, the restaurants and all enterprises small, medium and big. She loves these hills like she loves her two twin children and she knows everyone in the area. Michela to me is like a sister and everytime I need to know something in particular, a person, a business, a B&B, a restaurant, a place to visit, she points out the best, the one that has a story behind, because SHE KNOWS the story of every corner, or every person in this wonderful area. She is about to start something new, because she believes that this Territory, from Venice to the Dolomites must be known and the best way to do it is slowly, and why not on top of an eletrical bike.This gives me the opportunity of say THANK YOU Michela, from the deep of my heart, you have made my job of writing, taking photos, talking to people and getting to know these hills really easy.

Terrorismo sotto controllo a Venezia? Siamo sicuri? Ho i miei seri dubbi


Terrorismo sotto controllo in Veneto? Vorrei sorridere se l’argomento non fosse purtroppo di tragica attualita’ Ieri sulla pagina +Facebook  di +Luca Zaia  c’era il video di un deficiente barbaro 2.0 che si tuffa dal Ponte di Rialto. La mia domanda al questore di Venezia e al sindaco +Brugnaro Sindaco  e’ chiara e semplice: “Quando verranno imposte sanzioni multe salate e arresti per questi barbari che dopo secoli stanno tornando ad invadere la Serenissima senza essere ne puniti ne multati?” Perche’ se percorro il ponte che collega Mestre a Venezia a 12 chilometri sopra il limite mi arriva a casa una multa di 150  Euro e un coglione qualsiasi che si tuffa da un ponte considerato obiettivo sensibile non solo non viene ne multato ne arrestato ma ripescato dagli agenti e accompagnato in ospedale per accertamenti? Stiamo veramente rasentando la pazzia e l’assurdita’. Trovate il video del tuffo scorrendo in giu’ questa pagina FB

Una breve riflessione su questi episodi che si stanno ripetendo da troppo tempo. La scorsa settimana un tentativo di rapina in Piazza San Marco con un fumogeno (poteva benissimo essere in ordigno). 


Questi continui episodi di gente che si getta dai ponti per fare il bagno nei canali. In in Paese normale verrebbero multati e arrestati, ma evviva! Siamo in Italia il Paese dove I ladri vengono risarciti se malmenati da chi stanno derubando e dove la certezza di scontare la pena non e’ “garantita” nemmeno agli assassin se non si impegnano a fondo.


 La mia domanda a chi e’ chiamato a vigilare anche sulla citta’ di Venezia (Ponte di Rialto e San Marco sono considerati obiettivi sensibili)e’ questa: “Cosa sarebbe successo se quell deficiente che si e’ lanciato dal ponte fosse stato in terrorista”?


 e poi “Non vi sembra sia arrivata l’ora di multare salatamente e arrestare chi compie questo tipo di esibizioni inutile che dimostrano quanto poco le istituzioni preposte all’ordine diano la priorita’ al decoro e al rispetto del Museo all’aperto piu’ bello del mondo?” Brugnaro Sindaco si dia una mossa e prenda provvedimenti, siamo stufi di vedere Venezia trattata come una prostitute di porto. Urgono provvedimenti immediate. Noi Veneti ci sentiamo presi per I fondelli da questi pseudo-turisti che credono di poter usare la Citta’ come in luna park. Applicate leggi e sanzioni severe. Attuate in servizio capillare di sicurezza, siamo in allerta terrorismo e sono sicuro che ci possano essere dei mezzi e delle misure da prendere a salvaguardia di una citta’ che altrimenti rischia di cadere nel degrade e nell’incuria che non merita. #IoLeggoQuesto#VenetoMeraviglioso

Royal Baby is here. It’s a boy


The British royal family on Buckingham Palace ...
The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by pio dal cin. Codognè 

As I predicted on my recent post the Royal Baby is Here, today, on the very first day of full Moon. July the 22nd. It’s a boy (I predicted a girl) So His Royal name is not yet known
All we know is that he was born at 4:24 pm local time and weighed 8.6 pounds in London’s Saint Mary’s Hospital. William was present for the birth

The name was not immediately announced and may not be known for up to a week.
But great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was the first to get the news from her grandson, by encrypted phone to the palace, and just in time, too. She’s scheduled to leave on her annual vacation at her Balmoral estate inScotland at the end of this week.

Royal Baby Keeps the World’s Media waiting


The British royal family on Buckingham Palace ...
The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by pio dal cin .Codognè Treviso Italy
Shall we call it the “Royal Baby Fever”?  The media around the world are jusy waiting for the heir to the throne, (girl or boy will just not matter ) as suggested here by
this article by CBS news, the son or daughter ofWilliam and Kate will be a monarch.

The only thing we are sure of so far is that he/she will be the prince/ princess of Cambridge, that the very first person to know about the Royal Birth will be Her Majesty the Queen of England, via private phone call by William on a safe tepephone line.

There will be no Twitter or Facebook announcement as the photo and the name of the newborn will be posted in a canvas as it was done for William.

What this Baby has done for sure is to have the World’s media talking about his/her birth as suggested here in
This other article by the Telegraph.  In America as in Italy in Africa as in Australia everyone seems to be awaiting impatiently for the “most wanted baby”.

An interesting question was raised by +NPR  dueby NPR about the Surname in this article. What would the baby surname will be? It appears that a Monarch needs no such a small detail. We now use the name Queen Elizabeth for example, no surname needed here as a sign of respect for her fame?

Now If I were William I’d be nervous and worrying about my spouse due at any minute. Do you think that William worries that much?
If you care enough to read
in this article by the Mirror  you’ll find out that the son of Diana and Charles is playing Polo as usual.

How long shall we be waiting for the Royal birth?

Usually on the first time that a woman gives birth there could be a two weeks anticipation or posticipation. So, if the baby wasn’t born before the 11th of July as expexted, or before, the max we should be waiting for will be July 24th.

Good luck to all photographers and media people that are assembled outside the Saint Mary’s Hospital, waiting for the Royal Couple to show the infant.

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Kittens Sleeping like Angels (video)


My cat Saetta just delivered four beautiful kittens on July the First. On the same day as my daughter’s birthay. Saetta was a gift for my wife’s last year birthday. A beautibul coincidence. Watch the small cute little kittens sleeping together as angels