In the heart of Veneto countryside;
the ideal place to get the best romantic towns as : Asolo, Venice, Padua and the Dolomites all these towns stay less one hour away from Villa Abbazia, journey through the land of Palladio, Giorgione Cima da Conegliano, Jacopo Bassano and Titian, through enchanting mountains and vine carpeted valleys, to some of Italy's most romantic cities.
Until recently, when one thought of Veneto, one thought immediately, if not almost exclusively, of Venice, partly due to the fact that, for over eleven hundred years, Veneto was an integral part of the Serenissima's territory. Today, Veneto has established its own distinct identity and offers hospitality to numerous visitors eager to explore the many treasures of the region; from the majestic Dolomiti Mountains over which Cortina d'Ampezzo reigns supreme, to the elegant Palladian villas of Vicenza. Then there is Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, and home to the imposing Arena, where both important classical concerts and modern music events are performed. Veneto also boasts other splendid cities such as Treviso, Padova, Chioggia, as well as the magnificent Po delta.
Follina is a small community of ancient origins, dating
form before 1000AD. The town is situated in the foothills
of the Treviagian Alps, halfway between Valdobbiadene and Vittorio
Veneto. The community was developed in the 12th century by a group
of Cistercian monks, who used the abundant water supply of the area
to establish a flourishing industry in woollen goods.
The town is located in an enchanting spot in the Valsana, its' key point of interest being the Abbey of Santa Maria. This was founded circa 1150AD, and is built in Roman-Gothic Style. The Abbey not only constitutes a religious and spiritual centre for pilgrims and tourists alike, but is also known as one of the most significant monuments of the region.Considered amongst the most important monastic centres in Italy, Follina is also the focal point for a proliferation of cultural activities, of which the most famous are the outstanding International Festival of Classical Music, and the Annual Concert with Uto Ughi which is held in conjunction with the hotel.
These days, the town is an important cultural tourist centre, composed of seventeenth century palazzi, as well as being a hub of industry and craftsmanship, resulting from the buoyant hotel trade. The town is also the birthplace of several well-known figures: Jacopo Bernardi, Paolo Bernardi, Domenico Rosina and Agostino Moretti.