The ruins of the older Collalto Castle, in the village of Collalto

Discovering the castles of Collalto Earls

The Prosecco DOCG area near Conegliano, Colfosco and Susegana has many castles. Most of them belongs to the Earls of Collalto, a dinasty started arount the year 1000 A.C., who ruled the region of the Marca Trevigiana for a long time.

The Castello di San Salvatore watch the valley of Piave river from the first hills of the Prosecco DOCG
The Castello di San Salvatore watch the valley of Piave river from the first hills of the Prosecco DOCG

The two main castles were located on hills overlooking some fords allowed crossing the Piave river probably since the roman age. The most famous is the San Salvatore castle: from its tower is still possible to watch the hills up to the Conegliano castle.

The Castello di San Salvatore watch the valley of Piave river from the first hills of the Prosecco DOCG
The Castello di San Salvatore from the vineyards of the Prosecco DOCG

The castle of Collalto, the oldest, today ruined, is less famous but even more romantic.

The ruins of the older Collalto Castle, in the village of Collalto
The ruins of the older Collalto Castle, in the village of Collalto
From the Gate of the Collalto castle in the heart of the DOCG Prosecco Conegliano hills
From the Gate of the Collalto castle in the heart of the DOCG Prosecco Conegliano hills

Between the two creeks Soligo and Raboso (this gives the name to a famous local DOC wine) you can still recognize the typical houses owned by the Earls, colored in cream-yellow with characteristic red stripes.

The red-striped-houses of the Earls of Collalto
The red-striped-houses of the Earls of Collalto

Some of them are nowdays run as Bed & Breakfast, Osteria and wine callars from a famous Prosecco producer.

Autumn in the Collalto hills
Autumn in the Collalto hills

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