There are places where, as if we had a sixth sense, we perceive that there is something more. Places where everything is steeped in history, culture, traditions, where ancient peoples have left their mark, with a mark on the mountain or with a legend handed down from generation to generation until today.
The Asiago Plateau, also known as the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities, is definitely one of these. Visiting its villages – immersed in the woods and surrounded by a natural environment still untouched populated by many species of wild animals, plants, mushrooms and flowers of a thousand colors and scents – means taking a journey through the testimonies of different historical periods: many seem to have passed through here leaving their footprints, a great legacy of traditions, a typically Nordic mythology and a Germanic dialect called “Cimbrian” still present in many common words. Then there was the Regency of the Seven Municipalities, an autonomous and community government, allied to the Republic of Venice; and then there was the sad parenthesis of the First World War (1915-1918), whose signs can still be seen today, during which Asiago the other centers of the Plateau were completely razed to the ground by bombing and their populations evacuated.
After the war there was finally the return among the mountains, the reconstruction of the woods, the rebirth and the tourist development of Asiago and its Plateau, which still preserves its traditions, some of which have become legend, while others are still alive and practiced by the local population. Here time seems to have almost stopped, the quality of local specialties still wins over quantity: cheese, potatoes from Rotzo, celery from Rubbio, dandelion from Conco, cold cuts, honey and jams, and many other specialties have in common an incomparable quality.
In October 2018, the storm Vaia fell with all its force on the forests of the Plateau, leaving behind a still open wound. For this reason, Visit Asiago Sette Comuni (the tourist promotion office of the Plateau) has decided to support WOWnature, so that these woods – rich in history and tradition – can be reborn.