To Monte Verena, across the sweet green Vezzene Highland
This route is a true pleasure for those who love the wide-open green spaces
The background to this route is the Vezzena Highland and the nearby Asiago Highland, passing through other places which were the front line during the Great War. On Monte Verena stand the ruins of one of the Italian fortresses which played a strategic role. Start from Passo Vezzena, opposite the hotel of this name, and take the road which crosses the highland downhill. After about 3 km, by a signpost and the fork for Luserna, you take the white road (to the left) towards Monte Verena. Long up and downhill sections, passing many mountain pastures, bring you to Malga Camporosà, refreshments available, before you tackle the asphalt road uphill to Casare delle Mandrielle on the western slopes of Monte Verena. At the meeting of several roads you take the one on your left, heading onto the slopes of Val d'Assa and at the next fork you follow the signs for Gherterle
Coming into a wood on a forest road, you follow it on the flat as far as a stone bridge and the signs for Quarti-Verena, passing the Buca della Neve, then Malga dei Quarti and Casare Verena. Over some fun ups and downs you come to the old military road which is moderately steep and has many hairpins on the way up to the top of Monte Verena and the ruins of the Italian fortress. The view is endless across the Asiago Highland, the plains of the Veneto, the Lagorai, Brenta and Bondone-Stivo Groups and Pasubio. The descent, which is great fun, repeats the last section back to the fork for Casere Verena. You then turn towards Casera Campovecchio and return to Mandrielle and from here to Passo Vezzena along the outward route.