The Route of Vialone Nano: origin and process
The spreading of Vialone Nano in the area of Bassa Veronese it starts around the 1500. The territory is rich in wellhead water that allowed the introduction of this product that in the centuries gained a growing recognition. Pile, which means the buildings where it is treated, there was built along the flow of the channels of the area. Piloto was the person in charge to the working of the rice. A wheel moved by the water activated a mechanism of pestles that beating the grains in marble holes, refined them. Then, Piloto divided the good grains from the bad ones or not ripened, through the help of sieves.
The modern technology is based on the same principles. Rough rice is dried through flows of hot air and whitened. The rubbing take place through a mechanical process and the separation of the grains through a optic reader.
The history of the Route of Vialone Nano
The land of Vialone Nano is rich in water thanks to thousand of channels intersected with the fields. The falling of the Roman Empire, in fact, created a great hydrogeological instability that transformed wide areas into swamp. During the Medieval period, the abundance of water developed the great Bosco di Gazzo.
The careful work of land reclamation, taken by the Benedictine allowed the removal of land from the waters. During the centuries, the area was repopulated, building villas and houses. The itineraries of the Route of Vialone Nano propose historical, cultural and artistic places that express a stormy and turbulent past. Castles, palaces and natural oasis characterize the visit.
The welcoming is cared by a perfect organization among the operators. Pile, restaurants, hotels and museums partecipate actively to the welcoming.
Bosco del Re on the Route of Vialone Nano
Bosco del Re di Gazzo that was developed during the Medieval period is one of the most suggestive places. The tour is a jump in the past, from the prehistory to the modern age. This well organized itinerary starts from Gazo and the participants will discover this places. During the first stop the visitors will visit the Archeological Museum and the square of the city. Then, the organization foresees the visit of Cèson. The structure of the church dates back to the year 1000 and during the centuries it experiences refurbishment and modernization with bricks and marbles recovered from the Roman villas of the area. The visit continues at Palazzo dei Merli, before the lunch. The afternoon is dedicated to admire the profane frescoes of Nogara. With the visit of a paddy field the tour goes to the heart of the working of the rice. The tourist has the possibility to buy typical products of the area.
Vialone Nano between water and land
The itinerary starts from Isola della Scala, the town that is the symbol of the cultivation of the rice. The morning is dedicated to the visit of a modern rice factory to know the technology of the working and the selection of the grains. Then, it is planned a visit to Villa Pellegrini and its frescoes. For lunch the group will stop in one of the places that adhere to the Route of Vialone Nano. In the afternoon, the group will go on with the visit of an ancient Pila.
Vialone Nano between Holy and Profane
Holy and profane are alternated in a journey between Roman and Reinassance. The place has always been a place of worship: the legend tells that in the building of the area esoteric rites took place. The visit starts in Erbè with its famous frescoes. Then the rice factory in Roncarà and the Palazzon del Diaolo. The lunch will be followed by an ancient court and the Museum of the Peasant Community.
Castles and Vialone Nano
The Medioevo has been a historical period, particularly turbulent. Wars and battles were commonplace as the castles can proof today. The journey twists and turn through the visit of this buildings that pop out in the middle of the plain. The journey of the Route of Vialone Nano starts from Concamarise and in the first stop in Corte dominicale Verità-Malaspina the group will visit the Villa and the Tabacchificio (in english, Tobacco Factory). The visit of Castello di Donna Verde a Salizzole and al Castello di Sanguinetto will take place during the lunch break.