Montecchio Maggiore is a town that meets at the mouth of the Agno Valley and the Chiampo Valley. Framed by the Berici Hills, the Lessini Mountains and the Little Dolomites, it is one of the pearls of the Vicenza area from the point of view of landscape, but also from the cultural point of view.
Because of its important strategic area, Montecchio was long affected by military events throughout the period between the Great War and World War II.
Despite its mainly industrial vocation, it has in its territory numerous sites of historical and artistic value.
Its natural beauty can be encountered by following the paths that lead hikers to discover the hill that dominates the City of Montecchio. In particular, it is possible to appreciate the rare beauty of Monte Nero, an extinct volcano characterized for presenting the typical dark rock: basalt. This presence has, in addition, modified the flora present on the Mount. It is possible to find, in fact, the typical flora of the Mediterranean scrub precisely because the ecosystem of the volcano has favored the typical species of this category. It is possible to walk the “Mount Nero Educational Trail” to discover this special world.
Another natural beauty are the “Spurghe” of Sant’Urbano. They are a special geological conformation, formed over millennia. In particular, the land is formed on a series of stratifications such that deep inlets covered with vegetation are formed. The environment formed in this area is very similar to that which we can find in a very humid climate, characterized by the presence of felici, mosses and high-stemmed plants.