For centuries the people of the Canale del Brenta have derived their living from growing tobacco and from smuggling it. Of the centuries-old cultivation, now virtually extinct, the record remains in the characteristic terracing supported by high dry stone walls, the masiere, which rise on the slopes of the mountains up to 400-500 metres above the level of the Brenta, in the hamlets on the hillside all facing the sun, in the lines of communication between valley floor and mountainside. From the land at the bottom of the valleys some steep paths which rise to the plateau, still called the "trodi del tabacco", were certainly also used by smugglers.
Travelling over the road that tobacco smugglers once passed along to make a living, going over and above the various villages that made the history of our area, but never passing through the villages themselves, only skirting them.
After the excursion a visit to the Carpanè Tobacco Museum is planned. The collection houses work tools, a reconstruction of a typical environment for working tobacco and historic documentation about tobacco cultivation on the slopes of the Valbrenta.
The tour operator suggests:
Excursion on foot along one of the paths of the Tobacco High Road (with nature guide on request), visit to the Carpanè Tobacco Museum, overnight stay in B&B double room, dinner based on produce typical of the chosen venues. Cost from € 90,00 a head.