Canals, rivers, small streams: The rice road of Mantova

In the far west of Lombardy lies the rice growing area of Mantova. For more than 500 years rice has been grown here on an area of about 200 square kilometres. A rice road leads through the flat landscape, criss-crossed by canals and streams, partly through the nature reserve of the Minico Park.
There are countless historic rice mills to see, such as the one at Galeotto near Stradella - in operation since 1765. Also many churches and villas of the rice barons are worth a visit: In the Chiesa San Filippo e Giacomo, for example, the picture of the Madonna of the Travel Fields is kept. Another woman is honoured in the gardens of the Corte Grande: there is the monument of the Rice Carrier.

Castles and churches: The Oil Road of the Pisan Mountains

Monte Pisano is the name of a chain of hills in Tuscany, situated between Pisa and Lucca. As early as the 7th century, farmers laid out stone terraces for their olive groves, on which olive trees still flourish today - especially the varieties Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo.
Its oil, spicy with a bitter taste, can be bought on the Olio dell Monti Pisani theme road directly from the local olive farms and mills. The road passes through five municipalities - all of them with historical monuments. For example, in San Giuliano Terme there is a 16th century aqueduct, a 1000 year old basilica or a medieval castle to admire. 

Celtic country: The wine route of the Rias Baixas

The Rias Baixas in the southwest of Galicia are characterized by beaches, vineyards and pine forests. Here the Albariño grape thrives particularly well - its white wines are considered the best in Spain. Travellers can convince themselves of this in one of the 100 bodegas on the Rias Baixas wine route.
Along the way you will encounter the characteristic horreos - old corn silos on stone stilts - and weathered crosses. The highlight, however, is the Celtic fort on Monte Santa Tecla: built in 700 BC, more than 3000 people once lived here.