Meltar Boutique Hotel
Meltar street, 1 - 36012 Asiago
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The Asiago plateau is the largest in Europe and is situated between the Brenta and Astico rivers, with altitudes between 200 meters and 2300 meters. The highest peak is the Cima Dodici at 2341 meters above sea level. The mountain chain is formed of a series of sedimentary rocks, which were deposited in the sea between 223 and 35 million years ago. The entire plateau stands on a dolomite base, while the upper layers are formed of Grey Calcareous rocks (rich in fossils), together with Biancone, Red Ammonite or Red Scale.
An important role is played in the geomorphology of the area by the Karst dissolution, which means that surface water is very rare while there are several underground caves (up to 2009, a total of 2562 had been explored), some almost a thousand meters deep (like the Abyss Malga Fossetta, -974 m).

In naturalistic terms, the great variety of ecosystems makes the Asiago plateau very attractive. The area can be divided in two zones: the first from 700 to 1000/1100 meters altitude and includes the towns, and the second is just mountains which reach 2000 meters high, where there are extensive meadows, thriving hardwood and conifer forests, which are the habitat for some beautiful fauna such as deer, roe, chamois, squirrel, fox, marmot and ermine. The royal eagle dominates the skies above the Asiago plateau, which a the fortunate are able to admire in all its majestic glory.
The botanic wealth of the Asiago plateau includes some beautiful floral species, such as the Turk’s cap lily, narcissus, gentian, rhododendron, heather, edelweiss, carnation and dandelion. Among the natural beauties of the Asiago plateau, the Marcesina Plain stands out, where the typical peaty vegetation is predominant, with some sections fenced off to protect the amazing botanic species there.
There are more than 100 mountain pastures on the plateau which, given their extension and number, are an important grazing system for the entire alpine area. The Burlina breed is the typical cattle here, while the Foza is the local breed of sheep, which is the only breed that is resistant to scrapie, an illness belonging to the transmittable subacute spongiform encephalopathy, like BSE, better known as “mad cow disease”.