One of the most beautiful walled cities in all Veneto, Feltre is set in the valley of the Piave, at 325 metres above sea level, surrounded by the splendid background of the Feltrine peaks in an environmental scene, which makes up part of the National Park of the Bellunese Dolomites.
The origins of the city of Feltre are in the realms of myth. The Feltrina area was certainly inhabited in the second half of the Iron Age. Entering later into the realm of Roman domination, Feltre had a notable cultural and economic drive and was to become a flowering municipium belonging to the X Regio. Because of its strategically important position linking the valley of the Brenta and the Piave it underwent sackings by the Visigoths, the Alani and Atilla’s Huns. It was occupied by Odoacer and was subject to the dominion of Theodoric’s Ostrogoths, as well as Albiono’s Lombards and the Franks. In the medieval period the city was involved in the feud between the Guelphs and the
Ghibellines, and found itself in conflict with the expansionist aims of Treviso and would meet with the brutality of Ezzelino da Romano. Breaking the oath of loyalty to the Visconti, on the 15th of June 1404 the Feltrini signed a pact of devotion to the Serenissima Venetian Republic, under whose dominion the conditions of peace and prosperity could be assured, leading to the flowering of Humanism.. The bond with Venice dragged Feltre into a conflict with the Cambrai league.
In July 1510, the troops of Maximilian I of Habsburg put the city to the sword and torched it. The urban centre was completely rebuilt with substantial innovations of the urbanistic and architectural aspects and the facades were adorned with the fresco decorations and the writing which still today earns Feltre the appellation of “urbs picta”. In the May of 1797 it was the turn of the French to occupy the city. With the treaty of Campoformio, Feltre, along with the other former dominions of Venice, was ceded to Austria. France and Austria passed from one to the other time and again the governance of the city, until, after the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte, the city found itself under the rule of the Emperor Francis I in 1814. Many young Feltrini gave their contribution to the wars of independence and the plebiscite of the 21st October 1866, which saw the city as a part of the Realm of Italy. During the First World War, Feltre remained under Austrian occupation from the November of 1917 to the November of 1918, a sad moment in our history known popularly as “l'an de la fam” (the year of hunger). During the Second World War, the significant commitment of the population to the Partisan struggle and the many martyrs and prisoners who were deported was recognised by the award of the Silver Medal of Military Valour.
- The Walls
- The Imperial Gate
- The Pusteria Gate
- The Oria Gate
- The Archaeological Area
- The Baptistery
- The Cathedral
- The Dell'annunziata Oratory
- Albiono’s Castle
- The Church of St. Roch and St. Sebastian
- The Church of the Holy Trinity
- The Town Museum
- The Carlo Rizzarda Modern Art Gallery
- Monte di pietà Palazzo Tomitano
- Palazzo de' Mezzan
- Palazzo Zucco once Persenda
- Chamber of the Coats of Arms
- The della Sena Theatre
- The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
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