Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso Province
CASTELFRANCO VENETO, TREVISO PROVINCE
The high walls of the medieval castle that survived the storms of history and gave its name to the city stand stately and majestic. The castle is reminiscent of the battles and rivalries between the powerful towns of Padua, Vicenza and Treviso.
The heart of Castelfranco Veneto is enclosed by a fascinating wall, one of the best preserved in Italy. Visitors will enjoy the feel of the atmosphere of this city's rich past just walking through the center. Walking through the streets picturesque places and prestigious buildings can be seen, such as the Teatro Accademico and the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, a source of loans for the poor of the city and surrounding villages up to the 1900s.
At sunset Castelfranco shows its beauty, when the lighted castle looks like it has come out of a fairy-tale. The castle can be admired while sipping a glass of wine in one of the many venues of Piazza Giorgione or strolling through the elegant Corso XXIX Aprile, with its ancient buildings.
Castelfranco Veneto is known throughout the world for being the birthplace of Giorgione, most extraordinary and enigmatic artist of the fifteenth century. Very few precious works by this mysterious genius of light and color have been found.
The house of this extraordinary person now houses the Casa Giorgione Museum, which holds the Frieze of Liberal and Mechanical Arts, the only fresco attributed to the artist. The most famous work of the master is the Altar piece of Castelfranco that can be admired in the Duomo of S. Maria Assunta, in the Cotanzo Chapel.
HOW TO GET TO CASTELFRANCO VENETO
Castelfranco Veneto can be reached by train from Padova, Venice, or Vicenza.
WHAT TO SEE IN CASTELFRANCO VENETO
- Fossato del Castello Medievale
- Torre Civica
- Teatro Accademico
- Villa Revedin Bolasco
- Casa di Giorgione
WHERE TO STAY IN CASTELFRANCO VENETO
- Alla Torre, piazzetta Trento e Trieste 7, tel 0423498707
- Al Mareta, via S. Pio X 10, tel 0423721313
WHERE TO EAT IN CASTELFRANCO VENETO
- Alle Mura, via Preti 69, tel 0423498098
- Barbesin, Salvarasa, circonvallazione est., tel 0423490446