Vittorio Veneto, Treviso Province
VITTORIO VENETO, TREVISO PROVINCE
Vittorio Veneto lies at the foot of the Veneto Prealp mountains in the Treviso Province of the Veneto Region. The town is sheltered by the rolling hills of the Prosecco Wine Zone and characterised by the gentle flow the Meschio which flows through it. In the past, the towns of Ceneda and Serravalle, despite their close geographical proximity, was always divided and in conflict, only in 1866, when the Veneto became part of the Kingdom of Italy were the two territories united and became Vittoria, in honor of Vittorio Emanuele II. The city is still remembered today for its role in the Great War or First World War, as the site of the final battle between Austria and Italy, which resulted in the final surrender of the Austrians.
On 30 October 1918 Italian troops entered Vittorio to liberate it from the Austrians. On 22 July 1923 Vittorio was awarded city status and renamed by the Nationalist Party, to Vittorio Veneto.
The old town of Serravlle is the northern portion of the city, it occupies the valley between Monte Marcantone and Monte Baldo. Serravalle had always been a strategic location for both commerce and communications up until the 1900's. Today a few towers and the ruins of the city walls are all that is left of the ancient roman settlement which occupied the site during the 1st century BC. During Roman times there was a well organized defence system, witht he castrum located nteh Serravalle gorge, which acted as a defensive outpost for the roman city of Opitergium (Oderzo). During the 12th century, Serravelle saw significant economic and urban development which continued to increase through the 14th century, when it became part of the Venetian Republic.
Ceneda which stretches down to the Veneto Plain also has ancient ogins linked to its name which comes fromt he Celtic work Kènet. In Roman times it suppoted the Castrum of Serravalle, while during the Longobard period it bacame the capital of a duchy which cvered the area from the Piave River to the Tagliamento River. In the city center you can reach the area known at the Ghetto, once inhabited by a vibrant Jewish community. Here Lorenzo da Ponte was born in 1749, he authored teh lyrics of several well-known operas, like Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni, which he wrote for great masters like Salieri and Mozart.
WHAT TO SEE IN VITTORIO VENETO
- PIAZZZA GIOVANNI PAOLO
- PALAZZO DELLA COMUNITA DI CENEDA
- PALAZZO DEL SEMINARIO VESCOVILE
- PIAZZA FLAMMINIO A SERRAVALLE
- DUOMO DI SERRAVALLE
- PALAZZO MINUCCI DE CARLO
- CHIESA DI SANTA GIUSTINA
- VILLA CROZE
- CHISEA DI SANT'ANDREA
- CASTELLO SAN MARTINO
- SANTUARIO SANTA AUGUSTA
- CASTRUM AND CHIESA DI SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA
- CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DI MESCHIO
WHERE TO STAY IN VITTORIO VENETO
- Terme, via della Terme 4, tel 0438554345
- Sanson, San Giacomo di Veglia, piazza Fiume 38/39, tel 0438500161
WHERE TO EAT IN VITTORIO VENETO
- Pastiglione, via Cavour 39, tel 0438556924