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Vittorio Veneto, the sweet and peaceful city

The nineteenth century Piazza del Popolo at the centre of Viale della Vittoria links the two old villages of Ceneda and Serravalle united in 1866 to form Vittorio Veneto.

On the Ceneda side you can stop in the breezy Piazza Giovanni Paolo I where you will find the eighteenth century Cathedral, the Diocesan Seminary with its Museum of sacred art and the Loggia del Cenedese attributed to Sansovino (sixteenth century), site of the Museo della Battaglia.

To reach the S. Martino Castle, possibly of Roman origins and site of the Earl- Bishop from the tenth century, you have to climb the steep via Brevia.

Taking via Cosmo and via Lioni, lined with sixteenth and seventeenth century buildings, you pass Piazza S. Francesco and cross via Diaz to reach the Chiesa di S. Maria del Meschio with its beautiful "Annunciation" by Andrea Previtali.

Returning to Piazza S. Francesco, from via Garibaldi and via Manin you reach the wide tree lined road Viale della Vittoria flanked with nineteenth century houses that leads to Serravalle. Past the Clock Tower at the old gateway entrance, you come to Piazza Tiziano with the Church of S. Lorenzo (fifteenth century). Continuing along via Martiri della Libertą through a succession of noble buildings built in various epochs, you reach Piazza Flaminio. The square is entirely paved in stone from Istria, and characterised by the Loggia Serravallese erected in the thirteenth century, reconstructed in 1462 with its entire faēade decorated by frescoes, inscriptions and coat-ofarms. Here we also find the Romanesque tower, that houses the Museo del Cenedese.

Apart from the Meschio Church, that softens the rigorous pre-alpine aspect of the city, we also find the Cathedral of S. Maria Nova dating to 1756 that preserves an altarpiece by Tiziano.

The Dome was buildt where the original church stood, already existing at the beginning of 1300, and it was finished in 1779 on a plan by architect Domenico Schiavi da Tolmezzo. Inside it collects works made by Francesco da Milano, Tiziano Vecellio and Pietro Pajetta, frescoes painted by Gian Battista Canal and Felice Schiavoni, valuable marble altars, among whicht the one of Santissimo Sacramento, planned by architect Giuseppe Segusini and a precious organ by Agostino and Antonio Callido.

The nearby bell-tower dates to the XIV century but it was restored many times.

Behind the Dome there was one of the ancient doors of Serravalle, the "Porta del Terraglio" (1337), unfortunately demolished in 1931 because it was considered dangerous for viability. Here there is now a monumental Stair

which leads to Sant`Augusta Sanctuary: it was realizzed in 1931-32 on an idea by Bortolo Gei.

* The Castle of San Martino:
The existing structures date back to the medieval era and are possibly of the Roman age.  Destroyed during the Hungarians incursions, it was rebuilt by Bishop A. Correr between 1420 and 1430, throughout the centuries it underwent different reworkings. 
Founded in the mid VI century, it was likely to have been the residence of the Lombard Dukedom of Ceneda; it is the residence of the Ceneda bishops for at least eight centuries.

1 Vittorio Veneto - la cittą della pace.pdf
2 Vittorio Veneto - the sweet and peaceful city.pdf


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