Feltre is a town and comune
In Italy, the comune is the basic administrative division, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality.-Importance and function:...

of the province of Belluno
Province of Belluno
TheThe Province of Belluno is a province in the Veneto region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Belluno.It has an area of 3,678 km², and a total population of 214,026 .-Geography:...

 in Veneto
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, northern Italy
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. A hill town in the southern reaches of the province, it is located on the Stizzon River, about 4 km from its junction with the Piave
Piave River
Piave is a river in north Italy. It begins in the Alps and flows southeast for into the Adriatic Sea near the city of Venice....

, and 20 km southwest from Belluno
Belluno , is a town and province in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Located about 100 kilometres north of Venice, Belluno is the capital of the province of Belluno and the most important city in the Eastern Dolomiti's region. With its roughly 37,000 inhabitants, it the largest populated area...

. The Dolomites
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy. It is a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extends from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley...

 loom to the north of the town.


It was known in Roman times as Feltria and described as an oppidum
Oppidum is a Latin word meaning the main settlement in any administrative area of ancient Rome. The word is derived from the earlier Latin ob-pedum, "enclosed space," possibly from the Proto-Indo-European *pedóm-, "occupied space" or "footprint."Julius Caesar described the larger Celtic Iron Age...

by Pliny
Pliny the Elder
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, who assigned its foundation to the Alpine tribe of the Rhaetians. The city obtained the status of municipium
Municipium , the prototype of English municipality, was the Latin term for a town or city. Etymologically the municipium was a social contract between municipes, the "duty holders," or citizens of the town. The duties, or munera, were a communal obligation assumed by the municipes in exchange for...

in 49 BC, in spite of its rigorous climate:
Feltria perpetuo niveum damnata rigore

Atque mihi posthac haud adeunda, vale

Feltria lay on a Roman road
Roman road
The Roman roads were a vital part of the development of the Roman state, from about 500 BC through the expansion during the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Roman roads enabled the Romans to move armies and trade goods and to communicate. The Roman road system spanned more than 400,000 km...

 mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary
Antonine Itinerary
The Antonine Itinerary is a register of the stations and distances along the various roads of the Roman empire, containing directions how to get from one Roman settlement to another...

 as passing from Opitergium (Oderzo
Oderzo is a town and comune in the province of Treviso, Veneto, northern Italy.It lies in the heart of the Venetian plain, about 66 km to the northeast of Venice...

) through Feltria to Tridentum (Trento
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After the fall of the Western Empire
Western Roman Empire
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, under which it had developed into a flourishing city, it became a Lombard
The Lombards , also referred to as Longobards, were a Germanic tribe of Scandinavian origin, who from 568 to 774 ruled a Kingdom in Italy...

 dominion. Later in the Middle Ages, it was ruled by Ezzelino da Romano
Ezzelino da Romano
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, by the Camino family, and then by the Scaligeri of Verona
Verona ; German Bern, Dietrichsbern or Welschbern) is a city in the Veneto, northern Italy, with approx. 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven chef-lieus of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third of North-Eastern Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona...

, from 1315 to 1337. Feltre was subsequently under Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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, the da Carrara and the Visconti
House of Visconti
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 until 1404, when, together with Belluno
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, it was conquered by the Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
The Republic of Venice or Venetian Republic was a state originating from the city of Venice in Northeastern Italy. It existed for over a millennium, from the late 7th century until 1797. It was formally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice and is often referred to as La Serenissima, in...

. In 1499 it received a new line of walls.

In 1509 the center of the town was mostly destroyed during battles between the Venetians and the League of Cambrai, and later rebuilt with a characteristic 16th century style. In 1797, after the capitulation of Venice to Napoleon, it was ruled for some time by the French. Napoleon made his minister of war, Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke
Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke
Henri-Jacques-Guillaume Clarke, 1st Count of Hunebourg, 1st Duke of Feltre , born in Landrecies, was a Marshal of France and French politician of Irish descent.Clarke entered the French army in 1782...

, Duke of Feltre in 1807. After the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
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 (1814), Feltre was assigned to the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
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, to which it remained until it was joined to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

It was besieged by Austria
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 during World War I
World War I
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Notable people of Feltre include printer Panfilo Castaldi
Panfilo Castaldi
Panfilo Castaldi was an Italian physician and "master of the art of printing," to whom local tradition attributes the invention of moveable type...

, Friar Minor, missionary and founder of Monti di Pietà  Blessed Bernardine of Feltre, humanist educator Vittorino da Feltre
Vittorino da Feltre
Vittorino da Feltre was an Italian humanist and teacher. He was born in Feltre, Belluno, Republic of Venice and died in Mantua. His real name was Vittorino Ramboldini....

 and painter Morto da Feltre
Morto da Feltre
Morto da Feltre was an Italian painter of the Venetian school who worked at the close of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th.His real name appears to have been Pietro Luzzo, Pietro Luci or Lorenzo Luzzo; he is also known by the name Zarato or Zarotto, either from the place of his death or...


Main sights

  • The Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter
    Saint Peter
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     and St. Prosdocimus and rebuilt in Renaissance times. It has maintained from the preceding buildings the apse and the 14th century campanile. The interior has works by Pietro Marescalchi and some 17th century wooden statues. The church is flanked by the 15th-century baptistry, housing a precious Medieval baptismal font from 1399. Under the cathedral is an excavated archaeological area of 1000 m² (1,195.99 sq yd) belonging to the ancient Roman city.
  • The Imperial Gate (1489, restored in 1545), from which the Via Mezzaterra starts. This is faced by the noteworthy Casa Crico, Casa Cantoni and Palazzo Muffoni.
  • Palazzo Salce.
  • The Palazzo della Ragione (16th century), the current Town Hall, with a Palladian style portico. It opens to the Piazza Maggiore, one of the most beautiful in the Veneto, with a fountain by Tullio Lombardo and a column surmounted by the Lion of St. Mark. In the same piazza are Palazzo Guarnieri and a Baroque staircase leading to the church of St. Roch (1576–1632), flanked by the so-called "Castle of Alboin
    Alboin was king of the Lombards from about 560 until 572. During his reign the Lombards ended their migrations by settling in Italy, the northern part of which Alboin conquered between 569 and 572...

    " with the
    Torre dell'Orologio, once part of the Roman defensive apparatus. The Castle's attribution to the Lombard king of Alboin has no historical evidence
  • The Pinacoteca, in Palazzo Villabruna, has works by Morto da Feltre
    Morto da Feltre
    Morto da Feltre was an Italian painter of the Venetian school who worked at the close of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th.His real name appears to have been Pietro Luzzo, Pietro Luci or Lorenzo Luzzo; he is also known by the name Zarato or Zarotto, either from the place of his death or...

    , Cima da Conegliano
    Cima da Conegliano
    Giovanni Battista Cima, also called Cima da Conegliano was an Italian Renaissance painter.-Biography:Giovanni Battista Cima was born at Conegliano, now part of the province of Treviso, in 1459 or 1460...

    , Gentile Bellini
    Gentile Bellini
    Gentile Bellini was an Italian painter. From 1474 he was the official portrait artist for the Doges of Venice.- Biography :...

    , Pietro Marescalchi and others.
  • The church and the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, begun in 1492, but entirely renovated in the 19th century, has maintained part of the ancient cloister. It houses a painting by Jacopo Bassano
    Jacopo Bassano
    Jacopo Bassano , known also as Jacopo dal Ponte, was an Italian painter who was born and died in Bassano del Grappa near Venice, from which he adopted the name.- Life :...

Outside the city are:
  • The sanctuary of SS. Vittore e Corona (12th-15th century), dedicated to Saints Victor and Corona, outside the city shows a mix of Byzantine and Renaissance styles, and is home to some 14th-century Giottesque
    Giotto di Bondone
    Giotto di Bondone , better known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages...

     frescoes. Sculptures include the martyrium that houses the relics of the two Eastern saints and a small statue of St. Victor.
  • The late Renaissance Villa Pasona stands on the site of the Castle of Pedavena, destroyed by Emperor Charles IV in 1350.


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