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BELLUNO | Longarone

Located in the mid Piave Valley, Longarone is surrounded by the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites and the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites.  Its name derives from Longaria, meaning a long strip of land.  The deforestation of its woods led, in the eighteenth century, to the settlement of wealthy families who contributed to the architectural embellishment of the town.  Known above all for the disaster of 1963 when, after the Monte Toc landslide, the waters of the Vajont dam almost completely destroyed the town.  Today the dam can be visited, it rises in the gorge dug by a tributary stream of the Piave and was created as a “deposit” of water necessary to regularise the outflows and convey the water coming from the lake of Pieve di Cadore. FUN FACT: Longarone is known for being the home of the International Gelato Fair.  The first fair dates back to 1959 as an opportunity for ice cream makers of Zoldo and Cadore to meet.
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PADOVA | Piove di Sacco

The town halfway between Padua and Chioggia offers a multitude of landscape and architectural beauties, still well preserved.  Some scholars argue that the term derives from the Sciocco river that crossed the Piovese, others from the conformation of the territory and its morphology.  The city is of medieval origin, but the streets of the historic town center are still ennobled today by elegant palaces of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, built by the most powerful Venetian families.  In the historic center stands the Church of Santa Maria dei Penitenti, the “Chiesuola” for the inhabitants.  It is located next to the Cathedral exactly behind the Carrarese Tower, and is one of the oldest churches in Piove, built at the beginning of the 9th century. FUN FACT: The territory of Piove became an important road and river junction for the Romans, in fact the Via Popilia-Annia and the Bacchiglione and Brenta rivers passed through Plebs Sacci.
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ROVIGO | Fratta Polesine

Fratta Polesine is of very ancient origin, the first historical records date back to 1054, when the territory was acquired among the feuds by the bishop of Adria.  Especially known for the famous Villa Badoer, built on a project by Andrea Palladio and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Known as the “Badoera”, the villa was built between 1555 and 1557 and was commissioned by Francesca Badoer, descendant of a noble Venetian family.  The villa has an elegant facade, adorned with a monumental pronaos which are accessed via a wide staircase.  The northern barchessa of the villa houses the National Archaeological Museum, with exhibits concerning the life, craft and commercial activities of the village of Frattesina. FUN FACT: Giacomo Matteotti, a politician, socialist and parliamentarian, was born in Fratta Polesine in 1885, he was killed by fascists in 1924 for having denounced Mussolini’s electoral fraud.
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TREVISO | Vittorio Veneto

It is located between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo and is known as the site of the victorious final battle of the Great War.  Born in 1866 from the union of the ancient cities of Ceneda and Serravalle, initially it was named in honour of King Emanuele II.  Vittorio Veneto is an example of nineteenth-century urban planning, with Venetian-style buildings, and is full of places to visit.  Amongst the most beautiful is the Serravalle district, the perfect destination for spending a pleasant afternoon between the Sanctuary of Sant’Augusta, symbol of the city, and Piazza Flaminio, the most beautiful in the whole town.  Also notable is the Loggia Serravallese, the ancient seat of political power, and the Cathedral which houses paintings of great value. FUN FACT: The Graziella was invented in Vittorio Veneto, a folding bicycle designed by Rinaldo Donzelli who, since 1964, became one of the icons of Made in Italy.
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VERONA | Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo

Located between the valleys of Negrar, Marano and Fumano, it has the Corno d’Aquilio as an important natural border. Characterised by numerous neighbourhoods, enriched by fountains and historic churches, Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo is an ideal destination for lovers of nature and geology.  In fact, there are some fascinating natural monuments that were originated by the phenomenon of karst.  Just north of the Corno d’Aquilio is La Spluga della Preta, a chasm almost 1000 meters deep, which still carries with it all the charm of the unexplored.  In the south, stands the Ponte di Veja, a majestic natural arch of rock formed about 40 million years ago following the erosion of a karst cave by water. FUN FACT: One of a kind, the Veja Bridge is the largest natural bridge in Europe.  So special that it inspired Dante Alighieri for the Malebolgia in the Divina Commedia. 
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VICENZA | Monte Pasubio

On the border between the provinces of Vicenza and Trento, Monte Pasubio is a limestone massif of the Vicentine Pre-Alps.  Scene of battles during the Great War, it presents, on almost every side, rocky and steep fronts of a typically Dolomite character, with the characteristic spires, gorges and wild gorges.  On the Pasubio side we find the famous Route of the 52 galleries, an evocative route of extraordinary historical and environmental interest.  It is a military mule track 6550 meters long, a masterpiece of war engineering conceived by Captain L. Motti and built starting in 1917, in order to allow the transit of men and baggage in any season, under cover from the sight and offence of the enemy.  FUN FACT: At Pian delle Fugazze it is possible to visit the Museum of the 1st Army and the Ossuary of the Pasubio, a monument to the fallen of the Great War, a point of historical and artistic interest.
Jesolo journal Aprile 2022

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