town centre Feltre

The town centre surely is worth a visit, with its many historical buildings and museums. Feltre was first inhabited by the paleoveneti, an ancient population living in the north-eastern Italian regions, and then by the Romans, who recognized its economic and politic importance, rising in a strategic position along the borders. 
After a period of wars, pillages and strifes among the landlords competing for the control of the town, in the second half of the 15th century Feltre fell under the Venetian domain. 

The old town is perched on a hill around the Alboino Castle and maintains its typical architecture with frescoed buildings, alleys, and the many churches and squares. Famous are the Piazza Maggiore square, adorned by the Lombard style fountains, and outside the walls, Piazza Duomo square, under which archaeological finds were brought to light and can now be seen by visitors.  

Feltre is a university town and features many museums, among which there is the Galleria Carlo Rizzarda, housing about 400 forged iron tools and a modern art collection with paintings and sculptures from artists of the 19th and 20th century: Schiele, Carrà, Tancredi, Fattori, Picasso and Chagall, to name just a few.

The City Museum houses many finds, works of art, sculptures, distributed in the halls of Palazzo Villabruna, the building holding the exhibition. The archaeological section is on the ground floor, interiors of the patrician houses of Feltre are rebuilt on the first floor, and an interesting art gallery is displayed on the second floor. In the courtyard there is a collection of the coat of arms of the most important noble families of Feltre, and the storage holds paintings, tools, ceramic ware, coins, medals…

 

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