View from the center of Lentiai

The territory of Lentiai is located on the left bank of the Piave river and until the end of the nineteenth century it was part of the ancient county of Cesana, that with its castle controlled a vast area of strategic importance for the valley of Belluno especially for the the essential ferry connecting the two banks of the Piave between the villages of Cesana (Lentiai) and Busche (Cesiomaggiore).

Built during the Lombard ages, at the beginning of the fourteenth century, the castle left its ancient position on the spur and was rebuilt in the center of Cesana becoming a noble residence. The village hosts the ancient Praetorian Palace, built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries featuring unique architectural elements.

Worth a visit is the deanery church of Santa Maria Assunta di Lentiai, national monument which houses the paintings by Paolo Veronese, Palma di Giovane, del Pordenone, Francesco Frigimelica, Agostino Ridolfi and Luigi Cima and sculptures made by Andrea Brustolon and Francesco Terilli. The main altar displays a polyptych painted in the studio of Tiziano Vecellio, while the coffered ceiling is decorated with twenty plates painted by Cesare Vecellio.

But Lentiai isn't only art and history: Pian di Coltura, that during summer enchants for its daffodils, in winter is the ideal destination for lovers of skiing and sledding. The traditional crossing of Pianezze-Lentiai on skies or snowshoes is one of the most popular winter activities, as it allows you to admire the magnificent scenery of the territory: from Mount Cesen to the Mariesch, from the scenic ridge of mount Garda, of the Col dei Piatti, of Col Moscher up to Stabie and Pian di Coltura.

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