Cesiomaggiore, view over the town

Along the foothill road that winds along the slopes of the mountains between Feltre and Santa Giustina, lies Cesiomaggiore. Characterized by the high peaks of the Val Canzoi valley northwards, crossed by the Caorame torrent, the town slopes down along the hills reaching the bed of the Piave river and the artificial lake of Busche, an interesting place for lovers of aquatic fauna, created by the barrage of the waters that feed the hydroelectric plants of Quero and Pederobba.

Cesiomaggiore is located along the ancient route of the Roman military road called "Claudia Augusta Altinate", which connected the Adriatic sea with the Danube and is now travelable by foot or by mountain bike thanks to a well-marked route. In 1786 along this route was found a milestone used to mark the distances, now preserved in the lapidary inside Villa Tauro alle Centenere near the village of Pez in Busche. The noble residence, built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, became the high-society center of the area and was plundered like many others during the Great War.

There are many villas in the Cesiomaggiore area: villa Corrà and villa Muffoni in the town center, villa Dal Corno in Cesiominore, villa Petricelli and Montebello, villa Zugni in Tussui and in Pez and villa De Mezzan in Menin. Inside the many churches and oratories of the area are preserved real treasures of art; worth of mention is the small sanctuary of the "Madonnetta", in the village of Pez, which displays a seventeenth-century series of paintings by Agostino Ridolfi. The wild Val Canzoi, enclosed between the Mount Tre Pietre (1965 m) and Mount San Mauro (1836 m), is crossed by the cold waters of the Caorame stream and offers many trails for hikers and nature lovers, that can find, at the bottom of the valley, the clear waters of the artificial lake of "Stua" which reflects the imposing bulk of dolomite of Sass da Mur (2550 m).

From the lake start many trails leading to the dolomite peaks of Cimonega and to the suggestive pastures of Erera-Brandol that allow you to reach the Alta Via delle Dolomiti n.2 ( High Route of the Dolomites no.2) and the Trentino valleys of Primiero.

Cesiomaggiore also houses two unique museums: the Historical Bicycle Museum, born from the real passion for the two-wheels of Sergio Sanvido and the Ethnographic Museum of the Province of Belluno and the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites, hosted in the nineteenth-century villa of the counts Avogadro degli Azzoni, which displays a vast collection of artefacts relating to the life of rural population of Belluno from the late nineteenth century till today.

In Busche you can find the Lattebusche cooperative that from over 50 years collects the milk production of the Belluno area and makes a variety of cheeses exported all over the world, including the Piave cheese, protected by the P.D.O. Mark ( Protected Destination of Origin).

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