Piazza Maggiore Square

Piazza Maggiore square crowns the top of “Colle delle Capre”, the hill on which Feltre was built. The citadel, one of the most picturesque ad interesting of the entire territory of Belluno, is enclosed by fifteenth-century walls characterized by three gates: Porta Imperiale, Porta Oria and Porta Pusterla.

From Piazza Maggiore, heart of the town, you can admire the palaces which overlook the square and in particular Alboino's Castle that towers atop the hill with its two towers visible from all the roads that lead to Feltre.

The square is overlooked by the Church of St. Rocco, built in the sixteenth century after a vow made by the citizens of Feltre to prevent epidemics and famines that bore down on the city. You can admire the magnificent Lombardic fountains built in the late fifteenth century, which once brought water to the city. These fountains are decorated with the emblem of Feltre, a turreted castle, and with the coats of arms of some Venetian Rectors who ruled here, were supplied with water from the reservoirs that still are behind the large wall and that fed the other city fountains.

Palazzo Guarnieri majestically rises at the side of the Church; completely renovated in the early nineteenth century by the architect Giuseppe Segusini from Feltre, this Palace features elegant neo-Gothic motifs that you can also find in its interior furnishings.

At the beginning of Via Mezzaterra there is “Palazzo della Ragione” (Palace of Reason), finished only at the end of the seventeenth century and seat of the administrative offices of the Republic of Venice that ruled the city from 1404 to 1797. This building has a long porch (probably designed by Andrea Palladio), and a staircase that leads to the famous “Teatro de la Sena” (theatre of the “scene”) also known as the “little Fenice” because it was designed and decorated by the same artists of the Theatre “La Fenice” in Venice.

Palazzo Pretorio, residence of the Venetian Rectors, is connected to the Palazzo della Ragione through a small covered bridge. The main hall is decorated with frescoes depicting coats of arms of the rectors, patron saints of the city (Vittore and Corona) and the Lion of St. Mark.

The little palaces Da Romagno – Bovio in Renaissance style, feature a long porch and lead towards Via Luzzo, road that houses the Civic Museum of Feltre.
At the center of Piazza Maggiore there are two stone sculptures representing Panfilo Castaldi (1430 – 1485/95 ), inventor of the printing press, and Vittorino da Feltre, an important humanist and educator of some of the most noble Italian families, both born in Feltre.

In summer, this wonderful square hosts the colorful pageants of the four districts participating to the “Palio” of Feltre and to the “Mostra dell'Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale” (Artistic and Traditional Handicraft Festival).

Municipalities Municipalities
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Feltre
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Museums and collections Museums and collections
The many museums and collections in the Province of Belluno are the evidences of the territory's rich and varied history

Civic Museum - Feltre
The civic museum of Feltre was opened in 1928 and contains the artistic evidences of some ...

“Carlo Rizzarda” Modern Art Gallery
The “Carlo Rizzarda” Modern Art Gallery, housed in the late sixteenth-century Bovio-Cumano ...

Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
The Diocesan Museum is housed inside the ancient “Vescovado di Feltre” (bishop's palace in ...

Castles Castles
Strategic strongholds between Venice and the northern lands

Alboino's Castle
The Castle of Feltre, better known as Alboino's Castle, was probably rebuilt on the ruins ...



Opening days and accessibility

You can reach Piazza Maggiore from Porta Imperiale along Via Mezzaterra, from Porta Oria along Via Luzzo, from Porta Pusterla using the stairs or the lift from Campo Giorgio.

Address:

Piazza Maggiore
32032 Feltre

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