Castelfranco Veneto

  • Castelfranco Veneto, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Castelfranco Veneto, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto

Historical Highlights

The foundation of the town of Castelfranco Veneto was in the work of the City of Treviso in 1195 about on an existing embankment of pre-Roman origin, perhaps; it should be seen in the expansion phase of the town, who began a campaign of expansion in the feuds over Piave. But the successes on this front corresponded to a progressive weakness of the opposite south-western borders, already scaled with the retreat of the river and attacked roller expansionism of Padua and Vicenza. The site chosen in a strategic location ensured the control of the most important means of communication; in addition to the military function, the act of the new foundation included the establishment of a sort of “colony”: those who intended to reside in the city were given lots and buildings within the walls, with the obligation of the defense and maintenance of the works.


- Tower of the North-East (visite part 22 March to late October – Info Association "Veneto Museum System" - Tel: 337 805304).
- The Castle.
- Cathedral (9,00 – 12,00 and 15,00 – 18,00 – can not be visited during religious ceremonies).
- Academic Theatre.
- Parco Revedin-Bolasco (sec. XIX) (visite part 22 March to late October – entrance fee on Tuesdays and Thursdays – free admission on Saturdays and Sundays. Info Association "Friends of Villa-Park-Revedin Bolasco" – Tel.: 337 805304).


- Palio of the Castle of Love – second weekend of September.
- Ancient tournament of the game of football – 1° weekends di settembre.
- Feast of variegated radicchio di Castelfranco IGP – the weekend and on the Sunday before Christmas.


Coming away from S. Pio X, after skirting the perimeter of the walls in the car, is reached in the large Piazza Giorgione, formerly Market Square, right in the corner where you can find the building's porch “Paveion”, the public loggia of the village, built in 1420 and the rear of the sixteenth century Palazzo Piacentini, frescoed, and once the seat of the ancient “Hosteria Sword”; the Bridge of Beghi square in half, continue around the moat, before noticing the northwest corner tower, to get inside the medieval Porta Vicenza, gap still open on the city wall. From, along the colonnaded street Priests, we capture the main towers (six of the eight surviving original, corresponding to the corners and gates), soaring on the compact urban fabric aggregate on a road network that repeats inside the square shape of the castle. The town of Castelfranco Veneto was divided into four districts, corresponding to quadrants of the castle, divided by two main streets at right angles. At the junction with Garibaldi Street, going to the left, you notice the eighteenth-century Academic Theatre, designed by Francesco Maria Preti, while the right hand, in the square S. Liberal, you can visit the eighteenth-century Duomo (altarpiece by Giorgione, Paolo Veronese frescoes and paintings by Palma il Giovane, Bassano and A. Carracci all'interno) and the adjacent former pawnshop, Oratory of Christ and Giorgione's House with the frescoed frieze artist. From here you go, coming out of the walls through the base of the mighty Civic Tower, also known as the Clock Tower, which opens the main door (Trevisana the Porta Franca, a sesto acuto, that still retains the frontispiece internal (the court of the guard now covered). Today you can visit the north-east corner tower, Recently restaurata, accessible from the alley Montebelluna, north of the Civic Tower. Beyond the door, you can follow the perimeter of the walls along the moat of Musonello for a brief digression to the right, until you pass the corner tower of the south-east and reach the Tower of “Pestrin” or of the Dead, behind the Cathedral. It then returns in front of the Clock Tower (note, front, corner of Via Riccati, the sixteenth-century noble palaces and Spinelli Guidozzi Bovolini Soranzo, and, proseguendo it briefly Borgo Trento, the eighteenth-century Palace Priests with St. James Church and the Cloister of the Servants of Massari . You can then enter in the gardens of the Castle, at the foot of the embankment to the north (are to be observed on the opposite side of the road the eighteenth-century palaces, facades with triple lancet, Novello and Pulcheri-Favero), and you can walk to the foot of the tower to the north-east, where the gap widens around the small island that houses the statue of the famous artist castellano, Giorgione. At the end of the garden, cross the Bridge of Beghi, to come back to the streets Giorgione.

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