The Marchlands of Treviso and the great feuds
Here are two suggestions for those interested in going back in time to find out more about when the history of the Marchlands of Treviso was characterized by feuds and lineage, extremely powerful families who marked the evolution of the territory on the right and left banks of the river Piave.
The first itinerary concerns the feud of the Ezzelini, and the toponymy of the places around here today reflect the dark, gloomy affairs that this family's story is steeped in. A tower remains of this historical family house, the Torre degli Ezzelini, which is enough to allow the visitor to imagine the extraordinary dimensions of the fortress realized around the middle of the thirteenth century. The route winds through a magnificent naturalistic area where the visitor can discover tiny villages and the remains of ancient fortifications.
The itinerary of "I Grandi Feudi" (The Great Feuds) runs along the left riverbank of the Piave that was the backdrop of many stories and legends associated with the 'Collalto', the 'da Camino', the 'da Carrara' and the 'Brandolini' names. In the midst of beautiful postcard-like landscapes, set in among the rolling hills, there are numerous examples of mediaeval fortifications and noble residences that are among the most original that can be seen in the whole of Italy.
The ancient castle of Collalto in Susegana stands out among them, and the mysterious castle of San Salvatore, the imposing Castelbrando, once the sumptuous residence of the Brandolini in Cison di Valmarino. The route also passes by the Tower of San Floriano and the centre of Serravalle in Vittorio Veneto, situated in an extraordinarily beautiful landscape context, as well as the towers of Credazzo in Farra di Soligno, set deep in the rolling hills where the famous Prosecco is cultivated.
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Photos: Municipality of San Zenone