Castello di Godego
Castello di Godego, comprising the land between the Asolo Hills and the Central Venetian Plain (Pianura Centrale Veneta), lies at the intersection of the cities Treviso, Padova and Vicenza.
The name for this municipality has two separate derivatives. “Castello” alludes to the presence of military stronghold during the Roman Empire and, afterwards, during the Barbaric Age on a hill nearby. (Castelliere, in Italian, roughly translates to “hillfort”.) The second part of the name, “Godego,” is instead of uncertain derivation. The name may come from the word gudaga in Longobard dialect, meaning “woods” – referring to the vast forest that covers the area.
The Church of San Pietro in Castello di Godego, which dates back to the 9th century, is an especially great site here. Built by the Ancient Venetians, this church has a very humble design but is a great example of preserved architecture from over 1,200 years ago. There are also many different villas here, dating back mainly from the 15th century onward. As is the case with most Venetian villas, many of the villas here are now being used for public uses, such as the 15th-century Barco Mocenigo's current use as an art-school and 17th-century Villa Priuli now used as a public museum.
Info: Municipality of Castello di Godego www.comune.castellodigodego.tv.it