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12 Mag

Calalzo di Cadore

In PAESI by admin / 12 maggio 2013 / 0 Comments

While in Cadore you cannot but pay a visit to Lagole, a place of unique beauty and the most important archaeological site in the region. The area is characterized by grey, pink and white chalk strata. The mineral- rich spring water floods over the rocks and eventually collects in the little lake called “de le tose”, named after the local young ladies. In Roman and pre-Roman times (IV century BC – IV century AD) the area was home to a votive temple dedicated to a healing deity (called Trumusiate), thus becoming an important holy place of the ancient Venetians’ civilization. Thanks to these significant finds, which are now kept in the archaeological museum in Pieve di Cadore, this location is second in importance only to Este in the Veneto region.

The parish church (1847-1852) dedicated to the bishop St. Blaise was built on the site previously occupied by the 16th century building and designed by the engineers Gianluigi Pigazzi and Luigi Osvaldo Palatini. The decoration inside, simple though solemn, is the work of the architect Giuseppe Segusini from Feltre. The church boasts eight paintings by Orazio Vecellio, Titian’s son, in addition to a charming altar piece by Nicola Grassi. There are chapels dedicated to Madonna del Caravaggio (1822), St John and St Francis (1512) in the hamlet of Orsina.

A visit to Borgo Rizzios is a must: thanks to its secluded position, the village still preserves the building style typical of Cadore, namely clusters of houses, each with its own entrance. In the village you can visit St Anne’s church (1632), which owes its present state to Antonio Maria da Cadore, the founder of the confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. There are works by Gregorio Lazzarini and Sebastiano Bombelli, alongside a self-portrait attributed to Francesco Frigimelica and the 16th century chasuble belonging to Beato Padre Marco d’Aviano.
Renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, Val d’Oten is also the starting point for treks to various refuges, namely Chiggiato, Galassi and Capanna degli Alpini, as well as the Marmarole range and the Antelao massif.

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14 Nov

Pieve di Cadore

In PAESI by admin / 14 novembre 2012 / 0 Comments

Pieve di Cadore, cultural and administrative centre of the area, is one of those towns where nature’s allure combines with history and art to bring to life the spirit of the place. Titian’s birthplace bears the hallmarks of the great Renaissance master’s presence, from the house where he was born to the place names and the elegant square which frames his statue right in front of the historic palace of Magnifica Comunità di Cadore. Next to the local government building, symbol of civic life, stands the imposing
church of Santa Maria Nascente (11th century) which in its present form dates to the 19th century. The rich decoration inside includes an altar piece by Titian – Madonna with child and saints – paintings by the Vecellio family, Francesco, Marco and Cesare, and the remains of a precious Fluegelaltar.

The main square is flanked by remarkable historic buildings, including Tiziano l’Oratore’s house, dating from the 16th century and seat of Fondazione Tiziano e Cadore, a research centre on Titian’s production (noteworthy is the study with frescoes of grotesques). Right in front of the Town Hall a recent archaeological dig has shed light on the remains of a second century Roman villa, whose mosaic floor is exhibited in the Cadore Archaeological Museum. As you go down Via Arsenale, first you come across the ancient fountain of St John Nepomuceno (1793) with palazzo Sampieri-Vallenzasca-Policardi at the back and then the house where Titian was born. Further down stands palazzo COSMO with the concert hall and Museo dell’Occhiale. The latter, the most important museum of its kind, holds a unique collection of almost four thousand pairs of glasses, showing the history of eyewear from the 14th to the 20th century.

A walk around the town or in the nearby hamlets offers the opportunity to admire fine examples of religious architecture: Christ Church in Valcalda, with its fine crucifix, St Lawrence’s church in Sottocastello, its fabric and woodwork still in their original form, the remains of St Bartholemew’s church, and the churchyard in Nebbiù which used to host a fine polyptych by Antonio Rosso (now at the Museo Jacquemart-André in Paris). St Candido in Tai holds three works by Cesare Vecellio, Titian’s cousin and collaborator, which are set in wonderful altar frames made of painted carved wood. In Pozzale the church of St Thomas the Apostle exhibits a polyptych by Vittore Carpaccio. An excursion to the top of San Dionisio’s hill is worth the effort: on the summit, at over 1,800 metres a.s.l., stands the chapel dedicated to the saint. The original building was constructed in 1508, when the people of Cadore fought for their freedom in the plain at the bottom of the hill.

From here the view is breathtaking: the villages – Tai, Nebbiù, Valle – nestle in the valley with a crown of peaks all around: the Marmarole range, the majestic Antelao, Mount Pelmo, Mount Rite with Cibiana at its foot. A short descent takes you to Rifugio Antelao, built by the writer and Resistance fighter Giovanna Zangrandi. Another pleasant walk from Pieve takes you to parco del Roccolo, with a panoramic terrace on the lake and the opportunity to see Father Christmas’s house. From here you can go up to Forte di Monte Ricco, where the ancient castle used to stand. After the latest restoration work, the site is now a memorial and will be used as a cultural centre in the future.