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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