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Known for being the birthplace of the famous painter Giambattista Cima, whose main work is the beautiful altar-piece, located in the Cathedral and depicting the Sacred Conversation, Conegliano is located in a prime location next to the Prealpi Trevigiane.
In the old town, the ancient Contrada Granda, built along Via XX Settembre and Piazza Cima, there are numerous Renaissance buildings with sculpted stone decorations and frescos. Among them, worthy of mention is the Cathedral with a decoration by Pozzoserrato, which is one of the largest frescoed façade in the Veneto Region.
The picturesque walking path alongside the walls built by the Carraresi leads to the castle, the symbol of Conegliano, located on the top of the hill, over Piazza Cima, in a panoramic position, which offers wide-ranging views.
Conegliano has about 35 thousand inhabitants and it is today the second town of the province, after the capital Treviso.
Favored by central position between Venice, Udine and Cortina, the city has developed over time the industrial sector as well as the service and the agricultural sector, and it has become with Valdobbiadene the reference of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg district, a candidate for Unesco heritage.
The great development of the wine sector is due in particular to the presence in Conegliano of the oenological school, the oldest wine school of Italy and Europe (it was founded in 1876 by G.B. Cerletti). From here the first Italian wine route starts, known as “Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene”.
The strategic location, close to major highways, two efficient airports (Treviso and Venice) and the provision of hotel facilities have enabled an increase of tourism related to food and wine, wellness and nature, art and cultural heritage.
Info of City: Conegliano Perla del Veneto, G.B. Molli, D. Canzian, Byblos – Regione del Veneto, Cittadella, 2009
(Ph: Francesco Galifi – Photo archive Comune di Conegliano)
The Civic Museum is located in the medieval Bell Tower or Guard Tower, the only remain of the ancient Fortress of Castelvecchio. It contains various artistic objects (armour, memorial tablets etc.). In the ground floor there is a valuable collection of 15th-16th century frescos detached from destroyed churches and cloisters of the district and a remarkable Pinacoteca with Italian paintings of Cima’s studio, Francesco da Milano, Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Jacopo Amigoni etc.. In the second floor there are archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic era to Roman times.
Via XX Settembre, known since ancient times as “Contrada Grande, is the beating heart of Conegliano. It runs from Porta Monticano to the Torricelle Dante. Here there are numerous Renaissance buildings with sculpted stone decorations and frescos. They include the very old Monte di Pietà and Palazzo Sarcinelli, which is now an art gallery and exhibition venue. Piazza Cima is at the heart of Contrada Grande. Looking out onto the large square are the Town Hall and the Teatro Accademia. Opposite is the smaller Piazzetta XVIII Luglio 1866, where Casa Dalla Balla ora Piutti takes prominence with its stunningly shaped balcony.
One of the town’s most breathtaking gems is the cathedral. It includes a portico with nine arches and a marvellous late 16th century decoration by Pozzoserrato. Inside is the only work by Cima in Conegliano: the famous Sacra Conversazione (The Sacred Conversation) an altarpiece from 1493. The small courtyard of the Cathedral provides access to the rectangular Sala dei Battuti, which has a fine wooden ceiling and a magnificent cycle of frescoes that depicts episodes ranging from the Creation of the World to the Last Judgment. Alongside is the Sala del Capitolo, which is embellished with five highly regarded Flemish tapestries.