An ancient link between the mountains, the plains and the sea, a meeting place of cultures, the city of Feltre has a wealth of art, history and beauty. To enter the old city, you have to climb up to Colle delle Capre through one of the ancient gates: Porta Imperiale, Porta Oria or Porta Pusterla.
Welcoming you at the top are the scenic Piazza Maggiore surrounded by the Castle of Alboino, the church of San Rocco, Lombardesque fountains and historic palaces; among them are Guarnieri Palace and Ragione Palace with the Sena Theatre, “La Piccola Fenice”. Branching off from the square are streets and lanes to stroll along with your chin up to admire the ancient buildings with fine frescoes, elegant mullioned windows and balconies.
Instead, at the foot of the hill are the Cathedral and Baptistery, and below the churchyard a 1,000-square-metre archaeological area tells the story of the ancient Roman town of Feltria.
The 3 museums in town are worth visiting: the Carlo Rizzarda Gallery of Modern Art, the Civic Archaeological Museum and the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art at the Old Bishopric.
Feltre’s surroundings are also rich in places to discover: from the Sanctuary of Saints Victor and Crown, to the numerous Venetian villas, to places of naturalistic interest, such as the Vincheto di Cellarda, Corlo Lake, and the Vette Feltrine peaks, to name a few.
Curiosities and tips
- At the end of June, there is the Craftsmanship exhibition inside many historic buildings that are normally closed
- Pedavena is home to the historic Fabbrica in Pedavena, Italy’s largest brewery where you can taste typical Belluno cuisine in addition to beer
- Starting and finishing in Feltre, the Sportful Dolomiti Race is the toughest Gran Fondo race in Europe
- The Feltre ToTeM Card allows access to the city’s main cultural sites at an affordable price. The name ToTeM stands for Towers, Theatre and Museums.
- Monte Avena, the gateway to the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, is an internationally renowned venue for paragliding
- Monte Grappa famous for its Military Memorial