Pieve di Soligo
Via Ettore Majorana - 31053 Pieve di Soligo
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The name of this town comes the old civil “parish” (“pieve”) of Soligo (which itself comes from a diminutive of the personal Latin name Sulla). It was divided into a number of administrative units in the 13th century, giving rise to the Pieve del Trevisan on the right bank of the Soligo river and the Pieve del Contà on the left bank. Still today, starting from the first week of October there is a Tug of War between Trevisan and Contà, with flag wavers, drummers and women dressed as maid servants providing additional entertainment. In addition, as part of a tradition dating back to 1956 there is a “Giant Spit Roast”. Quails are slowly cooked for five to six hours over a fire of hornbeam and beech wood from the surrounding forests.
Due to its exceptional geographical location, Pieve di Soligo is known as the “pearl of the Quartier del Piave area”. Despite the devastation caused by the First World War, there are some fascinating landscapes and architectural marvels both in Pieve di Soligo itself and in the villages of Solighetto and Barbisano.
The banks of the Soligo river are a great place for relaxing walks and bike rides, with all sorts of distinctive local historical features and landscapes to explore. There are also some very interesting nature trails alongside the Lierza stream, which marks the border with the Municipalities of Refrontolo and Susegana.
A number of noteworthy buildings can be found in Pieve di Soligo town centre: the 17th century Villa Chisini-Daniotti, the coeval Palazzo Ciassi and Palazzo Morona, with the Baroque church of the Madonna del Carmine, the 19th century Palazzo Balbi Valier, and the adjacent Borgo Stolfi. Around Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II you will find Palazzo Vaccari (which was once home to schools and the town hall), the restored historical premises of the Stella d’Oro hotel, the “Giacomo e Maria Battistella” library and the adjoining Battistella-Moccia auditorium (which plays host to cultural events), and the 19th century Loggia dei Grani. The grand cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to the early 20th century and it contains an altarpiece by Francesco da Milano from 1540, a “crucifixion” by Giovanni Possamai, a “Virgin and Child” by Marta Sammartini, and the tomb of Blessed Giuseppe Toniolo, an eminent sociologist and a leading player in the Italian Catholic movement in the years after the unification of the country. Near the cemetery at the end of Cal Santa – which is used as the route for the Way of the Cross – stands the oratory of the Calvary: a simple 16th century chapel with a fine “crucifixion” and some stucco decorations.
On the square in Barbisano it is still possible to see the building of the first “basket-making school”: a workshop/school where the tradition of producing items with woven reeds originated in the Province of Treviso. Elsewhere on the square is the parish church of Santa Caterina, which was built in neoclassical style in the early 20th century. There are two statues by Emilio Fontana on the façade, while an altar by Paolo Possamai and a painting by Giovanni Zanzotto can be found inside. Little canyon-like formations known as the “crode del Pedrè” can be found on the Lierza stream, near the villa that once belonged to the soprano and actress Toti dal Monte.
All year round, the Solighetto hills are a great place to enjoy the natural environment and the views of the plain and the chain of hills that precede the Treviso Prealps and run from Vittorio Veneto to Vidor and from Follina to Cison. The square in Solighetto is a simple but delightfully neat little gem that is lined by Villa Brandolini and the 19th century parish church of the Immacolata Concezione. A fountain stands in the middle of the square. Built to mark the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, the construction boasts remarkably consistent features compared to other churches in the area. A graceful white marble bas-relief portrays the death of Count Gerolamo Francesco Brandolini Rota and on the ceiling there is an eye-catching fresco by Giovanni De Min. Villa Brandolini is home to the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Protection Consortium. The 18th century Veneto villa features the typical style of the era. It is now owned by the town council and used to host prestigious art exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. Nearby is the former home of the Italian Senator Francesco Fabbri, where the foundation of the same name is now based. It provides creative scholars and researchers with a place to conceive and put into practice local development projects.