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Oderzo

Still shining brightly is the opulent history of Oderzo, a splendid city in the province of Treviso which has always played a key role in the North-East.

And such a rich history it is that with every excavation remains from every epoch are brought to the light. Indeed countless relics have already been recovered from the guardian earth and are now proudly displayed in this city of art.

Originally a Paleovenetian settlement of pile-dwellings the site was appropriated by the Romans during the construction of the Via Postumia, the road connecting Genoa with Aquileia, and under the name of Opitergium became a mercantile city, complete with Roman forum, basilica and circus. The city experienced its glorious age between the 1st and 2nd centuries A.C., when it gave its name to the nearby lagoon (Laguna Opitergina) and to the mountains (Monti Opitergini), now known as the Monti del Cansiglio.

Unfortunately the decline of the Roman Empire and the devastating barbarain invasions, above all that of Attila the Hun, signalled the end of all this splendour: not until the beginning of the 11th century did the city begin to recover its previous glory, which really took off again 200 years later with the construction of its fortifications.

Today Oderzo still preserves Gothic porticoed houses and Renaissance palaces. The river Monticano flows through the city's architecture bounded by the ample Piazza Vittore Emanuele, with its late Gothic Duomo (with 16th century additions) flanked by the belltower, orginally part of the now vanished city walls.

The Duomo houses canvasses by Palma il Giovane and Pomponio Amalteo. Along Via Mazzini the Roman remains are visible rising from the earth, from the forum to the basilica, including several houses. The remainder can be seen at the Museo Civico Opitergino Eno Bellis.

The area is famed for its excellent river fish.