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Vittorio Veneto was one of the protagonists at the final battle of the Great War fought between the 24th October and 3rd November 1918, and whose memory lives on until the present day.
The comune was created by uniting the two cities of Ceneda and Serravalle in honour of Vittore Emanuele II who in 1866 united Italy. Vittorio Veneto lies near the Prealpi Trevigiane, in a location which in the prehistoric era was a giant glacier. Ceneda was an important Longobard dukedom in the 6th century, which led to its becoming an episcopal centre (which it still is today): in the quarter which functions as the commercial heart of the centre lies the Museo della Battaglia which commemorates the last decisive battle of the conflict.
Serravalle was highly valued by the Romans for its strategic location as a passageway through the Cadore forests. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods it gained fame for the manufacture of arms and textiles, including wool and silk.
Today Serravalle shows a suggestive and elegant face, studded as it is with 15th century ancient palazzi and arcade-lined streets (Franco Zeffirelli used its enchanting and historical atmosphere for part of his film version of Romeo and Juliet).
Not to be missed are the church of S. Giustina, of S. Giovanni Battista, piazza Flaminio,and the Serravallese loggia, the neoclassical Duomo with its Romanesque belltower housing a Virgin and Child with Saints of Titian, and the museum which displays remains from the Paleovenetian civilisation. Ceneda, in addition to the Museo della Battaglia, offers the church of S. Andrea, that of S. Maria del Meschio with its Annunciation of the Bergamo-born Andrea Previstali (15th-16th century), and the Diocesian Museum of Sacred Art Albino Luciani, which contains amongst others works by Palma di Giovane, Cima da Conegliano, and Titian.
Vittorio Veneto is considered 'City of Music', and regularly hosts choral and instrumental music competitions which have become indispensible reference points of national importance, and also for the attraction of new talent.
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