Cison di Valmarino

Cison di Valmarino: one of the most beautiful villages in Italy

Cison di Valmarino was inhabited since prehistoric times, a time that was followed by settlements during Roman and medieval times. The name "Cison" probably comes from the Latin "Caesum" and refers to the reclamation that was carried out by the Benedictine monks of the nearby Follina Abbey in these areas, starting in the 12th century. The history of Cison di Valmarino is inextricably linked to that of the Brandolini family, which had a catalytic role in the management of the industrial activity of the territory and, from the heights of Castelbrando, controlled the productive activity of the surrounding area, dominating the fiefdom of "Val Mareno" (which included the current area of Cison, Valmareno, Miane) thanks to a branch of mezzadrili houses, characterized by the typical "Brandolini red" color and radically scattered throughout the territory. Today, these houses can be admired repeatedly as one travels through the Cisonese countryside, and some of them have been used as accommodations, restaurants or private homes, while still preserving their peculiarities.

Top three things to see in Cison di Valmarino:

Castle of Castelbrando
Castelbrando is a castle located on the slopes of Castle Mountain. Today it is home to a restaurant, hotel and spa, as well as various historical relics such as antique carriages
The historic center and the waterway
The historic center of Cison di Valmarino is a small but cozy village that hosts periodic traditional events, such as: the artisans’ exhibition in August and the Christmas markets in December
The "Penne Mozze" Wood
The “Penne Mozze” Wood is situated in a scenic location of the Prealps. It is a memorial surrounded by nature designed to remember all fallen “Alpini” soldiers born in the province of Treviso

Castle of Castelbrando

Castelbrando is a castle situated on the slopes of Monte Castello and located in the municipality of Cison di Valmarino. Attestations of settlements in this area are found since the Paleovenetian period, as well as in Roman, Ostrogothic and Longobard times; however, the construction of a real fortification dates back to the medieval period, in the first half of the 10th century.

After coming under the control of the Bishop of Ceneda, who had been entrusted with the jurisdiction of the Valmareno fiefdom, it was assigned to the Caminesi family.

Its present name, however, is due to its cession by the Serenissima Republic of Venice to Brandolino IV Brandolini and Gattamelata, condottieri di ventura in the service of the Republic.

Today the castle, purchased by entrepreneur Massimo Colomban, after having been used for a long time by the Salesians as a place of retreat and as a seminary, has been transformed into a hospitality facility and houses a hotel, restaurant, pizzeria and spa.

It is possible to go up and down from the castle via a convenient funicular railway whose departure point is at the foot of the castle near the parking lot.

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Historic city center and Roma square

Roma square is the main square of Cison di Valmarino, overlooked by the town hall, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, an 18th-century building characterized by a double facade, one facing the square and the other oriented in the opposite direction.

Opposite the church is the “La Loggia” Theater, which every year hosts events, demonstrations and book presentations. It is a building with an ashlar facade and three large arches which at one time probably housed the judicial and bureaucratic practices of the County of Valmarino and today is used as the Museum of Radio and Museum of Rural Civilization, as well as the headquarters of the Pro Loco of Cison di Valmarino.

Piazza Roma presents itself as a set of buildings that, although made in different periods, are harmonious as a whole, giving this square a sense of lived history, thanks especially to the overlooking in it of the ancient Casa Granda of the Brandolini family, the Villa Marcello-Marinelli and the magnificent Villa Ameliatte-Gasparetto, with its floral frescoes dating back to the industrial era.

The villa, along with the square as a whole, was the site of the film “Wife and Lover” starring Marcello Mastroianni and Laura Antonielli, directed by Marco Vicario, shot in 1977.

Today this space is home to several bars where Cison inhabitant meet to discuss and confabulate about the affairs of the town and is the site of several events promoting typical products and activities and crafts: Christmas Stars in the winter period, Assaporando in the spring and the very popular Artigianato Vivo in the summer.

Near the square there is also a tourist information center, located in the historic complex of the Marian houses, also owned by the Brandolini family and recently restored by the municipality of Cison di Valmarino.

The "Penne Mozze" Wood

The “Penne Mozze” wood is located in a panoramic position in the Treviso Pre-Alps in Cison di Valmarino; it is a memorial immersed in nature designed to remember all the fallen Alpine soldiers born in the province of Treviso. At the beginning of the path, the badges of the six Alpine Divisions – Cuneense, Taurinense, Pusteria, Julia, Alpi Graie and Tridentina – stand out in the Entrance Square; to the right of the three penne mozze, the symbol of the memorial, are the “feet “of the Alpine monument of Brunico blown up with a dynamite act by South Tyrolean secessionists.

The Bosco delle Penne Mozze is then the starting point of numerous trails and hikes to the Crodon del Gevero, Col de Moi, the San Boldo Pass, as well as to the very famous Loff hut, built in 1970 and leaning against the walls of the Crodon del Gevero.


Rolle is a small but picturesque hamlet in the municipality of Cison di Valmarino, named repeatedly even by the poet Zanzotto, who affectionately called it “Dolle” and had renamed it “postcard of the Gods.” 

The toponym of Rolle would probably derive from Ad ollas since very ancient and privileged in this place was the manufacture of olle, crude earthenware vessels already known to the Romans for cooking food and storing oil, grapes of nuts and other foods. 

To this day, the peculiarity of Rolle is linked to the presence of terraced vineyards along the slopes, combined with the scenic beauty of this place, which lies on the line of morainic hills that acts as a panoramic bulwark towards the Valley of the Treviso Prealps and has recently been the subject of the designation of within the 32 places of the heart of the FAI, in order to protect and enhance its landscape and historical bearing and the recovery of the “ancient cultivars of Prosecco vineyards.”

Itineraries in this city

Below are all the itineraries and hikes found in the vicinity of Cison di Valmarino

Laghi di Revine
Difficolty: low

The Revine lakes

San Boldo Pass
Difficulty: Medium

Bike around San Boldo Pass

Difficulty: Low

Along the waterway at Cison di Valmarino

Col de Moi
Difficulty: Medium-High

Col de Moi peak

Difficulty: Medium-Low

Bivouac of the Loff

Difficulty: Medium

Hike for Roby

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