Cison di Valmarino
Top three things to see in Cison di Valmarino:
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.
For more information on all services related to the castle visit: https://www.castelbrando.it/
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.”