Feltre is a town and comune of the province of Belluno in Veneto, northern Italy. A hill town in the southern reaches of the province, it is located on the Stizzon River, about 4 km from its junction with the Piave, and 20 km southwest from Belluno. The Dolomites loom to the north of the town.It was known in Roman times as Feltria and described as an oppidum by Pliny, who assigned its foundation to the Alpine tribe of the Rhaetians. The city obtained the status of municipium in 49 BC, in spite of its rigorous climate:
Feltria perpetuo niveum damnata rigore
Atque mihi posthac haud adeunda, vale.
Feltria lay on a Roman road mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary as passing from Opitergium (Oderzo) through Feltria to Tridentum (Trento).After the fall of the Western Empire, under which it had developed into a flourishing city, it became a Lombard dominion. Later in the Middle Ages, it was ruled by Ezzelino da Romano, by the Camino family, and then by the Scaligeri of Verona, from 1315 to 1337. Feltre was subsequently under Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, the da Carrara and the Visconti until 1404, when, together with Belluno, it was conquered by the Republic of Venice. In 1499 it received a new line of walls.In 1509 the center of the town was mostly destroyed during battles between the Venetians and the League of Cambrai, and later rebuilt with a characteristic 16th century style. In 1797, after the capitulation of Venice to Napoleon, it was ruled for some time by the French. Napoleon made his minister of war, Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke, Duke of Feltre in 1807. After the Congress of Vienna (1814), Feltre was assigned to the Austrian Empire, to which it remained until it was joined to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.It was besieged by Austria during World War I.
Feltre è un comune di 20.984 abitanti della provincia di Belluno, nel Veneto.È il centro principale del Feltrino.Centro principale del territorio feltrino è la città di Feltre (325 m), situata ad occidente del fiume Piave e alle pendici delle Dolomiti e, più in particolare, delle Vette Feltrine, chiusa a sud dal Monte Tomatico che domina imponente la Val Belluna. Attorno all'insediamento storico più antico della città, aggrappato sulle pendici di un colle (denominato "Colle delle Capre"), si sviluppano i quartieri più moderni
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