Monday, November 11, 2013

Feltre. November, Friday 1st

piazza maggiore, with San Rocco and San Sebastiano church, and the Castle of Alboin
november 1st is all saints' day, a national holiday in Italy. the tradition is to visit the graves of deceades relatives, pray and light candles. this holiday is not what i would call merry, but it's not a mouring day either. i love to see it as a time to celebrate family and roots. that's why marco and i decided to go to Feltre, the town where my grandma comes from.

the weather is still surprisingly warm, so we went by lambretta! i'm happy the scooter season is so long this year. Feltre is a town located in an alpine area in the middle of a wide valley, bordered to the north by the Dolomites, the Feltre peaks {vette feltrine} and the Piave river.

piazza Maggiore

a walk in Feltre's old town is a journey into renaissance elegance, the autumn colors of the trees match the beautifully frescoed walls of the houses, there are cozy cafès and hosterias, stylish clothes shops, delicatessens stores. it culminates in the wide piazza maggiore, a large square dominated by San Rocco and San Sebastiano church {1576 - 1632}. old gates and the Castle of Alboin, which can be seen near the church, are the witnesses of the ancient roman defensive structure.
contrade: duomo, santo stefano, castello, portoria

on the square's pavement, four emblems are painted in bright colors: they are the symbols of contrade, districts in which the town is divided. the contrade face each other every year, in an historical competition called Palio. the Palio di Feltre is held at the end of july, and includes horse race, tug of war, archery and relay race. it seems that the Palio's origins date back to the 14th century.

a gourmet tip: take a break at the best bakery in town, pasticceria Garbujo {via Tezze 16}. my grandma told me that when she was a schoolgirl, during war time, sometimes she pampered herself with Garbujo's raisin bread or gelato. nowadays the speciality is strudel, but all the pastries are delicious. they also sells fine chocolate.

wandering in the streets


arcade in via mezzaterra | a gourmet shop






















one of the many cafes


a painted wall


the next stop of our visit was just outside the city center, where in a mountain rocky spur lies a charming shrine devoted to Saints Victor and Corona. the grey sky gives to the place a gloomy look, and the surrounding forest was a haven of peace and quiet.

shrine of the saints victor and corona

before leaving Feltre, i wanted to show marco my grandma's birthplace, in a hamlet called Villapaiera. her parents house is still there, with a wide courtyard and garden. i remembered a big nut-tree, and i wanted to harvest some walnuts. unfortunately, the tree was there but there were no walnuts. the neighbors told us it has been a bad year for the harvest. so we just took a picture.
Villapaiera's church


in the courtyard of my grandma's parents house.




16 comments:

  1. Feltre really looks like a gorgeous little town, Silvia! I love the way the houses and the narrow streets look so beautifully old!
    Your portrait in your gandparents' courtyard looks lovely!

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  2. Ci sono stata in vacanza all'età di 5 anni, non mi ricordo niente se non la pace che regnava in quei posti!

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  3. really beautiful photos. special place :-)

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  4. Feltre is truly a great little place to take a picturesque stroll! Thank you for taking us with you!

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  5. A walk in this town would be absolutely delightful. Love all the little vignettes of the town you took pictures of.

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  6. your portrait ♥♥♥
    my grandmother always speaks of feltre with such love, it's wonderful to see it through your lens ♥

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    1. i think our grandmothers would get along :)
      thank you dear toi (my letter is on its way!)

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  7. such a good mood around this place :)
    you and your braid are beautiful <3

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  8. Italy is so beautiful! I really need to visit those places one day - your pictures are beautiful

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    1. i truly hope you will! call me if you're going to ;)

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