Friday, March 14, 2014

7 reasons to love Vittorio Veneto {plus: moving in!}

as i -visually- told you some months ago, i've been busy nesting. i meant it literally, because marco and i moved into our new apartment, and started a new chapter of our life in Vittorio Veneto, a town we both love, so i think it's fair enough to finally show it to you, and explain what i like the most about my new home.

as i usually do, these reasons are focused on details and totally subjective impressions, so this is not a guide (but i'll write you one, sooner or later).

piazza Flaminio, Serravalle

7 reasons to love Vittorio Veneto

1) you can breathe history and culture 
Vittorio Veneto's history, like almost every town in Italy, goes way back. and you can see it very clearly
the place is called Vittorio Veneto since 1866 before that, there were two separate municipalities: Serravalle and Ceneda. they still maintain their distinctive features and charachters {yes, i overthink places personality}. Ceneda was well known in Roman times, and its importance grew after 667 AD. Serravalle owes its origins to the Romans, too, but reached its greatest splendor under the republic of Venice, from 1337 to 1797. enough history stuff for today, let's say i love places which have many stories to tell, and Vittorio is definitely one of them.

meschietti, Serravalle
2) the mountain are close, and the air is chilly 
i open the window and i see mountains. a refreshing breeze is always blowing from them.  

details, Serravalle




detail, Ceneda.
{do old people love to watch roadworks in your country, too?} 
3) santa augusta
the patron saint of Serravalle is a girl named Augusta, with a sad story. climbing the stairs dedicated to her, and following a charming path, her sanctuary can be reached in half an hour.
the saint is celebrated on august 21st, and the town, which is usually such a quiet place, goes wild for once on that night. 

Sant'Augusta stairs, Serravalle

Sant'Augusta, Serravalle
4) old signs on historical buildings
traces of the past painted on walls
detail, Serravalle
shops, Serravalle

old sign, Serravalle
5) osterie 
i told you what an osteria is. in Vittorio Veneto there are plenty of them. it makes it very rustic and traditional. 
osteria, Serravalle
6) nearby places 
as much as i love travelling, around italy and abroad, i still can't have enough of the countryside and the territory i live in, {i'm sure you've figured that out if you've been reading these pages for a while}, despite the cons that come out of living in the province. and Vittorio is close to hills, mountains, lakes, adorable little towns that i love. plus a bunch of stuff i haven't told you yet. but i will. 
me in in the park of Villa Papadopoli, Ceneda

details, Serravalle
mountain landscape (and the Sant'Augusta sanctuary)


Sant'Andrea church, the oldest one in Vittorio Veneto (built before 1200)

7) nothing is going on. but when it does, it's so nice! 
choosing to live in a small town, means to accept the fact that your social life will never be as the one you can have in Tokyo, New York City or Milano. in my opinion, if you're not okay with that, move. please. stop complaining. if you're okay with that, you'd enjoy the few great things that your territory is offering you, in terms of festivals {the best festival in Vittorio Veneto is held in early september, and it's called Comodamente; other personal favorites around here are the Lago Film Fest and Pordenone Legge}, town fairs, art exhibitions, small shops, farmer markets, flea markets, people gossiping at the bar, events dedicated to local wine and food, destinations for a day trip, etc.

hope you enjoyed our little journey through Vittorio Veneto, and come visit me soon!


me making a face in a tiny street 





34 comments:

  1. What an amazing place you are living in! Can't wait to visit it!! Good luck with your new little nest, Silvia!

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    1. thank you anna ♥
      hope to see you in Vittorio Veneto soon

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  2. Intanto congratulazioni per il nesting :)
    Foto stra belle (as usual)
    [Quando sono stata a Vittorio mi è piaciuta moltissimo quella silenziosa via di ciottoli che sale quasi parallela al vecchio centro storico, con le porticine che vi si affacciano, ed il panorama sui tetti di Vittorio Veneto e delle montagne intorno che si scorge guardando al di là dell'alto muretto di pietra]

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    1. grazie vale! se ho capito bene la stradina che intendi, è quella nell'ultima foto!

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  3. These are AMAZING photographs of your new home! The warmth and contrast in these just blew me away ♥♥♥ And hello cute silvia! That picture of you is wonderful.

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  4. These are so beautiful! I love the way you're liking and describing your new hometown, dear Silvia! It certainly looks full of history and surrounded by some wonderful nature.
    The two photographs of you are truly lovely too!
    Now I'm going to look up the story of Sant'Augusta... you got me quite curious there!

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    1. according to the legend, Augusta was the young daughter of a local king, who secretly converted to Christianity. when her father found out about it, he tortured her showing no mercy for his own daughter.

      her sanctuary is quite nice, i'll show it here!

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  5. I tuoi post sono sempre belli, semplici e fanno venire voglia di muoversi e scoprire i posti con occhi nuovi.

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    1. grazie mille Francesca!! un saluto a Barcellona :)

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  6. oh, dear... what a beautiful town!! I enjoyed very much your list. I would really love to live there :) Looks so peaceful... I'm also passionate about history and old places. Hope you can make more posts about this new place.
    have a nice weekend!
    vix
    www.victoriapichel.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you vix :) i certainly will!
      hope you had a lovely weekend

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  7. Serravalle è proprio proprio bella!
    e congratulazioni per il nuovo capitolo della vostra vita :D

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    1. grazie :)
      Serravalle (non so se si sia abbastanza capita come cosa) per me è superlativo assoluto!

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  8. What a lovely new place! I agree totally with the point you made on number 7. I can't wait to see more of your adventures here. Will you show some of your nesting process as well?

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    1. thanks anna, i now you can empathize, having experienced both the rural life and the New York life!
      actually, i shared some sneak peeks from our new place in "when it rains" post, and maybe i'll show you more in the future ;)

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  9. this place looks so magical, I bet I would fall in love. I actually did, just looking at your photographs. Wow. incredible. The culture, the history, ahh!

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    1. kasia, i'm glad you like it! :) i'm so happy to show the places that i love

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  10. Your pictures are absolutely lovely!! Can't wait to see more pictures of your new hometown :)

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    1. thank you, and welcome!
      (i love your pictures from Bangkok and Santorini)

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  11. Che bello questo post! E' stato davvero bello leggerlo!
    A presto, Marzia

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    1. è bello vedere che un posto che adoro venga apprezzato così!
      grazie Marzia :)

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  12. I hope my letter arrives there soon Silvia :)
    I love small towns and it is so nice to see you <3

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  13. Oh dear, I've never been there but I'm already in love. Superb colours!

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    1. thanks antonella! you'd be welcome if you want to visit ;)

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  14. It looks like a beautiful town! Would love to be visit it one day!

    All the best for your new home!

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  15. Great photos! Congrats for the chance to visit this marvelous city.

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  16. i think i'm in love with your new home town ♥♥♥
    i heard so much of vittorio veneto while growing up. my grandmother always told me tales from all the places you show and it's so nice to put such lovely images to those stories :)


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    1. it's amazing that your grandma had tales about this town! small world ♥

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    2. indeed! :) my great grandfather's family was originally from lentiai, and now most of them live all over veneto. there was an ice cream shop called el piave where we used to go and there she would tell us lots of stories from belluno, feltre and vittorio veneto :)

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    3. that's sweet! el piave, like the river!
      i have already shown feltre and vittorio veneto, i promise i go to belluno soon, so you'll have the whole picture ;)

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