Conegliano, is famous for being the birthplace of Gian Battista Cima, a splendid Sacred Conversation by whom can still be admired today in the cathedral: it is known as "The Venetian Pearl".

Starting life with the expansion of the bourgeoisie from the fourteenth century onwards, the city is dominated by its hill-top castle; its axis road is unique and extremely fascinating: the Contrada Grande, now called Via XX Settembre. Along this road are to be found the cathedral, the facade of which is dominated by a large fresco by Pozzoserrato; among the most important murals in Veneto is the Scuola dei Battuti, a masterpiece by Francesco Da Milano. And then there are the large buildings: the Monte di Pietà with its extraordinary painted decorations, and the Casa Sbarra, a late-Gothic building from the end of the fifteenth century.
The castle, on the top of the Giano Hill, is reached by way of a fascinating journey on foot along the ancient Carraresi walls, one of the oldest building-works of the Medieval centre and from which you can admire a view of the foothills.

Palazzo Sarcinelli

Palazzo Sarcinelli is one of the most characteristic stately homes of Conegliano’s historic centre, and one of the best examples of houses of the Renaissance period. Erected in 1518, the building is a luxurious residence built by the sons of the nobleman Antonio Sarcinelli di Ceneda.

The architectural structure, which follows Renaissance lines, is simple but imposing, and is characterised by five tall, round arches supported by columns ornamented with relief heads, and by an airy mullion window with four lights flanked by two single lancet windows at each side which “illuminate” the reception hall. This is decorated with plaster cartouches portraying warriors. The building’s entrance is enriched by a marble portal which gives access to an airy arcade.

The location of the city library and, since 1988, of the modern art gallery, in 2008-2009 it underwent a thorough restoration that has allowed the gallery to host important exhibitions. Thanks to an agreement with Civita Tre Venezie, Palazzo Sarcinelli has hosted some large shows of international interest, in accordance with a four-yearly programme devoted to the Venetian sixteenth century.


The territory around Conegliano

Conegliano is the cultural heart of one of the most important Italian wine-producing regions, the docg Conegliano Valdobbiadene, where Prosecco Superiore originates.

To the north of Treviso, a short distance from the imposing Venetian Dolomites, there is an environmental scene of steep inclines and smiling valleys enhanced by a centuries-old winemaking culture that has deeply altered the territory and has embroidered the hills with rows of vines. This is a landscape that, for its uniqueness, is a candidate for a UNESCO International Heritage site: it is a quite fascinating territory full of history and art, a pleasant and loving border district where it is a pleasure to wander along the Prosecco Road.

Here are itineraries that allow visitors to discover ancient castles, aristocratic villas, sacred buildings, and ancient thermal springs. The natural setting and its wine and food excellences happily join up with architecture, the figurative arts, music, and poetry.

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