There’s a little village in the province of Treviso famous to have not just one, but two castles: Collalto and San Salvatore. The last one – strategically perched on a hill facing the main communication route between Treviso and Conegliano – is a private residence, not very often open to visits. Actually, there are just two big events taking place here: Vino in Villa – a wine experience dedicated to the Prosecco Superiore – and Libri in Cantina – a national show of small and medium publishing. It’s a great chance to enter not just the garden – with all the ancient castle’s ruins – but also palazzo Odoardo, built in the 18th century by the homonymous earl.
The history of the Collalto family – which can claim Longobard origins – dates back to about the year 1000 A.D., when its power began to spread over this very area, obtaining the title of Counts of Treviso. In 1245 the Comune of Treviso itself left all its rights over the San Salvatore hill to the Collaltos, marking the beginning of their influence over a quite extensive territory of the prealpi trevigiane. The building of the castle of San Salvatore took place between the end of the XIIIth century and the beginning of the XIVth, in order to exercise better control over their possessions and working in synergy with the previous fortification of Collalto, few kilometres away. San Salvatore is quite a late-medieval castle, but it also was one of the widest one in the Northern Italy, keeping its power over centuries, until 1797, when Napoleon arrived. The recent history succeeded in devastating what had been kept alive over the centuries: between 1917 and 1918 the castle suffered considerable damage during the bombing, that destroyed also the archives. So much have been lost about its history and appearance, as it was before WWI.
According to studies, a great work has been done during the XVIth century, when a more urban appearance has been given to the architectural space inside the walls. The main palace, Palazzo Odoardo, dates back to the XVII century and has been recently restored to its ancient splendour. The building represented the effort made by Earl Odoardo of Collalto to catch attention and propose himself as Doge of Venice. He didn’t make it but, fortunately, he left us a magnificent palace, now venue for cultural events. The entire castle is still property of the counts of Collalto, who run the estate following that blend of culture and wine that is the natural vocation of this territory.
A place so much beautiful and deeply connected with the panorama to be often chosen by the famous XVth century artist Cima da Conegliano as the main feature in the background landscapes of his paintings.
My autumn outfit:
❃Pics by Antonio and me❃