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Mel and surroundings

Mel is one of two municipalities in the province of Belluno to be have awarded the Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club, which identifies the excellent hinterland places. It is built on a hill overlooking the valley: it is an impressive old town, developed around the beautiful square “Papa Luciani”, overlooked by buildings in Venetian style and of different ages, reflecting the past wealth of the town. On one side of the square you can see the church dedicated to the Annunciation (Chiesa dell’Annunciazione di Maria), which contains interesting altar pieces of the sixteenth-century . Near the building there is the Church of Addolorata, which inside preserves a beautiful tabernacle and the baptismal font of the destroyed baptistry. From the square you can admire the beautiful town hall, a large columned loggia and the clock tower. Across the square, a vaulted passage under the beautiful palace Pivetta and under another arch, is the beginning of a picturesque dirt road that goes through high stonewalls to the below village of Puner, retracing the ancient road of via karera, that came up to theancient Roman castrum. Near the town of Mel, a major site of the Iron Age was localized, in a strategic position to control the valley of the Piave river, where magnificent tomb tools have been found, and now they are exhibited in the wonderful seventeenth-century Palazzo delle Contesse, seat of the Archaeological Museum of the city.

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