In this chapter we discuss one of the most characteristic villages of all the Dolomites, a native town of the great Tiziano, Pieve di Cadore.
Pieve di Cadore, the main town and most notable historical-artistic center of Cadore, rises on a hilly promontory to the right of the Piave river, is forty kilometers north-east of Belluno and, towards the north-west, it reaches up to the slopes of Monte Antelao, called the "King of the Dolomites" which with its 3264 meters of height is the second highest peak in the Dolomites World Heritage Site.
The first records date back to the protohistoric era, which we still find today in the archaeological and naturalistic site on the western shore of Lake Cadore, where the ancient Venetians around the sixth century BC, practiced the cult of the waters. These areas, rich in thermal springs and streams hidden among the conifers, were considered sacred for therapeutic powers, even in Roman times, so as to transform the whole area into a pagan sanctuary.
In this city was born the glory of Venice and symbol of the Renaissance, master with Giorgione of tonal color, Tiziano Vecellio. The sixteenth-century Titian's birthplace is a typical Cadore building of bygone days, which today houses a museum. Between these walls the great painter was born in 1485, an innovative and multifaceted artist, who knew how to best interpret the peculiarities that make Venetian painting unique: color, sensitivity to light and landscape, a joyful spiritual and carnal participation in beauty and to nature. The frame of the mountains, which the painter had in his eyes since he was a child, will emerge in many of his paintings, for example in the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, kept at the Accademia Galleries in Venice.
Worth seeing is la Festa dei Zater, in Perarolo di Cadore at the end of July, that is an event that wants to recall the ancient craft of the raftsmen who, for centuries, have plowed through the river Piave up to Venice to deliver their cargo. In addition to the costume re-enactment, musical events, theater comedies, typical gastronomy and workshops for children are also provided.
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