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According to Plinio the Elder (Naturalis Historia III, 130) Feltre was founded by the Reti with the cities of Trento and Verona.

Gradually Romanized, Feltria became Municipium optimo jure and in imperial times experienced a remarkable economic and urban development, essential was the closeness to Via Claudia Augusta that connected Altino and the Venetian lagoon towards Trento and Brenner to Augusta Vindelicum (Bavaria).

With time it became an important location for craftsman Associations, centonari (Steelworkers of wool, "centones" are the current felt) and dendrofori (woodsmen, craftsmen, merchants and timber transporters).

In the late Empire we have the spread of Christianity (thanks to San Prosdocimus of Padua).

The Middle Ages: the crisis and the end of empire gave the  inizialization to invasions by the Huns and Goths who made decay the city.

During the Lombard supremacy, Feltre was aggregated to the Duchy of Ceneda. From that period there are traces of the manor house and the toponym Farra fraction (from "Fara" camp).

The city was later the Franks of CarloMagno that return a territorial central role and autonomy.

From CarloMagno  to the fourteenth century, while  the episcopal power was  more and more affirmed, in Feltre the Bishop was the head of a Comitatus (County) quite extensive and includes in addition to the current Feltre also the valleys of Primiero, Tesino, Valsugana until Pergine.

During the thirteenth and fourteenth century Feltre was involved in the tragic events related to the Da Romano (Ezzellino) finally ending up under the  power of the DA Camino.

After them ,the Carraresi (1315-1337) the Scaligeri of Verona and the Visconti from Milan were following.

In 1404 the death of the Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Feltre was  no longer able to protect itself from the aim of Carrara, preferred to follow the example of Vicenza and submit themselves to the rule of the Republic of Venice.

The Venetian age Feltre offered to a state of peace and prosperity.

In 1509, during the Cambrian War, the city was almost entirely destroyed by the troops of Emperor Maximilian I, who as head of the League of Cambrai, came to Italy to fight the Serenissima.

At the end of the conflict Feltre was rebuilt with cultural and aesthetic canons of the Renaissance.

Since 1600 we have a decay of the city, the Venetian crisis also came to Feltre and the local production of raw wool, wood and iron entered the critical phase, with consequent economic malaise.

1797 fall of Venice: the felt is invaded by the french under Napoleon (chiseling tombstones in the city) occupied by the Austrians in 1798, after the treaty of Campo Formio becomes part of the Kingdom of Italy, with its capital in Milan.

After the Vienna Congress ,Feltre was part of the United Lombardo-Veneto until 1866 ,when it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.


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