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Meolo

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The name derives from the Latin word "meta" (destination), from which comes "metulus" with the meaning of "dosso" (hump). Meolo is a municipality in the province of Venice, situated on the border with the province of Treviso, in a flat fertile area of alluvial origin, located between the rivers Piave and Sile. The territory is crossed a stream that has the same name.
The discovery of prehistoric artifacts attest that the area was inhabited since the Bronze Age, while the first permanent settlement was built by the Romans, who settled here around between the II and the III century A.D., and colonized the local population and peacefully lived together with them. The Romans modified the course of the rivers, and built important roads connections between the most important centre of the times. The true development of the centre, both economically and population, was recorded in the Middle Ages, when it was granted, by King Berengar, around year 1000, to the Patriarchs of Aquileia. It later became a possession of the Ezzelini, until in the second half of the XIII century, the town submitted several attacks and was seriously damaged by troops of the Da Camino, the Della Scala, the Venetians and the Carraresi. Under the domain of the Serenissima Republic, throughout the XV century, the centre experienced a period of great prosperity and was enriched the construction of important nobles villas.

Attractions:
- the Church of St. John the Baptist, in Romanesque style, which features three naves separated by arches supported by massive columns, a semicircular apse and several side chapels. The ceiling of the sanctuary is decorated with XVIII century frescoes by the artist Tiepolo and inside the building preserves a beautiful marble altar erected by Baratta with six altarpieces, two of which are works of the artist Morelli, while the others, dating from the XIX century, are of various artists. The building is flanked by a Bell Tower in Renaissance style;
- the Pavanello Center, a permanent exhibition of images documenting the surrounding territories land and the lifestyle in this part of the Veneto region;
- the XV century Palazzo Cappello which features a superb stone lodge with a series of mullioned windows. Today it is the seat of the Town Hall;
- Casa Vio, which features a typical two-tone diamond pattern decoration on the façade and a frescoed porch;
- the XVIII century Villa Dreina delle Colonne;
- Villa Folco Dreina.

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