San Donà di Piave

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San Donà di Piave
Città di San Donà di Piave
Historic centre
Historic centre
Coat of arms of San Donà di Piave
Coat of arms
San Donà di Piave is located in Italy
San Donà di Piave
San Donà di Piave
Location of San Donà di Piave in Italy
Coordinates: 45°38′N 12°34′E / 45.633°N 12.567°E / 45.633; 12.567Coordinates: 45°38′N 12°34′E / 45.633°N 12.567°E / 45.633; 12.567
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Venice (VE)
Frazioni Calvecchia, Chiesanuova, Cittanova, Fiorentina, Fossà, Grassaga, Isiata, Mussetta di Sopra, Palazzetto, Passarella, Santa Maria di Piave
 • Mayor Andrea Cereser (since 2013) (Democratic Party)
 • Total 78.73 km2 (30.40 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (August 2011)
 • Total 41,826
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym Sandonatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 30027
Dialing code 0421
Twin cities
 • Villeneuve-sur-Lot France
Patron saint Our Lady of the Rosary
Saint day First Monday in October
Website Official website

San Donà di Piave (Italian pronunciation: [san doˈna ddi ˈpjave]; Venetian: San Donà [saŋ doˈna]) is a city and comune of province of Venice, Veneto, northern Italy. It is one of the historical main towns of the Eastern Veneto territory, although it was totally reconstructed in the early 1920s after being heavily damaged during the World War I.


San Donà lies on the river Piave 33.6 km (20.9 mi) from Venice, 26.1 km (16.2 mi) from Treviso, and 26.1 km (16.2 mi) from Pordenone. It bounds the communes of Noventa di Piave, Musile di Piave and Fossalta di Piave, that have become in practice a part of a single urban area, also known as Città del Piave. Besides, San Donà borders on the territories of Jesolo, Eraclea, Ceggia, Torre di Mosto, Cessalto and Salgareda.



The friendship pact[edit]

Seven centuries ago, during the Middle Ages, San Donà and the close village of Musile di Piave were two small communities of the wetland situated north-east of Venetian Lagoon. The "friendship pact" between the two communities combines historical fact and legend. In 1258 (according to the historian Plateo) or in 1383 (according to other scholar) the Piave River changed its course naturally. At that time the river marked the boundary between two dioceses: the Patriarch of Aquileia on the eastern side and the diocese of Torcello (Venice) on the other one. The church of San Donato (Saint Donatus), which was previously on the eastern side of the river Piave, and therefore on the side of San Donà, after the flood was on the western side of the river in the current territory of Musile di Piave. Thus the village of San Donà (whose name is the truncated form of San Donato) lost its identity symbol. Hence the compromise: San Donà kept the name of the saint, but its population must reward that one of Musile with two capons (“gallos eviratos duos”) on August 7 of each year. Moreover the community of Musile retained the right to make the traditional feast in honor of the parish patron saint.

This is the synthesis of "friendship pact": every year on August 7, the payment of tribute is repeated. The tradition has been restored in a rich ceremony with a great attention to the historical details under the patronage of the Veneto Region.

Main sights[edit]

  • Duomo of Blessed Virgin Mary (19th century, rebuilt after the World War I)
  • Church of Saint Charles in Chiesanuova
  • Villa Ancillotto and its ornamental historical park (18th–20th centuries)



  • Museo della Bonifica (Land Reclamation Museum) [1]
  • Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (City Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
  • Parco della Scultura in Architettura (Park of Sculpture in Architecture) [2]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]




Laura Pavan, Lands of Eastern Veneto. Tourism and Cultural Guide, Edicilio Editore, Portogruaro, 2007.

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