|Comune di Fontanelle|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Province of Treviso (TV)|
|Frazioni||Fontanellette, Lutrano, Vallonto, Santa Maria del Palù|
|• Total||35.5 km2 (13.7 sq mi)|
|Population (Dec. 2004)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Fontanelle is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Treviso in the Italian region Veneto, located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Venice and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Treviso. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 5,634 and an area of 35.5 square kilometres (13.7 sq mi).
The municipality of Fontanelle contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Fontanellette, Lutrano, Vallonto, and Santa Maria del Palù.
Origins and Roman
As the name suggests, Fontanelle is an area rich in springs and originally housed a rain forest of oaks; prove, among other things, the remains of an old tree nearly 6 metres (20 ft) high at Lutra found in 1952.
The oldest human traces consist of a few stone tools are now preserved at the Museum of Oderzo. Based on these, it is believed that the territory was crossed by Neolithic hunters from Montello.
In Roman times the area was certainly inhabited, given the proximity to municipium Oderzo and the passage of a direct route to Serravalle. Of this period are the remains of pottery, bricks and other material.
The importance of Fontanelle grew during the Middle Ages as the seat of a parish under the diocese of Ceneda and with jurisdiction over the churches of Cimetta Codognè, Fontanellette, and Vallonto Visnà. This organization was merged with that policy, based on villas and Colmello.
This period was also organized a fraternity of Flagellants, modeled on that of Oderzo founded in 1313.
According to some sources in Fontanelle was a castle, with localization to the north-west of the capital.
Republic of Venice
With the arrival of the Venetian Republic, Fontanelle was confirmed feud of Porcia, themselves vassals of the Patriarchate of Aquileia.
Before World War II
The invasion of the Austro-Hungarian troops took place on November 8, 1917.Il day of liberation was October 31.
Fontanelle is twinned with:
- Auterive, Haute-Garonne, France
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.