Ancient paleovenetian origins and municipium in Roman times

Among the beautiful medieval and renaissance architecture of the ancient town of Treviso, Oderzo reveals fragments of the glory of Opitergium, the renowned Roman Municipality.

The traces of the glorious past make up one of the oldest archaeological museums of Italy that was founded in 1876 and found in the open barn of Palazzo Foscolo. Here finds from pre-Roman, Roman and Late Antique ages can be found.

The sixteenth-century building is also home to the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery and Picture Gallery named after Alberto Martini, an artist from Oderzo.

The allure of discovering the ancient origins of Oderzo does not end here. There are four archeological sites that are breath-taking (guides that are licensed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Veneto need to be booked for these tours).

These are the areas of the Roman Forum, with its forensic remains and a large "domus" and Via dei Mosaici, which takes its name from the ancient mosaic floor of some houses. Between Piazza Grande and Piazza Castello there is a tunnel through which tourists can see the remains of one of the two main axes of the city and a pavement shown on the wall.

However, Oderzo has many other surprises, such as the Duomo of San Giovanni Battista and the ancient Loggia Comunale.

Another surprise is Piazza Grande that is among the most beautiful in the Veneto Region because of its unique shape. Each year this Piazza hosts the famous "Opera in Piazza" Festival that attracts artists and fans from across Europe.

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