The Municipal Park and the Dominu Tower

The Municipal Park and the Dominu Tower

To the rear of the Town Hall is the Dominu Park, where the remains of a pre-Roman necropolis of incineration were found, with some twenty burials arranged in three parallel rows. At the time of their discovery, the baked clay ossuaries held fragments of the deceased’s bones and accompanying symbolic objects, such as fibulae, glass beads and amber for women, and weapons, axes or knives for men. These finds are on display in the Archaeological Museum.

The Longobard cemetery is adjacent to the necropolis.

The Park occupies part of the ancient braida (cultivable land) owned by the Cigolotti lords, merchants who came to Montereale at the beginning of the 17th century from Alto Garda to trade in timber, which was transported by river from the Upper Valcellina to the river ports and to Venice. It was the Cigolotti who had the walls built to protect the braida, with two towers, of which the Dominu tower is still visible.

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Archaeological Museum in Palazzo Toffol
Montereale Valcellina

Archaeological Museum in Palazzo Toffol

The area in which Montereale Valcellina stands has been inhabited for at least three thousand years: the oldest evidence of human settlements dates back to the 14th century B.C., the so-called Bronze Age. Some swords that have re-emerged from the gravel of the Cellina date back to this period, perhaps of a votive nature, linked to the cult of the torrent or of a deity linked to water.

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The Church of San Rocco
Montereale Valcellina

The Church of San Rocco

Outside the inhabited centre, on the road leading to the Ravedis narrows, is the Church of San Rocco, surrounded by the cemetery. This space has been dedicated to religious worship for centuries: not far away, in fact, a small votive altar from the 1st century B.C., dedicated to the river deity Temavus, was found.

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