History | The origin of the human settlement in the territory of today’s Valdobbiadene dates back to about forty thousand years ago: in fact numerous artifacts have been found which attest to a continuous human presence from the Mousterian age to the Bronze Age but, to find documents that can be placed historically, we must wait for the year 1116, when the Emperor Henry V, who arrived in Treviso to resolve the usual controversies of the city and rural communities, received the “notable” representatives of the territory in an extraordinary audience and defined its borders permanently. The country is crossed by continuous struggles and, about forty years later, passes in awe to Treviso until the date of 1178, after which it is occupied by the Ezzelini until 1260, when it returns under the jurisdiction of Treviso. Constantly crossed by struggles and depredations, around the middle of the 14th century it fell under Venetian domination: thus ending feudalism and, while respecting the political power of the Serenissima, Valdobbiadene, divided into its fifteen rural communities (so-called “Rules” ), obtains a semblance of autonomy with the self-government of Merighi, democratically elected men in the heads of the family. With the arrival of Napoleon and then, with the Austrian domination, the Rules disappear and the Municipalities arise, first three, then two: Valdobbiadene, San Pietro di Barbozza and Bigolino, which survives only a few years (later also San Pietro di Barbozza will be incorporated into the Municipality of Valdobbiadene). The nascent bourgeoisie made up of merchants, notaries, landowners who have acquired the lands of the Venetian nobility and who have political power in their hands, embellish the square with palaces. The silk industry developed by the Piva family. During the First World War the territory is subject to heavy bombing and is evacuated. With the return and reconstruction, the wine cultivation develops, up to the successes of today. Source: Comune di Valdobbiadene, with historical research by Prof. Giancarlo Follador..