The Vidor area was settled as far back as the Roman times due to the presence of the Via Claudia Augusta Altinate. During the Middle Ages, Vidor became strategically important, serving as a junction and port along the Piave River; said port was used until 1871. In addition to bringing about the area’s reclamation, the municipality’s significant role prompted the construction of an abbey and a castle; the latter no longer exists today.
Vidor was hit extremely hard during World War I, being located precisely on the Piave front which was occupied by the Central Empires until the end of the conflict. Several important artistic treasures were damaged during the area’s bitter battles, including the church which hosts two altar pieces by Francesco Zugno. The Benedictine Abbey was also badly damaged; it had been built by Giovanni Gravone da Vidor to host the relics of Saint Bona, which he had taken from the Holy Land during the First Crusade.
A part of the Quartier del Piave, the Vidor area is well-known for its wine production and it has been considered a ‘Wine City’ or Città del Vino since 2007. One of the municipality’s most important events includes the ‘Palio di Vidor’, celebrated during the second week of September. This noteworthy race has been held annually since 1997 and it is based on a competition featuring Vidor’s five teams: Colbertaldo, Alnè di sotto, Alnè di sopra, Vidor centro and Bosco. The competition is inspired by a Hungarian assault against the Vidor Castle in the 10th century.
Info: Municipality of Vidor www.comune.vidor.tv.it
Photo: Municipality of Vidor