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The Piave River
The sources of the river Piave are located in the province of Belluno, on the foothills of the mountain Peralba at 2037 meters a.s.l.; its overall length is about of 220 km and it arrives until the territory of Treviso reaching the municipalities of Segusino, Valdobbiadene, Vidor, Nervesa, Cimadolmo, Mareno, Spresiano, Maserada, San Biagio di Callalta and Ponte di Piave.


The river is famous in the entire peninsula with the name of “Sacred River to the Homeland”, in memory of the battles fought during the first World War (the first battle of Piave, the battle of Solstice and the battle of Vittorio Veneto 1917/1918).



The actual hydronim is male, but it hasn't been always in this way. The change of gender, from female to male, happened at the end of the first World War when the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, after the first attempt of the poet Carducci, thanks to the Italian victory on this river, decided that the Holy River of Italy had to change article. D'Annunzio had this idea to celebrate the male power of the river that had resisted to the enemies and Piave was elevated to River Sacred to Homeland.


The lands of Piave's valley, during the war, enchanted also the famous writer Ernest Hemingway and inspired his poetics. Discovering the province of Treviso the great American author has met people, explored places and tried tastes which marked his life and inspire his literary art. Hemingway, member of the American army, operated in the Basso Piave's area for some weeks in the summer of 1918, finding inspiration for his most famous novel, “A farewell to arms”.



Today the river Piave represents one of the most important and interesting fluvial ecosystem of the Italian territory and of the entire European continent; its course constitutes a very considerable natural and environmental heritage, with more than 1000 hectares of protected forest, 13 bonded rivers, 4 Sites with Communitary Importance, 3 protected zones for the safeguard of birds, 8 bio-types, hundreds of flora and fauna species, between which there are 18 species of orchids.
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