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San Michele al Tagliamento, Province of Venezia, Veneto

The commune also includes the beach resort of Bibione, and is located at the mouth of the Tagliamento river, along the border with Friuli. It was originally built on a town-planning scheme by architect Angelo Scattolin from Venice.

Info

  • Population: about 11,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 30028
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0432
  • Frazioni & Localities: Bevazzana, Bibione, Cesarolo, Marinella, San Filippo, San Giorgio al Tagliamento-Pozzi, III Bacino, Villanova-Malafesta.
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History - Antiquity and the Middle Ages

In Roman times the area was crossed by Via Annia, linking Rome to Aquileia. The Roman trace can still be seen in the Bibione pinewood, where there are traces of a villa called "Mutteron dei Fratio". In the early Middle Ages the area was a border trade center between Venice and the Byzantine empire, with a garrison post. After the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453 it was reduced to a fishermen's village under the influence of Venice.

History - The 19th Century

In 1797 San Michele al Tagliamento followed the destiny of the Venetian Republic and came under Austrian rule with the Treaty of Campoformio.

During Napoleon's domination (1805-1814) the river divided the town into two municipalities: Latisana (left side) and San Michele (right side). Later on San Michele became an autonomous commune of the the Province of Venice, and became part of the kingdom of Italy in 1866, after the 3rd War of Italian Independence.

History - Modern Times

During the First World War, after the Italian defeat at Caporetto, San Michele was occupied for a whole year by the Austrian-Hungarian troops, who sacked everything possible, even the bells of the parish church, burning and destroying all that could not be brought away.

A still more tragic devastation, however, took place from 14 may 1944 to 1 May 1945, with dozens of allied air raids that almost razed to the ground the historical center, for which San Michele al Tagliamento was called the Cassino of Northern Italy.

What to see

  • Villa Ivancich, a magnificent Renaissance mansion of the Mocenigo family, where Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound were guests, almost destroyed in WW2 in the bombings aimed at the bridges on the river.
  • Bibione, with a wide, 8-km long beach of golden, extremely fine sand, stretching over 300 meters into the hinterland.