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The first human settlements on this zone date back to the pre-roman period, when fortified areas ( "castellieri" ) were built up by the Celts, the Gauls and the Carnics, who were the former inhabitants of this region. After some crossings with the Venets it was the turn of the Romans, who introduced the so called " centuriazione ", or the geometric splitting of the cultivable territory in many allotments of the same extension, which were granted to the soldiers ( centurions ) in accordance with planned rules. Heritage from the times is also the praedial toponymy, through which the places took the name of the landlord. Today we can see many examples of toponymies and Aviano as well consists of the suffix "anum" (in latin meaning "belonging to") added to the roman family name "Avilius".

When in the V century A.C. the Romans were pushed out by the Goths and the Longobards, the Christian faith started to lay its foundations in the countryside through the first parish churches, called "pievi", acting as evangelization centres as well as strongholds of culture and linguistic innovation.
The castle of Aviano was erected after the savage raids of the Hungarians (X century A.C.). It represented the leading place of the area, around which the rural communities started building their own fortifications known as "cortine" or "cente" in order to defend themselves.

Aviano:altare ligneo

These fortified farms were perfect little castles with thick walls and bars on the windows, useful for giving shelter to people and animals and for storing food and hiding treasures during the raids carried out by nomadic tribes. Today, examples of this typical architecture can be seen almost everywhere in the Pedemontana area.
Aviano:croce di ferro
At the beginning of the XV century Aviano fell under the rule of Venice, lasting about four centuries till the end of the " Serenissima " republic in 1797. During this period Aviano and all the Friuli sufferedtwo raids by the Turks in 1477 and 1499, which left heavy damages and loss of people. Probably also for this reason two centuries later an illustrius citizen of Aviano, raised to the altars with the name of Saint Marco D'Aviano, took an important part to the struggle leading to the final defeat of the Turks at Kahlenberg in 1683. Afterwards, Aviano was ruled by the French before being absorbed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire till 1866, when the region of Friuli was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.
Today, after the end of monarchy in 1946, Aviano is a town of the self governing region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The territory around Aviano is characterized by valuable examples of expressive countryfolk architecture, so called "spontaneus".
Interesting artistic works are preserved in many holy places, such as the Pieve of Aviano, the Church of San Giorgio and the Church of Santa Giuliana, both in Castel d'Aviano (a burgh of the town).

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Worth seeing for its splendid location, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte ( Lady of the Mountain ) stands out of the hills. The church, harmonious in its classical style, was built to commemorate the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a peasant, such Antonio Zamparo, on 8th September 1510
chiesa del monte

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