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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 471 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CASTELFRANCO VENETO, a town and episcopal see of Venetia, Italy, in the province of Treviso, 16 m. W: by rail from the town of Treviso. Pop. (1901) 5220 (town), 12,551 (commune). The older part of the town is square, surrounded by medieval walls and towers constructed by the people of Treviso in 1218 (see CITTADELLA). It was the birthplace of the painter Giorgio Barbarelli (II Giorgione, 1477—1512), and the cathedral contains one of his finest works, the Madonna with SS. Francis and Liberalis (1504), in the background of which the towers of the old town may be seen.
EDMUND CASTELL (16o6-1685)

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We visited this community in May 2006. The walls are great. Nearly all the shops are in a strip mall outside the walls, so it didn't have much charm in that respect. Parking is in a paid lot by the strip mall. The police are very diligent and will hurry over to give you a parking ticket while you are trying to pay the machine, then pretend they don't speak English, but they do when they ask for a bribe to cancel the 35 euro parking ticket. Make sure you leave someone with your car while you go to get your parking sticker.
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