Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Links to Maps

Links to Maps and Itineraries

The church of San Nicolò and the Campanile in Perarolo as it exists today

Hi – I’d like to direct you in this post to some beautifully presented web pages designed by Pierluigi Artico.  As well as presenting much interesting information concerning the Veneto region (Venetia in the 19th C) there are some lovely maps to view.  When writing my book The Door of Perarolo I took the decision not to include maps.  Instead I opted to let Fortin and his horse Éclair take the reader with them on their journey from Venice up the Piave valley to Longarone.  Hopefully, the reader builds up a mental map as a result of following this journey.

If you click on ‘Maps and Itineraries’ under Useful links on this blog and follow link No 6 you will see that the Piave River flows into the Adriatic north of Venice.  The section to river between San Donà and Cortellazzo is called the ‘new’ Piave.  The course of the river Piave (Fiume Piave in Italian – hence F. Piave on maps) was diverted centuries ago to reduce the depositing of silt in the lagoon around Venice.  The old course of the river is the Piave Vecchia, marked as such on the map.  In chapter 2 of the book, Fortin leaves Éclair at Musile (a place for the stabling of animals, nowadays absorbed into the modern city of San Donà) and travels to Venice (Venezia) via the Piave Vecchia.

Looking further north up the Piave valley (Map 5) you can find Nervesa (where the opening scenes of the book are set).  Further north still (Map 4) we can see Quero, Feltre and BellunoCapo di Ponte (a place name that occurs several times in the book) nowadays is called Ponte nelli Alpi (Map 3).  Map 2 takes us further north to Longarone, Codissago and Castello Lavazzo (nowadays Castellavazzo).  Map 1 takes us to Perarolo and, further north still, Auronzo. 

That's enough travelling for one post!  I'll write more in the next...

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