Follina is a small urban center at the foot of the Treviso Prealps and is part of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.
The territory surrounding Follina is rich in history and has given birth to important famines, which have helped to make the history of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
The discovery of some finds that date back 120,000 years tells us that civilization made its appearance in Follina already in prehistoric times.
Instead, they are from the Roman era the remains of.C a route that someone identified with the Via Claudia Augusta Altinate, an important military road built in the first half of the first century AD, to connect the Po Valley with Bavaria, up to the Danube.
The most important period in follina’s history is linked to the Cistercian abbey when, thanks to the work of the monks, follina was ratasized the processing of wool. The textile sector prospered for centuries, reaching its peak from the 17th century.
Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria was built in 1200 and is the true spiritual heart of Follina. According to tradition, the Benedictines miraculously found in the vicinity of Follina a stone statue depicting the Madonna and Child, presumed dating back to the 7th century. The construction of the cloister, pre-basilica in age and now perfectly preserved, was completed in 1268, when the Cistercian monks settled in the monastery.