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ASOLO (anc. Acelum), a town of Venetia, Italy, in the province
of Treviso, about 19 m. N.W. direct from the town of Treviso,
and some 10 m. E. of Bassanoby road. Pop. (1901) 5847. It is
well situated on a hill, 690 ft. above sea-level. Remains of
Roman baths and of a theatre have been discovered in the
course of excavation (Notizie degli scavi, 1877, 235; 1881, 205;
1882, 289), and the town was probably a municipium. It
became an episcopal see in the 6th century. It was to Asolo
that Catherine Cornaro, queen of Cyprus, retired on her abdication.
Here she was visited by Pietro Bembo, who conceived here
his Dialoghi degli Asolani, and by Andrea Navagero (Naugerius).
Paulus Manutius was born here. The village of Maser is 4½ m. to
the E., and near it is the Villa Giacomelli, erected by Palladio, containing
frescoes by Paolo Veronese, executed in 1566-1568 for Marcantonio
Barbaro of Venice, and ranking among his best works.
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