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Fontanelle is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Treviso in the Italian region Veneto, located about 45km north of Venice and about 25km northeast of Treviso. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 5,634 and an area of 35.5km2.The municipality of Fontanelle contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Fontanellette, Lutrano, Vallonto, and Santa Maria del Palù.Fontanelle borders the following municipalities: Codognè, Gaiarine, Mansuè, Oderzo, Ormelle, San Polo di Piave, Vazzola.HistoryOrigins and RomanAs the name suggests, Fontanelle is an area rich in springs and originally housed a rain forest of oaks; prove, among other things, the remains of an old tree nearly 20ft high at Lutra found in 1952.The oldest human traces consist of a few stone tools are now preserved at the Museum of Oderzo. Based on these, it is believed that the territory was crossed by Neolithic hunters from Montello.In Roman times the area was certainly inhabited, given the proximity to municipium Oderzo and the passage of a direct route to Serravalle. Of this period are the remains of pottery, bricks and other material.Middle AgesThe importance of Fontanelle grew during the Middle Ages as the seat of a parish under the diocese of Ceneda and with jurisdiction over the churches of Cimetta Codognè, Fontanellette, and Vallonto Visnà. This organization was merged with that policy, based on villas and Colmello.
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