SCHIAVON

Schiavon with the hamlet of Longa, two localities a short distance from Marostica and Bassano del Grappa, are characterized by a mainly agricultural and artisanal economy, supported by a network of irrigation canals. These activities are fundamental to the life of the village, along with animal husbandry, which finds advantage in the presence of fertile land and abundant water resources. Local handicrafts include pottery, furniture, shoemaking and construction, contributing to economic diversification.

The history of Schiavon and Longa is rooted in Longobard times and may also date back to Roman settlement, although written historical references are documented only from the 12th century onward. Both centers experienced difficult periods during the struggles between Padua and Verona, but the Republic of Venice brought stability and development. Powerful families such as the Palazzi and Chiericati families settled in the area, building aristocratic residences and obtaining concessions to irrigate fields.

The municipal territory is located on ahigh plain in Vicenza, with flat but not perfectly flat terrain due to the presence of depressions and depressions. Abundant water resources from the Brenta and Astico rivers are critical for agriculture and support a variety of crops. Vegetation is predominantly agriculture-related, with trees along ditches and canals providing shade and habitat for various species.

Housing settlements are mainly concentrated in the towns of Schiavon and Longa, with numerous rural houses and noble villas scattered in the surrounding countryside. The landscape features a wide range of trees, including sycamores, locust trees, elms, poplars, and willows. Irrigation structures, ranging from elevated gullies to ditches, testify to the importance of agriculture in the area.

The local economy is based mainly onagriculture andanimal husbandry, with a strong presence of family businesses producing a variety of handcrafted goods. Distilleria Poli, founded in 1898, is a benchmark for the production of grappa and liqueurs, using local raw materials and keeping the family tradition alive. Their historic structures also house a Grappa Museum, which testifies to the importance of distillation in local culture.

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