Later, it was the capital, and seat of the court, of the fiefdom of Asolo, which was granted by the Republic of Venice (to which it belonged) to Caterina Cornaro, the former Queen of Cyprus; in 1489 it was granted to her for life, but in 1509 when the , League of Cambrai conquered and ransacked Asolo, Caterina fled to exile and died in Venice a year later.
In the early Middle Ages Asolo was a possession of the Ezzelino family.
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The town was originally a settlement of the Veneti, and was mentioned as Acelum in the works of Pliny.
Its citizens were inscribed into the Roman tribe, Claudia.