WHAT TO SEE IN BELLUNO? HERE IS OUR GUIDE

What to See in Belluno

The complete guide with our tips for visiting Belluno and its surroundings.

The territory of Belluno is a treasure chest of rare beauty where history, art and traditions of the past and beyond intertwine. Belluno mountains preserve real naturalistic treasures and offer the possibility of practicing many hikes and outdoor activities. Are you curious? So let’s discover this precious heritage together.

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WHAT TO SEE IN BELLUNO

WHAT TO DO IN BELLUNO

WHAT TO SEE NEAR BELLUNO

Belluno mountains are the ideal destination for nature and sport lovers. There are many opportunities for mountain biking, horse riding, via ferrata and hiking enthusiasts. In particular, Belluno foothills area, being not only close to Dolomites, but including the southernmost area as well as a good part of Belluno Dolomites National Park, offers paths for all tastes, from pleasant and relaxing walks without the pretense of high altitude, to routes intended for a more sporty and daring hiker. Furthermore, the presence of numerous waterways such as the Mis and Cordevole, tributaries of the Piave river, offer various possibilities for the most passionate rowing and rafting enthusiasts.

Even the winter season finds the terrain ready for various activities. In fact, there are various ski lifts with challenging, medium and easy slopes, toboggan runs for children, and cross-country skiing routes.

But not only nature contributes to making this area interesting, even culture and history have not passed without leaving traces: the ancient Via Claudia Augusta Altinate of which stretches and milestones can still be seen, Zumelle Castle and that of Alboino up to the very centers of the cities of Belluno and Feltre which bear clear signs of their past.

WHAT TO SEE IN BELLUNO?

Belluno, located on a triangular plain delimited by Piave river and Ardo torrent, has developed thanks to its strategic position and the contribution of the two waterways which with their action have formed two defensive slopes to the south east and south west and contributed to the economic development of the entire area: Piave river as a means of transporting wood to Venice, Ardo the tireless engine that powered the forges of Fisterre, where the best swords in Veneto were forged.

A place that has never lost sight of its origins and historical traditions also thanks to the warning of its majestic and silent mountains. So let’s find out what to see in Belluno to retrace its thousand-year history.

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THE HEART OF CITY LIFE

The beating heart of this city is Piazza delle Erbe, also called Piazza Mercato. It is surrounded by wonderful buildings such as Monte di Pietà, dating back to the beginning of the 16th century and built thanks to the preaching of the Servite friar Elias from Brescia. On the façade you can still observe the symbol of the Mount today, that is, a stone “Pietà” of the German school, while in the adjoining Beata Vergine della Salute church, there are important works by Andrea Brustolon and Leonardo Ridolfi.

The splendid Loggia dei Ghibellini also overlooks the square, built in 1471 at the behest of the Costantini family from Cadore. It was the place where the Ghibellines met and in 1509, during the Cambraic wars, it hosted the Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg.

Another place in which to observe the life that flows through the streets and buildings of the city is Piazza dei Martiri, which we can define as the “living room” of Belluno. Once upon a time this square, located outside the walls, was called Campitello to indicate the area where markets, fairs, parades and tournaments took place. Starting from 3rd June 1945, to remember a tragic event that occurred during the Resistance, the hanging of four patriots, the old name was replaced with the current one.

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BELLUNO AND ITS WALLS

In the past, Belluno was protected by high walls, equipped with towers, keeps and even a castle. As evidence of this defensive system, even today, we can admire the ancient accesses to the city. Among these, Porta Rugo, which allowed passage from the ancient river port of Borgo Piave and in the past was crossed by illustrious figures such as the first Venetian rector, Antonio Moro, in 1404, and the Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg in 1509.

We then find Porta Dante, built in its current appearance in 1865, to celebrate the end of the Habsburg domination in Belluno, a patriotic symbol of the conquered Italian cultural unity. In reality, it took the place of a previous seventeenth-century access, Porta Reniera, named after the Venetian rector Daniele Renier, which in turn had replaced an ancient posterla, or a service opening.

The emblem of the ancient city walls is certainly Torrione, a corner tower whose medieval name, Dollone or “Dojon”, had given its name to the entire fortified complex and to the Doglioni family from Belluno. Its construction began in 1481 at the behest of the Venetian rector Perazzo Malipiero, and was concluded in 1489 by Luca Foscarini.

Next to the tower stands Porta Dojona. A curiosity linked to this door concerns the internal arch, built by Vecello da Cusighe for the bishop-count Adalgerio da Vili Alta in 1289. As evidence of this intervention, in fact, a stone slab can still be seen today, walled in above the arch, which is the oldest reproduction of the city coat of arms.

BELLUNO AND ITS FOUNTAINS

A unique way to retrace the history of Belluno is to discover its fountains, elements that played an important role in the life of the city. If we also include those that arise in the hamlets there are around 270!

One of the most significant is the fourteenth-century fountain of San Lucano, located in Piazza delle Erbe, with the characteristic spindle shape of the Belluno fountains. The choice to dedicate it to San Lucano is not accidental. In fact, this saint together with San Martino and San Gioatà is one of the three patron saints of the city.

Also not to be missed are the fountain of S. Maria Dei Battuti, dating back to 1800, located in the small square of the same name, the wall fountain of Motta, built in Piazza San Lucano between 1561 and 1562 and the fifteenth-century fountain of San Gioatà, located in Cathedral Square.

A certainly unique way to discover important pieces of this city’s past.

 

BELLUNO AND THE RAFTSMEN

The city is crossed by the Piave river, once an important communication route. For centuries, in fact, the raftsmen brought the wood that Venice needed into the lagoon, coming down from Cadore.

From the woods the logs were marked with the owner’s sign and sent towards the river. In the first stretch up to Perarolo, they were made to flow freely on the water until they were blocked at the height of the “cidolo”, a sort of artificial lock. Here they were harpooned, sorted and gathered into groups to then be delivered to the binders, men in charge of forming the rafts.

Some stops were made along the way. In Codissago, they were handed over to a second group of rafters who took them to Belluno, where all the rafts had the obligation to stop for a whole night. From this point, where the river continues calmer, other material could be loaded: goods, livestock and even passengers. The following morning the rafts moved towards Venice Lagoon.

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To discover this interesting parenthesis in the history of Belluno, we recommend visiting Borgo Piave, where the rafts once moored.

After passing the arch of the stone bridge you reach the church dedicated to San Nicolò, protector of raftsmen. It was rebuilt in 1861 on a previous building from 1547 which in turn replaced the previous fourteenth-century structure. On the façade you can observe epigraphs dedicated to the bridge over the Piave river built in 1568 and to the hydraulic defense interventions carried out in 1622. A little further on, going up a staircase you reach the Via Uniera dei Zatér, which also bears witness to the important role that the Piave river has played over the centuries.

 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ILLUSTRIOUS PEOPLE

Another way to get to know this city is to retrace the footsteps of the characters who have left an indelible mark on its history, art and culture, first of all Dino Buzzati, writer, journalist and painter of the last century, but also great artists of the passed as Sebastiano Ricci.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DINO BUZZATI

“The strongest impressions I had as a child belong to the land where I was born, the Belluno valley, the wild mountains that surround it and the very nearby Dolomites”. This is what Dino Buzzati wrote about the area surrounding Belluno, his hometown.

Buzzati‘s words perfectly describe the atmosphere in these valleys: “There are valleys here that I have never seen anywhere else. Instead they exist: with the same solitude, the same unlikely cliffs half hidden by trees and bushes dangling over the abyss, the waterfalls. Mis valley for example with its side valleys that enter into a tangle of wild and inglorious mountains, where only one madman passes every three hundred years, not cheerful, if you like, rather grim perhaps, and gloomy. Yet moving for the stories they tell, for the air of other centuries, for the solitude comparable to that of the deserts”.

So why not discover, step by step, the beauty of this area by following in the footsteps of those who loved it so much. Right on the outskirts of Belluno, in the locality of Anconetta, is Villa Buzzati, the writer’s home and summer residence. It stands on a previous sixteenth-century building of the Sacello family, extinct in 1735. The current complex was built in the early nineteenth century, with neo-Gothic additions at the end of the century.

To remember the writer, the city has created an itinerary in his honor. But this is not the only path dedicated to this great artist. A path, which starts from Limana, leads to the discovery of the places that were a source of inspiration for his works, first of all “The miracles of Morel Valley”.

SEBASTIANO RICCI

It should not be forgotten that Belluno was the birthplace of the famous painter Sebastiano Ricci, who was born here in 1659. In the seventeenth-century Palazzo dei Giuristi, now the Civic Museum, you can admire the art gallery of Venetian art from the fourteenth century, in which the paintings that Sebastiano Ricci created for Palazzo Fulcis. A curiosity concerns the surname of the artist which initially until the 20th century was Rizzi and not Ricci, a Tuscan hypercorrectism of a surname still widespread in central-northern Italy.

PLACES OF DEVOTION

Another way to visit Belluno is to embark on a journey between art and faith. So let’s discover the most interesting religious buildings in the city together.

ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL

In 548 there already existed a sacred building, probably early Christian, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours.

Over time the structure underwent several renovations until 1471 when a fire forced the Cathedral to be rebuilt, which previously had its façade facing the Piave river.

The new structure was built starting in 1517, based on a design by Tullio Lombardo, and was gradually enriched over the centuries.

In 1732 the baroque bell tower with the characteristic “onion” dome and angel was built.

Inside you can admire the works of Jacopo Da Ponte, Cesare Vecellio, Andrea Meldolla known as Lo Schiavone and other artists. Furthermore, the crypt preserves the altar consisting of the fourteenth-century sarcophagus of the Avoscano family and the polyptych of San Martino.

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ST. PETER’S CHURCH

This church was built by the Franciscans in 1326, after their first arrival in Belluno. In the eighteenth century, due to the damage caused by an earthquake, it was demolished and rebuilt according to a design by the minor friar Ludovico Pagani. The current building dates back to 1882 while the “Gothic chapel” now included in the Gregorian Seminary remains of the fourteenth-century structure. Inside there are great works by Sebastiano Ricci such as the frescoes of the Fulcis Chapel and the altarpiece of the main altar and by the artists Andrea Meldolli known as Lo Schiavone and Andrea Brustolon.

SAN STEFANO CHURCH

This church was built in the second half of the fifteenth century by Comacine masters at the behest of the Servites in the place where a previous religious building stood, of which a mortuary epigraph in the vernacular from 1349 remains. Of notable interest is the Cesa Chapel, dating back to 1485, which inside there is a sixteenth-century altar, one of a kind. The work, attributed to the Belluno painter Matteo Cesa, bears the coat of arms of the Cesa family. A curiosity concerns the bell tower which has a large clock with the original stone dial divided into 24 hours, in the German style of the 16th century.

SAN ROCCO CHURCH

This religious building was erected in the sixteenth century by citizen vote against the plague. Between 1605 and 1769 it was officiated by the Capuchins together with the convent behind it, which after its closure during the Napoleonic era in 1806, passed into state ownership and was purchased by Countess Elisabetta Agosti in 1856. The church was reopened in 1860 and the convent was intended to orphanage by Don Antonio Sperti. The institute was then entrusted together with the church to the Salesians from 1924 to 1957. It preserves valuable works by various artists such as Gaspare Diziani, Luigi Cima, Luigi Speranza, Valentino Panciera Besarel and Antonio Duodo.

SAN FERMO CHURCH

This church is located in the hamlet of the same name, on the outskirts of the city and is one of the jewels of Valbelluna. It was enlarged in its current form starting from 1624 on the remains of a previous 6th century building. It has always been a place of great devotion. In fact, it is said that the faithful, placing their heads inside the stone niche under the left side altar, concentrated on prayer thanks to a natural background which, according to tradition, came from a very nearby underground water source.

Among the most famous works there are two plutei dating back to the early Christian era, a rare example of a clothed Madonna, called “of the spasms”, and the golden wooden statue depicting San Fermo, attributed to Matteo Cesa which, until 1996, was brought to procession.

BAPTISTERY

It was built in 1516 on the remains of a previous church dedicated to San Martino. Inside, on the baptismal font, the work S. Giovanni Battista by Andrea Brustolon is preserved.

SAN BIAGIO CHURCH

This is the first church of the Christian community of Belluno, originally dedicated to the Holy Cross of Campestrino. Next to the structure with a Greek cross plan dating back perhaps to the 6th century, there was a hospice which from 1184 until 1793 also served as a lazaret.

CLOISTER OF THE SERVANTS

This cloister was built starting in 1463 to house a community of the order of the Servants of Mary who remained in Belluno until the Napoleonic suppression of 1806.

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CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DEI BATTUTI

The construction of this church began in the 14th century for the Battuti brotherhood, as a place of worship for the adjacent School of the Flagellants. The structure is bordered by a small oak park and from the viewpoint you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Ardo valley.

THE PALACES OF BELLUNO

Even an itinerary dedicated to art and architecture can be a valid alternative to discover the most elegant and refined side of the city.

RED PALACE

The current building was built in the nineteenth century in neo-Gothic style by the architect Giuseppe Segusini from Feltre on the site where the ancient municipal building, known as “la Caminada”, stood. According to historical research, the original palace was adorned with coats of arms and busts of Venetian rectors and preserved frescoes by Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo da Montagnana, and Pomponio Amalteo. Today it houses the Town Hall.

RECTORS’ PALACE

This palace hosted the Venetian rectors who governed Belluno and its territory for almost four hundred years. Built starting in 1409, it was enlarged and remodeled in 1491 by the Venetian rector Maffeo Tiepolo who had a Lombard loggia added. A few years later, an expansion project designed by the Venetian Giovanni Candi, the same author of the Bovolo staircase in Palazzo Contarini in Venice, was adopted but was interrupted several times. The construction was completed in 1536 during the rectorship of Girolamo Rimondi.

BISHOPS’ PALACE

It was originally the fortified palace seat of the bishop-counts erected, according to tradition, at the end of the 12th century by bishop Gerardo de Taccoli. The civic tower preserves the bell to which the Greater City Council met since 1403. In the past the building was equipped with a twin tower, demolished in the sixteenth century to widen the square in front of the Cathedral but there probably must have been a third, as demonstrated by the ancient bishop’s seal which depicted this very building. Formerly the seat of the Court, it is now used as an Auditorium.

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CREPADONA PALACE

It is a sixteenth-century noble palace built by Niccolò Crepadoni by unifying a series of pre-existing buildings, of which the roof terrace perhaps preserves the layout of one of the ancient towers of the city walls. The portico of the courtyard houses the Roman sarcophagus of Flavio Ostilio Sertoriano and his wife Domizia, from the 3rd century, discovered in 1480 during excavation works on the foundations of the bell tower of S. Stefano. Today it is home to the city cultural center and the civic library.

PALACE OF JURISTS

This palace was built in 1664 by the College of Jurists, a body made up of law graduates from the University of Padua. Outside you can admire a row of epigraphs with the coats of arms of the benefactors who left a considerable patrimony under the management of the College with which assistance was provided to numerous categories of needy until the fall of Venice. Today it houses the archaeological section of the Civic Museum.

REVIVISCAR PALACE

This palace was built between the 15th and 16th centuries by the Persico family on a 14th-century tower house that belonged to Gaia da Camino. It subsequently passed into the hands of the historian Giorgio Piloni. It was completely rebuilt in 1941, after a fire in 1933 which devastated the structure, sparing only the facade.

PILONI PALACE

The original nucleus of this palace, built in the mid-16th century on the site of the ancient grammar schools, was built at the behest of Odorico Piloni. Even today, inside, you can admire the cycle of frescoes of the seasons by Cesare Vecellio and the sixteenth-century portraits of the Piloni.

DOGLIONI-DALMAS PALACE

This building was built in the mid-18th century based on a design by the architect Valentino Alpago-Novello for the marriage of Andrea Alpago’s daughter, Marianna, to Matteo Doglioni-Dalmas which took place in 1785. Inside there is a cycle of frescoes dating back to end of the 15th century attributed to Antonio da Tisoi.

PAGANI CESA PALACE

This palace was built in Baroque style at the beginning of the seventeenth century at the behest of the Cesa family, which entered the Council of Nobles in 1547 and became extinct in 1624 and then continued in the Pagani-Cesa branch. The facade bears the family coats of arms. It currently houses the Chamber of Commerce.

FULCIS PALACE

This complex was also renovated around 1776 by the architect Valentino Alpago-Novello, on the occasion of the wedding between Guglielmo Fulcis and the Trentino countess Francesca Migazzi De Waal. The building already contained works by important local and non-local artists, such as the cycle of canvases painted by Sebastiano Ricci for the dressing room of Hercules by Pietro Fulcis. Today it houses the historical-artistic collections of the Civic Museum relating to the period from the 14th to the 19th century.

WHAT TO DO IN BELLUNO? HERE ARE THE EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED

We have seen how Belluno is a true treasure chest of art, history and culture. But this area has much more to offer.

You can embark on a journey of taste among the flavors of typical specialties and local products. Dishes prepared with the fruits of the mountain land, often simple basic ingredients, vegetables, wheat, potatoes, meat, enriched according to the availability of the moment and the imagination of the housewives. The variety is very wide since each valley, sometimes each town, offers particular dishes, a legacy of a more or less auspicious past: pastin, a mixture of unseasoned and processed pork and beef with the addition of salt, pepper, lard and spices, Pan de Belùn, kondize, dried apple puffs, the kondizon, a puree of local apples rolled into puff pastry and dried in the sun.

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Don’t miss a visit to the numerous local farms that produce excellent products such as sponcio corn, Gialét and Lamon beans, Valbelluna barley and Cesiomaggiore potatoes. Not to forget the very rich dairy production of the Belluno area which can be discovered by following the Route of Cheeses and Flavors of Belluno Dolomites. An interesting and “tasty” journey through the highest quality dairy products from local dairies and mountain huts.

For sports lovers there are many opportunities to carry out outdoor activities, from trekking and hiking to Nordic walking, from mountain biking to canyoning and rafting, from climbing to other mountaineering activities.

But the mountains are also the rediscovery of values ​​and customs that are sometimes centuries-old, strongly rooted in the territory and in the people. So why not rediscover traditions, have fun at a folkloristic event, perhaps in period costumes or discover ancient legends and mysteries that speak of fairies, witches, anguàne, mazzarioli, ogres who still roam the woods of these mountains.

 

WHAT TO SEE NEAR BELLUNO? HERE ARE SOME IDEAS

VAL D’ARDO, BUS DEL BUSON AND PONT DE LA MORTIS

For hiking enthusiasts, Ardo valley, whose head is closed by the imposing mass of the Schiara with vertical walls reaching 2565 metres, certainly offers many opportunities. The woods that cover the slopes of the valley have always been an important resource for the local people. Once upon a time, wood was transported by wagon to the cities for noble families. Today these uses have ceased, but the territory is still characterized by the presence of a dense network of routes, some of which have entered the CAI network.

Walking along them you can still notice the signs left by man over the centuries such as dry stone walls, houses, stalls, capitals, fountains, wash houses and calchère to which is added a very rich naturalistic heritage. Among these “Forra dell’Ardo” located between Vial a Mariano with the suggestive “Pont de la Mortis”, the spectacular rocky gorge of the “Bus del Buson”, one of the most interesting geomorphological emergencies in Veneto.

BELLUNO DOLOMITES NATIONAL PARK

Absolutely worth exploring, just outside the city of Belluno, is the Belluno Dolomites National Park. This reserve, which extends for 32 thousand hectares up to the municipality of Zoldo, is a place characterized by an extraordinarily wild nature full of contrasts: deep and mysterious gorges alternate with gentle prairies, massive vertical walls contrast with impenetrable woods. This protected area preserves a naturalistic heritage of immense value such as rare plant species, relics of glacial microfauna and interesting geomorphological phenomena.

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There are numerous routes, including thematic ones, that allow you to explore the Park area. For example, some enter the wild Falcina Valley and the suggestive Mis Valley, a deep and green “split” between the mountains, which houses true masterpieces of nature such as the emerald water pools of Cadini del Brenton and Soffia waterfall. Inside the Park there are also paths of notable historical-archaeological interest such as the one that leads to the discovery of “covoli”, rock shelters that housed small prehistoric communities.

AGORDINO

Agordino corresponds to Cordevole Valley and those of its tributaries: Imperina, Tegnàs, Biois, Bordina, Pettorina, Fiorentina, to name just the most important.

In ancient times this meeting place between different cultures and ethnic expressions gained notoriety for its mining, blacksmithing, agricultural and forestry activities. Worth seeing are Valle Imperina Mines in the area of ​​Rivanonte Agordino and Gosaldo with the Chair Maker Monument and Museum.

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Not only works of man but also of nature. At the foot of Sottoguda, there are the famous “Serrai”, a deep canyon dug over the centuries by glacial erosion and the action of the Pettorina torrent. Near Sottoguda, known for artistic craftsmanship based on wrought iron, is Rocca Pietore, one of the most picturesque villages in the Alto Agordino.

FELTRE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Another place that absolutely deserves a visit is Feltre. This city flaunts its historical ancestry more than Belluno, thanks to its imposing city walls that run at the foot of the Colle delle Capre where the roofs of the oldest buildings compete towards the top where the Alboino castle stands.

Being in a strategic position, it was disputed for a long time, before the year 1000 by the Alans, Lombards and Franks, in the second millennium by various families including those of Carinthia, Bohemia, Hungary and Austria, until it was donated to the Republic of Venice in 1404, an event still celebrated today with the “Palio” event which takes place in August.

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Among the main attractions to see in Feltre we remember Piazza Maggiore, the center of city life until the end of the eighteenth century, Alboino Castle, built in the sixth century by the Lombards on the remains of previous structures of Roman and prehistoric origin and the Sanctuary of SS. Vittore e Corona, built starting from the 11th century on a rocky spur by will of Giovanni da Vidor, veteran of the first crusade.

Not only Feltre but also its surroundings reserve pleasant surprises. For example, in Arsié area there is Corlo Lake with its dizzying inlets and the characteristic Rocca, always busy guarding it. Right near Feltre, divided between the municipalities of Pedavena and Fonzaso, we find Monte Avena, one of the ski areas of Belluno Prealps.

And how can we forget the epic battles fought on Monte Grappa, both in the First and Second World Wars. In addition to the historical aspects that make this massif the “Sacred Mountain of the Homeland”, by traveling along the ancient mule tracks dating back to the war period, it is possible to access a unique heritage of natural beauty and admire truly evocative views. In Seren del Grappa valley, for example, you can admire fojaroi, mountain houses with a characteristic covering of beech branches.

Even the lands of the Lower Feltre area have an irresistible charm. The two banks of Piave river are dotted with small picturesque villages rich in history, traditions and flavours, also affected by the tragic events of the wars, such as Alano di Piave, which after the defeat of Caporetto until the end of the conflict, was transformed into a immense battlefield. Worthy of note is the so-called “Rommel Path”, which retraces the passage of German lieutenant Erwin Rommel with his troops to Campo and Alano mountains.

The traces of history left in the area do not only concern the war. For example, we find Quero Castle, built in 1376 with the functions of a defensive bastion and control of river traffic on the Piave. In fact, a chain stretched between the towers was used to manage the passage of rafts on the river for the control of goods.

An area that enchants not only for its history, but also for the almost wild nature like that found in Schievenin Valley and in Calcino Valley.

THE ENCHANTING VALBELLUNA

Entering the countless paths of Valbelluna means discovering a world that can never be imagined from the outside. The enchanting landscapes of Valpiana, the marvelous Valmorel, a source of inspiration for the writer Dino Buzzati, Pisota waterfall which suddenly appears inside an impressive gorge, the colorful rock stratifications of Brent dell’Art or, again, the unexpected natural rock arch of Val d’Arc, Masiere di Vedana and the spectacular turquoise waters of Blue Cave, are real jewels.

Mountains worthy of being explored also for their picturesque rural settlements, votive capitals with colorful niches, sanctuaries and solitary churches rich in history. In fact, the small foothill churches, like that of San Gottardo, constitute small artistic treasures that contain centuries-old traditions, memories and cultural meanings.

In particularly pleasant places there are monasteries and sanctuaries such as the beautiful Certosa di Vedana, built in the 12th century as a hospice for pilgrims who traveled along the valley leading to the Agordino.

Don’t miss the numerous mountain huts with their delicacies, such as those found along the paths leading to Pian de le Femene and Col Visentin, or the gentle pastures dotted with colorful corollas, such as those of Monte Foral and Pian di Coltura, or even the areas of notable naturalistic interest such as the Laghetti della Rimonta, small bodies of water generated by springs at the confluence of Rimonta torrent with Piave river.

Here too, do not miss the signs left by history, such as Zumelle Castle, built in the 6th century. as a fortification in support of Via Claudia Augusta, or the archaeological area of ”Castelliere di Noal”.

Valbelluna, therefore, is definitely an area worth exploring.

LONGARONE AND VAJONT VALLEY

At the point where Zoldo valley and Piave valley meet, enclosed in a valley delimited by the Friulian Dolomites and Schiara dolomite group, lies Longarone, a town unfortunately known for the Vajont tragedy which struck it in the second half of the twentieth century.

The imposing dam still stands today, among the highest in the world, built between 1957 and 1960 with the aim of containing the waters of the Piave, Maè and Boite but which later proved to be the cause of the most dramatic event that affected the territory. In fact, on 9th October 1963, a part of the overlying Monte Toc poured into the basin dammed by the dam and the result was a violent wave that completely destroyed Longarone and some surrounding towns.

The two characteristic villages of Erto and Casso are worth a visit, declared a national monument for a particular architecture that they have in common. Here too the memory of the Vajont tragedy remains alive thanks to the permanent exhibition set up in the Erto Visitor Center.

NEVEGAL

At the gates of the city of Belluno is the Nevegal chain, a cord of green peaks of prairies and coniferous forests ranging from 100 to 1600 meters, where we can find the ski area of ​​the same name. Nevegal is also known as “The terrace on the Dolomites” for the suggestive panorama that can be enjoyed from here. A true oasis of peace, surrounded by nature.

ALPAGO

Leaving Piave valley, we find Alpago basin, an area that can boast the largest lake in the area, Santa Croce Lake and the famous Cansiglio forest, a plateau at 1000 meters that rises suddenly over the Treviso plains and underlying Friuli, rich in lush coniferous vegetation which gave it the name “Bosco dei Dogi”, since the wood used in the construction of the ships of the fleet of the Serenissima Republic of Venice was taken from it.

ALTE VIE

For those who want to invest a longer and more demanding period, they can try their hand at following the route of one of the eight Alte Vie that touch the most suggestive points of the mountain: the Alta Via n° 1 which goes from Bràies Lake to Belluno, called “Classica ”, the n° 2 which goes from Bressanone to Feltre, called “Delle legendary”, the n° 3 from Villabassa to Longarone, called “Dei Camosci”, the n° 4 from San Candido to Pieve di Cadore “Di Grohmann”, the n° 5 from Sesto in Pusteria to Pieve di Cadore “Di Tiziano”, the n° 6 from the sources of the Piave to Vittorio Veneto “Dei silenzi”, the n° 7 in the footsteps of Patéra in the Alpago Prealps, “Di Patéra ”, and finally the n° 8 from Feltre to Bassano del Grappa called “Degli Eroi”.

Carrying out these hikes requires several days of walking and adequate equipment and knowledge of the mountains, as well as a clear physical commitment, but the resulting satisfaction certainly repays the efforts made.

In this article we have seen that there are many places that can be visited in Belluno and its surroundings. Which one will you start with?

Always remember to bring sustainability in your suitcase, respect the environment and the community that hosts you!

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