Attractions

  • Belluno

    Address:
    Belluno, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    BELLUNO

    The historical centre of this alpine town in the gates of the Dolomites is small and intense, turn it around walking is like a journey in silent enchantment timeless, where to find the splendor today a little disused, of the Most Serene Republic of Venice. From Piazza Martiri enter in the historic centre through Porta Dojona and reach Piazza del Mercato (also known as Piazza delle Erbe) overlooked by houses and palaces, with their portals, the gothic triforiums and renaissance, the windows surrounded in stone. An unreal atmosphere will welcome you, very different from the movement that swarms the edges of the old city, in the multitude of hamlets and on the roads that connect the main town to neighboring municipalities. If you want to watch Belluno from above, with the dolomite group of the Schiara that frames it to the north, climb up on the Nevegàl hill: the view sweeps over the peaks, on the Alpago Plateau, on the Piave river that flows along the Valbelluna, with the eye that already creeps into the furrows of the mountain valleys as far south as the sea. It is not a negligible detail that in the rankings drawn up by Legambiente, between 2007 and 2010, the city was ranked first between all the Italian provincial capitals for sustainability of the urban ecosystem.

    History

    In the fifth century B.C. paleovite populations and Celtic settled in this patch of plain close to the alpine valleys. Looks like it was the Celts themselves who coined the name Belodonum, from the meaning of 'luminous high ground'. From Pliny the Elder we know that in II century B.C. allied with Rome and became municipium Roman. In medieval times Belluno experienced continuous and traumatic passages of warlike populations until, with Brass the Great One (973), became a fiefdom of the Convasive until the birth of the free commune. From the middle of the 12th century the communal freedoms will in turn give way to the lordships, with the houses of Ezzelini and Visconti that they'll do their part here, each one practicing the power with ferocity, the others with oppression cheap. Overwhelmed by the continuous wars, and their tragic side dish of famine and pestilence, in 1404 Belluno took advantage of a power vacuum and chose to hand himself over to Venice, under whose rule would flourish for almost four hundred years, until 1797, when the Napoleonic parenthesis opened. The French were joined by the Habsburgs who dominated until the sale of the Veneto to the Kingdom of Italy: it was 1866. During the first world war the mountains of Belluno were theater of bitter battles, in particular on the so-called 'dolomite front' which ran between Agordino and Ampezzano. Although the city was not on the front line, it was however at the centre of the rear, with the assistance committee civilian committed to providing subsidies to families and soldiers. An important rescue, ...which unfortunately is only conveyed to the urban area, with the countryside left to its own devices. The the balance sheet at the end of the Great War was very heavy: about five thousand people died of hunger or sickness. In the second war world, after September 8, 1943, Belluno distinguished itself as a partisan city and in 1947 she was awarded the gold medal for bravery military for the Resistance.

  • National Park of the Belluno Dolomites

    Address:
    National Park of the Belluno Dolomites, Belluno, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    The Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is a national park in the province of Belluno, Veneto, in the northern Italy. Established in 1988, the national park is included in the section "Pale di San Martino - San Lucano - Dolomiti Bellunesi - Vette Feltrine" of the Dolomites declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009.

  • Lake of Santa Croce

    Address:
    Lago di Santa Croce, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    Alpago and Cansiglio
    For the people of Belluno, the Alpago is a bit like the backyard, where we can take a quick trip, in winter with skis or snowshoes on your feet because, unlike anywhere else, snow does not never misses; in the summer, instead, to take the coolness at the Lake of Santa Croce or the fine air going up to the shelters and the Cansiglio Plateau.
    The Alpago is like a natural shell, one of the most treasure chest of meadows and woods, hills and slopes that rise from the Lake of Santa Croce to overlap and close in the rocky semicircle of the Carnic Pre-Alps, on the border with Friuli Venezia Giulia. To those arriving from the south through the Sella di Fadalto, or from the southwest descending from Nevegal, the vision of the hollow gives an impression of striking sunshine.
    From the lake towards the interior and higher up, along the road leading to the plateau and the Forest of the Cansiglio, are scattered the five main countries, with their matrix names Longobards evoking archaic times: Puos, a simple and ancient village, Chies, enchanting small village in the furrow of the crossed Tesa torrent by a dense network of routes and location of the Natural History Museum of Alpago (0437 47 03 09, 340 844 53 23; www.museochies.it; Viale Manzoni 215; h16-19 sat, 16-20 monday only in the summer, 15-18 Sunday 25 Apr-29 May and 2 Oct-18 Dec, otherwise by reservation; free offer). Farra that overlooking Lake Santa Croce. The lake is a real lung, and the afternoon wind that
    south to north spiral makes it a popular destination especially by those who like to go sailing or windsurfing and kitesurfing, but also from who's just looking for a little refreshment
    the summer heat or relax on the lawn of its northern shore. And since the waters are rich in fish (carp, pikes, perch, perch, etc..trout, eels...) sport fishing attractsa lot of fans that in the summertime punctuate the lake with their little boats. Who instead prefers to keep his feet on the ground can walk or cycle along the paths of the naturalistic oasis which is located on the northeastern shore, where it is not uncommon meet some adventurous guy who's been through the Alps direct to Venice on the Cyclovia of Friendship (see reading p397). In Pieve you can visit the beautiful Church du Garna and Villa Falin. Tambre in 2015 hosted the World Ski Championships and every year he organizes the Transcavallo,
    international ski mountaineering team competition. The house of thebooks (%041 528 56 94; www.liviodemarchi.com) by the Venetian sculptor Livio De Marchi, where hundreds of volumes are set in the walls, tables and chairs are shaped like
     

  • Misurina

    Address:
    Misurina, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    Thanks to its crystal clear waters and the imposing mountains that surround it, Lake Misurina is also nicknamed the "Pearl of Cadore". In addition to Piz Popena, Cristallino d'Ampezzo, Monte Piana, Marmarole and Sorapiss, in the background of this glacial lake there are also the majestic Tre Cime.

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo

    Address:
    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    THE QUEEN OF THE DOLOMITES
    Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town that can boast a millenary history and a long tradition in tourism. Today it looks to the future with optimism also thanks to the awarding of the World Alpine Ski Championships in 2021 and the Olympics Milano-Cortina 2026.

  • Passo San Boldo

    Address:
    Passo San Boldo, Cison di Valmarino, Province of Treviso, Italy .

    Passo San Boldo is a pass that connects the two sides of the central Belluno pre-Alps, Valmareno, in the province of Treviso, and Valbelluna, in the province of Belluno. My advice is to organize your motorbike tour along Passo San Boldo starting from Valmareno and then going towards Sedico and the Belluno Dolomites. 
    The road is narrow and one-way alternating, regulated by a rather slow traffic light. Waiting for the green light can take more than a few minutes so it might be useful to switch off your bike while waiting. 
    The ascent of Passo San Boldo is not a road to drive, but it is a road to enjoy looking around through the visor of your helmet. On the side of the Valmareno valley the view from the bottom of the valley towards the pass and the view from the top of the ascent to the valley are really very suggestive, with a narrow snake of bends that slips into the mountain climbing with hairpin bends carved into the rock. The descent towards Sedico, on the other hand, is soft and easy to drive. 

  • Asolo

    Address:
    Asolo, Province of Treviso, Italy .

    The village of Asolo is a treasure chest of history, art and culture. Set in a suggestive natural setting, between the Venetian plain and the Asolo Hills, it has been considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy by the Touring Club. The disarming beauty of its landscapes inspired the poet Giosuè Carducci who renamed it the City of the Hundred Horizons. Asolo is also known as the city of the 3 women: Queen Caterina Cornaro who settled there after her exile, the actress Eleonora Duse who chose the peace of Asolo to heal the tormented love with D'Annunzio and the writer Freya Stark, tireless traveler and first example of female emancipation.

    Finally, she agreed on different types of tourists: lovers of long walks in contact with nature, art and culture lovers and those who live the journey as an opportunity to discover the best products of our food and wine. For our readers a short guide to the historical and cultural attractions offered by this splendid village in the Veneto region loved by the stars.

    A walk in the heart of the village of Asolo
    The itinerary starts from the heart of the historic centre, from the square where the Fontana Maggiore, built in the 16th century, stands. Meeting point of the people of Asolo has connections with other important historical monuments: the Roman Aqueduct that until some time ago fed the fountain, the column belonging to a palace of the ancient Roman town hall of Asolo and the Lion of St. Mark made by Antonio Dal Zotto, Venetian sculptor of the late '800.

  • Visit to the Vajont dam

    Address:
    Vajont, Erto e Casso, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The Vajont dam is a dam designed from 1926 to 1958 by engineer Semenza.

    The purpose of the dam was to serve as a seasonal regulating water reservoir for the waters of the Piave river of the Mae' and Boite streams that previously went directly to the basin of the Gallina valley that supplied the large Soverzene power station.

    The waters, removed from their natural course, were thus channelled from the Pieve di Cadore dam (Piave river), the Pontesei dam (Maè torrent) and the Valle di Cadore dam (Boite torrent) to the Vajont basin through kilometres of vibrated reinforced concrete pipes and spectacular Ponti Tubo bridges.

    The Vajont disaster occurred on 9 October 1963. A landslide broke away from Mount Toc and fell into the basin causing a wave that overcame the dam and destroyed the village of Longarone causing 2,000 victims.

    Not to forget, today you can visit the Vajont dam with the help of experienced nature guides. This is not a fun visit, it is important to know. Visiting the Vajont dam today, where the terrible tragedy occurred, is a life experience, which must teach everyone that such things must never happen again.

    When you get to the starting point of the dam to welcome visitors, there is a series of small flags affixed to the fence which acts as a parapet: lots of coloured flags bearing the names of the children who were victims of the tragedy. Really touching.

     

     

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