Belluno panoramic view east Dolomites one of the art cities Veneto region

Belluno art city province capital in the Veneto region

Belluno is an art city, known as the “Little Venice of the mountain”, located in a nice geographic position. Hence on a high natural terrace at the confluence of the Ardo torrent in the Piave river. Anyhow, the city center is well compact with good preservation sites.  Also, we find monuments of the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries. And in addition large panoramic views.

The Piave river

Furthermore, the Piave river descends from the heart of the Dolomites. And here it describes a wide curve to the west, flows between the spurs of the Dolomites to the north and the Prealps to the south. Anyway, the wide furrow of this river that extends then to Feltre takes the name of Val Belluna. And most relevant the green and relaxing landscape makes this town suitable for promenades and quiet excursions.

The Dolomites

Belluno is also the most important city of the east Dolomites reported in the Unesco World Heritage site. Hence the wealth of this region, the wood is the key of the history of these people. Thanks to the river Piave, local rafters supplied Venice with fir trunks for centuries.

The History

Belluno was an independent commune in the Middle Ages. Hence the town came under the aegis of the Venetian Republic from the 1404. For sure the best way to visit this place is to have a walk in its historic center. Along Rialto street through the thirteenth century gateway Porta Dojona. Furthermore, discover the large square of Piazza del Mercato bordered with arcaded Renaissance houses. In addition the whole complex with the cathedral and some historic public buildings.

Worth a visit also the town of Feltre grouped around its castle. It is a place that has kept part of its ramparts.

Belluno, East Dolomites

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