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What to do in Belluno?

Underestimated, Belluno is the kind of city that transports us to another time. Elegant, it presents itself discreetly, but steals our hearts at first sight. Today we've prepared a list, done with great care, of attractions you'll find in Belluno.

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What to do in Belluno?

Belluno is an Italian commune in the Veneto region , province of Belluno, with about 36,112 inhabitants. Belluno is the only city that is completely within a natural park. Full of beauties, the city is one of the least sought after by tourists who, often unaware, fall in love with this very special place! Today we will find out what to do in Belluno! Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

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Shall we get to know Belluno better? Belluno is only 380 meters above sea level, but the climate is already that of the mountains and, from here, it is possible to see the peaks of the Dolomites. In fact, from the historic center of Belluno, you can already go for a walk in the mountains. Shall we get to the attractions in Belluno? Also read Where to ski in Italy?

1) What to do in Belluno? HISTORIC CENTER

Even for proportional reasons, as Belluno is not a big city, the historic center of Belluno is small, but very well preserved. As it neighbors the Dolomites , the city is not one of the most popular for visits, but it is worth stopping for a stroll through the narrow streets and arcades of its historic center and trying typical dishes from the Belluno area, such as the casunzei ( reads ‘cassunzzei’) – ravioli with smoked ricotta, spinach and potatoes.


In the center, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Belluno . The city’s Duomo was built in the 7th century, but rebuilt in the 18th century. The Church is located in one of the most beautiful squares in the city and, opposite the cathedral, is the former Venetian government building, where we can admire the portico, galleries and barred windows, as well as Palazzo dei Rectors (“Rectors Palace” ), which is now the seat of Belluno City Hall. Right next door is the Civic Tower and its beautiful clock. Also read Where to stay in the Dolomites?


From there, cross Piazza del Mercato (“ Piazza delle Erbe ”) and take Via Rialto to reach Vittorio Emanuele Square, also close to Via Roma. Here are the splendid Comunale Theater and Fulcis Palace, which houses the Civic Museum of Belluno. The Civic Museum of Belluno was renovated and tells the history of the city’s cultural life. The exhibition space is huge and occupies three thousand square meters, spread over five floors with 24 rooms in total. The restored 18th century stuccoes and frescoes are well worth a visit. The Museum houses around 600 works signed by Tintoretto, Montagna, Brustolon, Marco and Sabastiano Ricci and Ippolito Caffi.There you will find precious collections of porcelain, jewelry, drawings and engravings.

‘Life happens’ in Belluno, in Piazza Martiri, where you can walk under the arcades while looking in the store windows and get a glimpse of local life (an activity that in Veneto is called ‘liston’ – while in the rest of the world we call it ‘gossip’ ahahaha). Following the walk, go to Porta Doiona , which is not far from the theater and is the oldest gate in Belluno. Also, check out our section on Climate in Italy!

Map 01 with the attractions in Belluno

What to do in Belluno?
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4) What to do in Belluno? BORGO PIAVE

Borgo Piave is the ‘lower’ part of the historic center of Belluno and the favorite place for locals and tourists alike. From here, the rafts loaded with wood departed for Venice for the construction of the ships. Via Uniera dei Zater was, in fact, the street dedicated to the boats and where the ‘seamen’s meeting’ often took place. It is, even today, a very lively area!

5) What to do in Belluno? BRIDGE OF VICTORY BRIDGE

It is impossible not to mention the Victory Bridge ( “Bridge of Victory”). From here you can admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of Belluno and the mountains that surround it; all this with Schiara in the foreground. Ah, from Castello Square, you can admire the most beautiful sunset over the Piave: it’s fantastic!

Map 02 with the attractions in Belluno

What to do in Belluno?
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Get to know Belluno’s History

In the 5th century BC, Venetians and Celts settled in an almost uninhabited area!That area is, today, Belluno. These two peoples named the city for its excellent location and, for this reason, it received the name that comes from belo-donum, which means ‘shining hill’. In the 2nd century BC, the Romans made it a city of the Roman Empire and called it Bellunum. With the end of the Roman Empire, it became Belluno, and was invaded by Lombards, Teutonics and Carolingians; in the tenth century, it reached its peak and united in its province Bassano and Jesolo. The expansion, however, was short-lived. Belluno fell victim to his expanding neighbors in Veneto and, in 1249, Ezzelino Romano of Padua conquered the city which, later on, fell into the hands of the Scala family. Only in 1404 did Belluno enter Venice. However, Belluno ended up well protected, until 1797, when French troops invaded the city.

In the first Kingdom of Italy, in 1806, Belluno was elevated to the rank of capital of the Piave, but with Napoleon’s defeat, Belluno ended up being part of the Lombardy-Veneto region and, therefore, governed by the Austrians. Although it had an immense desire to be independent, the city decided to join the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, along with Veneto, and its borders were handed over to the province after World War I. After a while, the province of Alto Adige and Trentino became part of Belluno to the southeast of the two regions, which also includes Cortina d’Ampezzo. In 1963, a disaster: the artificial lake of Vajont overflowed and completely destroyed several villages in the valley. Today Belluno is almost entirely touristic and enchants those who cross the borders of the park that protects it.

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