View over Belluno from the beach of Lambioi on the Piave river

Belluno rises above a cliff spur at the confluence of the Ardo torrent and the Piave River, in a beautiful setting featuring the majestic Dolomites in the north and the Venetian Prealps in the south.

The first important vestiges of human settlement in the area date back to the Paleovenetian period, while with the Romanization in the first century BC, Belluno became municipium.
From 1404 until 1797, Belluno was incorporated into the Venetian Republic which leaved traces of its culture mainly in the buildings and the city squares, ad example Palazzo dei Rettori in Piazza Duomo, Piazza dei Martiri (main square), Porta Dojona (one of the gates in the ancient walls) and Piazza Mercato square.
The later historical stages recorded various events where the main actors were majorly the Napoleonics: with the foundation of the “Department of the Piave”, Belluno became capital of a vast territory that later will become the current borders of the province.

The year 1848 highlighted the patriotic spirit of many Belluno's inhabitants and even here there were many heroes ready to fight for independence and in 1866 the city was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.
After the Italian retreat during the famous battle of Caporetto during the Great War, the Austro-Hungarian troops occupied the city. In the Second World War, Belluno became the center of the liberation struggle, awarded with the Gold Medal for Military Valor with which the city banner is decorated.
Belluno and part of its territory is included in the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites thanks to the presence of some peaks of the Dolomites like the Schiara group with the Gusèla del Vescovà, the Pale del Broccon and Mount Pelf. Here you can find a unique environment that has an important and significant flora and fauna and an extraordinary landscape value. Particularly interesting are the Valli di Bolzano (Bolzano's Valleys) with the gorges of the Ardo torrent. On its left bank and eastwards rises the majestic and verdant Mount Serva.

Beyond the Piave river, on the left bank of the river, there are many towns overlooked by Nevegàl, a location that offers an interesting ski proposal and in summer you can enjoy many hikes and try different sport activities like grass skiing and horseback riding.
Belluno is also the birth place of many artists such as Andrea Brustolon (called the “Michelangelo of wood”), Sebastiano Ricci, great interpreter of refined pictorial taste of the seventeenth-eighteenth century, Ippolito Caffi, artist and traveler.

This city is also land of great humanists like Urbano Bolzanio, Pierio Valeriano, first researcher of Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the great Dino Buzzati. A place, remembering the words of Buzzati, writer born in Belluno, which has a “special personality that gives an enchanting atmosphere but that few realize” where “the world of Venice (with its serenity, its classic harmony lines, its ancient refinement, its unmistakable mark of its architecture) and the northern world (with mysterious mountains, long winters, fairy tails and legends, that sense of remoteness and solitude) are combined”.

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