Ponte nelle Alpi
Ponte nelle Alpi, Castello Bortoluzzi

Since ancient times, Ponte nelle Alpi has been a place of human settlement and evidence of this are the many graves full of artifacts found in the villages of Polpet, Soccher, Cadola, Canevoi and Casan and now partly displayed in the Civic Museum of Belluno in the archaeological section.

Strategic territory that controlled the communication routes from Val Belluna to the Friuli region and the Cadore area, originally its name was Pieve di Frùsseda, while in medieval times it was changed to Capodiponte, a name that refers to the important bridge linking the two banks of the Piave river that still today is a central road junction. Only in 1867 the name of the town became Ponte nelle Alpi.

In addition to the Vena d'Oro Park and the homonym and ancient source of mineral water, worth of note are the churches of the territory, such as the one in Cadola that preservers valuable paintings by Cesare Vecellio, Francesco Frigimelica il Vecchio and Guido Cadorin, or the one above the village of Polpet dedicated to Saint Andrew, dating back at least to the fourteenth century and reachable along a scenic path that will take you at an altitude of 740 meters on the slopes of Mount Serva.

The church of St. Caterina, built to protect the bridge and gorge above the Piave river, is a little jewel worth a visit. Here, in fact, in 1961 were discovered some frescoes of the beginning of the fourteenth century that decorate all the interior walls of the building. In front of the church, just above the gorge carved by the Piave river, rises the Bortoluzzi Castle, which was built as a private residence in 1905 in a particularly scenic spot.

Ponte nelle Alpi, due to its particular location, is the obligatory point of passage for those who want to reach the Valbelluna from the A27 highway, Cadore area and Cortina d'Ampezzo along the Alemagna road, or towards the Alpago area and Lake Santa Croce. The area also includes a part of the Nevegàl ski resort.

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