Silent walks between art and history
Belluno, piazza Martiri

Anyone in Belluno appreciates the chance to enjoy the natural and panoramic beauties of the area in any season without struggling with transfers. For example, from the village of Cavarzano, passing through Sopracroda, you can easily have access to a path that takes you to Col di Roanza, from where you can admire one of the best views on Valbelluna. A view that warms your heart during the last autumn coziness and that leaves you astonished even in its winter version. From Col di Roanza you can overlook the city of Belluno, just below, and with a gaze at the horizon, also the Schiara Massif. While climbing up Monte Serva a white road opens up: it ventures into a small hollow where, almost suspended on a hillock above Valbelluna, appears the sixteenth-century Church of San Michele. The church has essential features. The structure, as we see it now, is the one taken during 16th century, with the typical prothyrum, which served as wayfarers’ shelter, advancing the basic squared hall and the octagonal apsis. Inside the church, under the triumphal arch, there is a wooden crucifix dated back to 18th century: it is a local handcraft work. The altar presents a small oil-painted altarpiece that illustrates a Jewish minister, probably Aaron, who is holding the incense burner and boat; his figure is surrounded by roses’ wreaths.

On the opposite side, from the village of Castion, on the left bank of the river Piave, the most intriguing itinerary is in the Modolo area. It is a walk that winds its way through a ring path northeast of the “castionese” plain. The path is one of the most interesting of Valbelluna as for the landscape, with the views on the Modolo plain, on Villa Miari Fulcis and on the small Shrine of San Mamante. Inside the Byzantine period church, rebuilt in 1527 by the humanist Pietro Valeriano, are preserved: a 15th century crucifix, frescoes attributed to Pomponio Amalteo and paintings by Francesco Frigimelica. The natural context completes the beauty of this bucolic portrait characterized by the incessant mutation of the flora. Even in Autumn the colors of vegetation make it fascinating to walk in the zone, while in Winter it is a nearby opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors.

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