Belluno, “where on earth is that?”
According to Condé Nast Traveler, it is one of Italy’s ‘most scenic small towns.’
It’s a stunning town perched picturesquely at the foothills of the Dolomites in Northern Italy. Belluno is known as the porta delle Dolomiti, ‘door to the Dolomites,’ and a vast open window over the rich, Venetian plains.
I’ve come here a few times now and each visit is magical. The Dolomites are majestic, roaring up into the sky as we climb higher in the car. Yet when evening comes, the mountains change mood as they shimmer in pink against the sunset.
This town is nestled amongst a crown of mountains: the Pre-Alp Nevegal surrounds the city from the south and the grand Mount Serva as well as the rocky walls of the Schiara from the north.
Belluno is also home to traditional Venetian villas that peek out at you on quiet streets behind iron gates.
Wonderfully close to Austria and Slovenia, it is also a proud neighbour of the pretty town of Conegliano, an original producer of Prosecco! Bet that got your attention, didn’t it?
This is an introduction to Belluno… more to come.
This article has been featured in Visit Veneto, a beautiful online Italian magazine featuring stories and experiences of this rich and wild region of Italy.