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.

Belluno, a view from the steps leading up to the town centre

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.

Traditional Venetian villa, hiding on Via Nogarè


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. 

3 replies on “Exploring Stunning Belluno

  1. I’m in love with Italy and their food. I have been only to Milan but I really want to explore it all and I have already started learning Italian. Great article!

  2. Thank you for your kind comment! Great that you’ve started to learn Italian! How are you finding it? I studied French and Italian, but the latter got the better of me and I find it more fun to speak! If you ever do come to the north let me know!

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