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Belluno Italy - The Mountain Venice

Welcome to Belluno Italy -the mountain Venice. This wonderful town is the charming gateway to the Dolomites.

The feel of this town is unique among mountain towns in Italy - it somehow feels more like a Venetian coastal town. The climate too is mild for a mountain town.

Belluno

Before getting on with exploring the town you'll need a place to stay...

Where to Stay in Belluno

The Albergo Cappello e Cadore is my tip. This is a three star hotel offering comfortable rooms, a warm friendly welcome and an excellent location. It's nothing expensive nor super special but it is good value and your best hotel bet in Belluno.

Belluno's History

Belluno served Venice both as a gateway to trading with northern Europe and as a first line of defense against northern invaders.

Centuries past this was the summer getaway for rich Venetians escaping the heat and humidity of Venice.

Still today many Italians, overwhelmed by the summer heat of Italy's big cities, find welcome relief here.

What to See

Palaces and villas abound reflecting the past wealth of Belluno and judging by the shops, cars and people there is still plenty of wealth around today.

Visit Herb Square – the Italian name Piazza delle Erbe sounds much better – a lovely old piazza - filled with character and surrounded by the splendid palaces of the rich of yesteryear.

Juvarra's 18th century bell tower is a must.  Juvarra was a chap who designed a lot of buildings in my old home town of Turin and he is considered one of the greatest Italian architects of the period.

The Basilica di San Martino is also notable and dates back to the 16th century .

The town is full of life too. Being home to one of Italy's best universities means that the town has a young vibrant feel and is is full of good restaurants and lively bars.

Cuisine is a delight, a fusion of the diverse coastal and mountain styles of cooking. They come together in a treat for the taste buds and you'll get some of the best gnocchi on the planet in Belluno.

Don't neglect to try the wonderful soppressa ( a type of salami) either. I had better stop now – once I get onto food I end up going on for ever...

Once you've seen all the town can offer explore the surrounds; Belluno is an ideal jumping off point for the Dolomites, the magnificent Bellunesi National Park and the nearby ski resorts. 

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