Positioned in northern Veneto in the heart of a valley, like a magic passageway through the bordering plains of the south and the Dolomites to the north, Belluno makes a scenic and strategic base to explore its surrounding mountains. This attractive backdrop and the outdoor opportunities they provide, attract many visitors each year.
In summer, there are numerous marked trails as well as multiple cycling routes to follow. Hang-gliding and paragliding are options for extreme sports lovers. In the winter, skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing take over the mountains.
Water enthusiasts are also perfect here, the lush woods, protected by impressive rocky mountainsides, are home to some pretty small lakes such as Lake Misurina, where visitors can enjoy sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing.
When visiting Belluno, don’t forget to spend some time in the town itself. Its historical old town is a romantic dream, mixing stunning views with late-Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Start your tour of Belluno in the Piazza del Duomo which is surrounded by grand palazzos and villas. The 16th century Belluno cathedral dominates the square. Close to the basilica, there is also a medieval baptistery. Undoubtedly, the most imposing palace in Belluno is the 15th-century Palazzo dei Rettori, the Town Hall in medieval times.
After this cultural tour, soak up the relaxing city atmosphere and watch the locals in one of the cafes around the Piazza dei Martiri.
December is the month of holidays, lights and the Christmas markets. The booths are set in decorated wooden houses exhibiting handicrafts, local specialties, and gifts. And if the peaks of the Dolomites are covered with a blanket of snow, the atmosphere becomes even more magical.