Discovering the Ancient town of Belluno

I love being spontaneous and not deciding on which city in Northern Italy to explore. We just got in our Jeep and headed towards Valdobbiadene. After visiting one of our favorite wineries, Nani Rizzi in which you are always welcomed with a friendly smile and a  refreshing glass of Sparkling White wine DOCG. We went towards the direction of Belluno.

I have never been to Belluno. Of course I’ve heard of it as its home to the most beautiful Italian Alps.. The dolomiti but thats all I know about it. My husband hasn’t been to the historic center either, so that is where we decided to go.. We didn’t have so much time to really discover the ancient town that was founded in 200 bc so I would love to go back to learn about the rich history and traditions of Belluno at another time.

I’ll just be honest here, I am not one for heights, in fact it is a recent new fear of mine.. Not sure why I am afraid of heights but anyhow, we had parked below the city and took the escalator which has an altitude of 40 meters. You can also take the stairs outside if you like or even take your car directly up to the center of Belluno, but beware, like any Italian city, parking is scarce.

We spent probably less than two hours walking the old cobblestone streets of one of the Alpini cities.. Would have loved to spent more as there was practically no humidity and there was a nice warm breeze and fresh mountain air but our son had other ideas. Haha!

Here are a few photos I took of this charming and historic city.

Palazzo dei Rettori ~ The first thing you see once you enter the city from the escalator.  La Torretta dell'Orologio" (Clock Tower), added in 1536. On the far right.

Palazzo dei Rettori ~ The first thing you see once you enter the city from the escalator.
La Torretta dell’Orologio” (Clock Tower), added in 1536. On the far right.

Religious or not, the churches in Italy are just stunningly beautiful.

Religious or not, the churches in Italy are just stunningly beautiful.

Seeing things from a different angle.

Seeing things from a different angle.

Beauty found while walking the streets of Belluno

Beauty found while walking the streets of Belluno

You can see from the reflection of the window, it was a beautiful day.

You can see from the reflection of the window, it was a beautiful day.

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Typical Bellunese food :)

Typical Bellunese food 🙂

Like Treviso Belluno is a bicycle friendly city.

Like Treviso Belluno is a bicycle friendly city.

old meets new

old meets new

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Windows of Italy

Windows of Italy

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The door that leads you out of the historic center and into the modern city center.

The door that leads you out of the historic center and into the modern city center.

The lock on the old rusted door.. Would love to hear the stories if this old lock could talk.

The lock on the old rusted door.. Would love to hear the stories if this old lock could talk.

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Beautiful view or panorama of the Venetian Landscape.

Beautiful view or panorama of the Venetian Landscape.

The Piave river runs from the Alps to Venice.

The Piave river runs from the Alps to Venice.

Have you ever been to Belluno? I hope to go back when I have more time and chat with the locals and find out just what Belluno has to offer besides it’s beautiful scenery.

Xoxo

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7 thoughts on “Discovering the Ancient town of Belluno

    • Hi Diana, thanks so much!! I def want to go back. I might go on Sunday but not to the city center.. Not sure though. I need to find a place up North to escape the terrible heatwave and humidity we have here in Treviso 😦 Where in Italy do you live?

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