The roads Buzzati trod
Your itinerary commences from the railway station, and the first stop is at the church of St. Mary of Loreto before proceeding to Piazza dei Martiri, the traditional rendezvous for the city’s inhabitants, with its colonnades, cafès, strolls in the Central Square or listòn,and gardens. Some of Belluno’s principal buildings are also found here, including the sixteenth-century church of St. Rocco and the nineteenth-century neoclassical municipal theatre. With Porta Dojona behind you, proceed down via Cipro on your right, passing through Porta Dante and Piazza Castello, to reach Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) where the city’s religious and secular symbols stand side-by-side, represented by the Palazzo dei Vescovi (Bishops’ Palace), now the Auditorium, Torre Civica, (Civic Tower), Palazzo dei Rettori (the Rectors’ Palace) now the Prefecture, Palazzo Rosso (the Town Hall) and the Cathedral with its Juvarra bell tower.
Dino Buzzati (Belluno 1906 – Milan 1972) was a writer, journalist and painter.