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Everyone run to the Festival of Pastin

The first event dedicated to a unique specialty of our region: the irresistible Pastin! We are sure that there is nobody in the world who would not be captivated by the taste and aroma of the pastin. But if you don’t have the same certainty, you can spread the word and invite everyone to the first event dedicated to the pastin to remove any doubts: from October 28th to 30th, at Piazza dei Martiri in Belluno, pastin for all, as well as sports, fun and much more!


Don’t make plans for this weekend: from October 28th to 30th at Piazza dei Martiri in Belluno, AICS Comitato Provinciale di Belluno, NG TIMING and Gruppo Alpini di Salce, with the sponsorship and co-organization by the Comune di Belluno, with support of the Consorzio Operatori of downtown and of the Pro Loco Pieve Castionese , we organized a truly unique event of its kind: “Il PASTIN, in piazza… …di corsa” in Belluno, at the very centrally located Piazza dei Martiri! Don’t miss our  Adorable Belluno drunk on the aromas of the typical Bellunese delicacies from October 28th to 30th!

What is pastin?

“Pastin is the result of artisanal production, linked to tradition and passion for the good things. An entirely Bellunese pride, for which the original recipe asks for the use of, in varying percentages, meat of pork and beef, seasoned by a mix of secret spices that make it particularly flavorful. A local product produced from carefully selected meats, exclusively raised in the province of Belluno.”

But why “Il Pastin, in piazza…di corsa”?

During the event dedicated to pastin, we will compete in the first “BELLUNO URBAN MARATHONSunday October 30th at 9:00am! What does it consist of? It includes a run of 6 laps on a route of 7.033 km in no less than the historical center of Belluno!

To follow, on the same route, at the same time, there will be other shorter and less challenging runs:
the “URBAN HALF MARATHON“, at 9:00am that is 3 laps for a total of 21.09 km, the “SPORTS RUN“, at 10:00am in which you can run two laps of the historical center for a total of 14.066 km and, finaly, the “FAMILY RUN“, also at 10:00am, perfect for families with children as it is only one lap of the route for a total of only 7 km.

A medical certificate for competitive play (certificato medico agonistico) is required for the URBAN and the SPORTS RUN.

For more information and to sign up: – cell. 339 6231678


Here is the complete program of the three days dedicated to sports and pastin

From Friday October 28th at 6:00pm until Sunday October 30th at 3:00pm at Piazza dei Martiri in Belluno.

Friday October 28th

The party begins at 6:00pm and will run for the entire evening.
At 8:00pm the race “Su… PER SCALE” (650 steps) will begin: it’s a road race event on the stairs of Belluno.

Saturday October 29th

On Saturday the events will being in the morning from 9:00am and will continue late into the evening. Pastin, steaming polenta  of curdles (organized by Gruppo Alpini di Salce), wine, typical Bellunese desserts and much much more, for a day full of tasting!

Sunday October 30th

On Sunday the events will also begin at 9:00am, but will finish at 3:00pm in the afternoon.

And Sunday will be the day for the road races listed above. Let’s quickly revisit them:

Sporting event on the route of the historical center

9:00am “URBAN MARATHON” (6 lap – 42.195 km) 9:00am “URBAN HALF MARATHON” (3 laps – 21.097 km) 10:00am “SPORTS RUN” (2 laps – 14.066 km)
10:00am “FAMILY RUN” (1 lap – 7.33km)


The following butchers will be participating:

“Boito” of Ponte nelle Alpi – “Cavarzano” of Belluno – “Gaz” of Sedico “Perera” of Belluno – “Segat” of Belluno

There are no excuses: the pastin, one knows, is certainly not the most diet-friendly food of our region…but after a great run in the historical center of the city, it will definitely have been earned! We await you in big numbers!


For more information and to sign up: – cell. 339 6231678

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Col di Roanza and the Chapel of San Michele

Whoever has spent a period of his or her life in Belluno knows it well: one of the best panoramas of the Bellunese Valley is in the village of Col di Roanza, and if you can get there after a beautiful stroll through the town of Sopracroda, even better. But this place does not just give us this splendid view…

Col di Roanza is one of the most desired destinations of the Bellunese: home to many parties, theater for many foot races, a place for restoration thanks to its eponymous sanctuary and above all, the point of departure for reaching the peak of Mount Serva. The place, to be precise, rises from the slopes of this mountain: from here the panorama is decidedly enchanting, both towards the city of Belluno and in the direction of the group of the Schiara.

Going on from Col di Roanza the street becomes an even more challenging path until the peak of Mount Serva; But before arriving to Col di Roanza, what can we find?

After several hairpin turns from Sopracroda, on the right there is a gun emplacement, from which, still on the right, begins a with path that brings you to a basin that is certainly farmed. Here, on the slopes of the hill almost hanging on a hill above the Belluna Valley, rises the sixteenth-century Chapel of San Michele.

Chiesa San Michele

The chapel has basic linear features.
Its structure, as we see it now, is assumed to be that of the sixteenth century, with its characteristic portico for the shelter of travelers that leads to a simple square hall and the octagonal apse.
The early church was probably typical of a late ancient period, during the sixth century, along a path most likely built for military purposes in the Roman era, (if not before), still visible on the ground uphill from the chapel: a Piedmontese route from the bridge of the Alps, passing by way of San liberale crossing Col di Roanza, Vaus and the Pont of the Mortìs, reaching Bolzano Bellunese and then the entrance to the Cordevole Valley without needing to go down all the way to Belluno.

Inside the chapel, under the triumphant arcade, distinguished by two elegant lesenes crowned by capitals carved with vegetable and spiral motifs, one finds a wooden crucifix dating back to the 700s: made by a local artisan.

The altar has a small shovel painted in oil that illustrates a Jewish priest, probably Aronne, who holds up an incense burner and holder; his picture is surrounded by rose branches. This last decoration is probably a nineteeth-century revision, while the picture of the priest seems to be eighteenth century and attributable to the styles of Antonio Gabrielli.

Until just recently the Chapel of San Michele conserved a canvas with an illustration of the virgin and her holy child, with San Michele on the left and a martyr saint on the right. At their shoulders, a landscape of cold colors but with profiles well outlined, of evocative brightness, almost lunar. The piece, of particular value, for precautionary reasons, has been transferred to the Seminary of Belluno. In its place we can find a photographic reproduction.

Here is how to arrive by foot on the long street that leads to Col di Roanza:


Sources: Belluno, storia, architettura e arte a cura di Gigetto De Bortoli, and Archivio Storico di Belluno

Photograph of the chapel from


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Top 10 things you miss about Belluno

Time once again for our regular blog on the Top 10 things you miss about Belluno.

This time we take a different point of view: people who had or wanted to leave Belluno tell us what they miss about our town.

There are many ex citizens who emigrated from Belluno in search of a better life. There a multitude of reasons why they left: for love, work, they escaped from war, or they just went on a holiday and decided not to return.

Our compatriots have a new life, a new culture, they eat different foods and some even speak another language.

We conducted a survey of our Adorable friends who live in another country. We must admit that our friends’ stories are truely interesting, at times entertaining, others quite moving.

Ready for a bit of nostalgia? Let’s take a count down of our Top 10.

10 #scents and flavours. The smell of newly-harvested hay and of snowfall at the end of November. The scent of our famous “panino col pastin”, a perfect antidote to those long aperitifs. “Polenta e schiz” is synonymous of “home”, and “radici da prà col lardo” that only tastes this good in Belluno.

9 #markets. The friendly atmosphere of Saturday morning markets, minus the chaos. It’s not just a time for shopping, but a great excuse for a chat.

8 #summer festivals. There are many things which make our festivals simple but memorable. Eating on plastic plates – lucky if you make it to the table without dropping some food! Singing the same old songs around the stage, and complaining the next day that they (the songs) are always the same.

7 #walks. Walks after a typical Bellunese lunch, or in the late afternoon after a hard day’s work. The beauty of Belluno: nature is a stone’s throw from your doorway.

6 #home. There’s no place like home. There’s no substitute for being able to close your eyes and know exactly where you are.

5 #chats. There’s always an opportunity for a chat: on the street or at the supermarket.

4. #drink. A drink is not just a drink, it’s almost like a ritual for the Bellunesi. A glass of red or white, the Sunday morning aperitif, or even a coffee at the local bar are opportunities for a friendly chat.

3 #mountains. Waking up in the morning and seeing the Pink Dolomites. Colours and reflections that you can’t find anywhere else. The sensation of protection: the Dolomite Mountains seem to embrace Belluno and are a constant reference point.

2 #family. The family you left behind in Belluno. This is the hardest part of all: facing a new city or town alone.

There are moments in which nostalgia has a way of hitting you in the stomach. Sometimes I think it would be nice to drop by my mum’s after work.

1 #everything. I don’t know how to put this into words, but the truth is even though many would say that Belluno has nothing, well, I think it has a lot to offer.

A warm thank you to all the Adorable Bellunesi who live elsewhere and who shared their thoughts with us.

See you soon

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Memorial Day: lest we forget

January 27, 1945, three in the afternoon, Auschwitz. A chilly day of a particularly harsh winter. The gates of the Polish death camp are torn down by the Red Army during its rapid advance from Vistola to Oder. At the head of the department it was Marshal Konev who first entered the lager.

January 27, 1945, three in the afternoon, Auschwitz. A written sign, “Arbeit macht frei”,welcomes the soldiers of the Red Army. Through their eyes the world will come to know how hell is made, and will never be the same.

January 27, 1945, three in the afternoon, Auschwitz. A liberation that has nothing joyful for those in Auschwitz who managed not to lose their lives; there are in fact too many mixed feelings of the survivors, the humiliation, the madness, the shame of being saved, the mistrust in mankind. Primo Levi tells us about it well.

A horror that touched everyone, including Belluno. Maybe not everyone knows that 983 people were deported from the province, of which 882 natives and about a hundred from outside. An articulate and complex framework, that of the deportation in the Belluno area, as explained by Professor Enrico Bacchetti of the Historical Institute of the Resistance and of the Contemporary Age-ISBREC, the leader of a research project aimed at the reconstruction of the history of those who, in the territory of Belluno, have known deportation and imprisonment.

During the conference entitled “Towards a historical biographical dictionary of deportation in the confines of Belluno”, held at the headquarters of the State Archives of Belluno on January 26, 2014, Professor Bacchetti insisted on the importance of studying the phenomenon of deportation: “Historians have been wondering for years about how many actually were deported in World War II”- says Professor of ISBEC – “maybe 10 or 12 million. But they are only figures that are the result of estimates, based on the documentation of the coffers of the lagers”.

The purpose of this research work is to approach the exact numbers starting from the local history, to build a historical geographic dictionary which is configured as a monument of paper due to those who paid such a high price  of war. Hence the appeal to all the inhabitants of the province of Belluno: collaborate in the construction of this important research through your memories of your families, of your acquaintances. Only in this way you will be able to to build a document as complete as possible, which can give a precise idea of ​​the phenomenon of deportation in the province of Belluno.

January 27, 2015, Belluno. An invitation to participate actively, collaborating to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust because “things that are forgotten” says Mario Rigoni Stern “may return”.

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The Baldenich Joke

When a trick becomes the most effective weapon.

Maybe not everyone knows that even the Belluno prison can boast a famous story of escape: that which is known to history as the Baldenich Joke when twelve partisans managed to free seventy political prisoners.

It is June 16, 1944 and all is ready for the mission, Mariano Mandolesi, known by comrades as Carlo, leads his men to the gates of the Baldenich prison, where the Germans held their prisoners and that morning inside there are sixteen policemen and ten prison guards.

Their intent is to free Milo, who would be transferred to Trento by them in a few days to be shot and all the others with him, everyday victims of torture and ill-treatment. The whole operation was to take place without a fight, without a shot, without shedding further blood.

And this happened: the Baldenich Joke begins when Carlo comes with eight companions in German uniforms saying they have four prisoners to deliver. In broken German Carlo and others are turning to the police but they ask them for their incarceration documents.

The partisans have none and they try to take time, no guard realizes who is hiding really under the German jackets and hats, and they ask: “No one who speaks Italian?” Then came the prison guard who had just finished his monitoring tour and immediately becomes blocked by Biondino, who takes the pile with the keys to the cells.

Once the prisoners were freed, and the prison guards and police jailed the handful of fugitives go on foot towards the mountains. The prison guards are able to sound the alarm only twenty minutes later when Charles and the others are already at the slopes of Mount Serva, tired but excited to be able to realize the Baldenich Joke, without even firing a shot.