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Dolomites of water: a bridge between the pale mountains and the lagoon

A new exhibit has just opened; it celebrates and reminds all of us of the grandeur and wonders of the Dolomites, creating a bridge to the other unique place of our land: Venice and its lagoon. 

At Palazzo Crepadona, in the historical center of Belluno, from September 16th, it is possible to visit the large exhibit,“Dolomiti d’acqua – Il viaggio della pittura dai monti verso Venezia e la laguna”, a show that is part of the program for the 20th edition of the festival Oltre le vette – Metafore, uomini, luoghi della montagna, produced by the towns of Belluno andSan Vito di Cadore, where it was partially previewed during the month of August.

The symbolic relationship between the Dolomites and Venice

The exhibit Dolomiti d’acqua consists of a hypothetical artistic voyage along the route of the Piave Valley and its main tributaries, from the Dolomites to Venice.

For centuries, the Piave river has represented a very useful means of transport for moving various goods and the timber fundamental for construction and shipbuilding from the Bellunese mountains all the way to Venice. A path through time and space, it will bring the visitor to appreciate, with the passage of decades, how our landscape transformed and how the artists radically changed their way of representing reality at the beginning of the 1900s.

Giovanni Granzotto writes in the preface of the exhibit’s beautiful catalogue: “This year the exhibition fair (…), which sets out to celebrate and remind all of us of the wonders and grandeur of unique places, the Dolomites, hopes to build a bridge to the other unique place of our land: Venice and its lagoon. There has always been an osmotic relationship between these two worlds, and thus we have sought to create an exhibit that could recount more than a century of artists falling in love with at least one of these places, with all their heart and soul.”


The artworks displayed

The artworks presented represent a cross-section of Venetian landscapes and lifestyles from the mid-1800s and 1900s by way of the main national artists of this period: Guglielmo CiardiLuigi CimaGiorgio De ChiricoFilippo de Pisis, Tancredi Parmeggiani, Fiorenzo Tomea, Virgilio Guidi, just to name a few.

At the end of the big exhibit, in a room of the Palazzo Crepadona, visitors will also find an important surprise: the exhibit “Viaggi e sguardi – Acquerelli di montagna tra Otto e Novecento”. It is a small exhibit of artworks from Bellunese collectors that hope to be the core of an important and original project for the future. You can see watercolors by Compton, Gilbert, Donne and other Europeans masters, all artists of great fame and talent.


La exhibit will be held in Belluno, at the Palazzo Crepadona, from September 16th to November 1st 2016.

Exhibit Hours

From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am – 12:30pm and  3:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday and days before holidays: 10:00am – 12:30pm and 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Sunday and holidays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed Mondays except Monday October 31st


Full price €8 euros; Reduced* €6 euros
Free entrance for students and children from 0 – 11 years old

Children 12 – 17 years old; Students with valid ID; Over 65 years old; Members of partners (see list at the ticket office); Groups of at least 20 people (1 tour guide free)

Exhibit Catalogue €20.00


For information on the exhibit “Dolomiti d’acqua” you can look at the official website (Italian only) or contact:

Belluno Tourism Office tel. 334 2813222;
City of Belluno
Bottega del quadro


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Leggere le sere, the festival of theater, readings, music and dance in Belluno

From July 5th to 26th, the “encounters without the curtain” return to the courtyards of the city with four events each Tuesday in some of the most captivating places of our city to spend pleasant evenings among theater, readings, music and dance. The Associazione Culturale Bretelle Lasche announces the 2016 edition of the “Leggere le sere” Festival.

Here are the details of the program for the 2016 edition of Leggerelesere – incontri senza sipario nei cortili della città (Read the evenings – encounters without the curtain in the courtyards of the city) – from July 5th to 26th 2016 in Belluno, at 9:00pm. Single entrance is 3 euros. In case of bad weather, the event will take place at the Centro Giovanni XXIII.

The festival begins on July 5th, at 9:00pm, in the garden of Villa Miari, on Via Cipro, with the show “La Cura” written by and featuring Barbara Eforo, prose actress renowned by TV audiences for the show “L’albero azzurro”. The text is dedicated to the role of the caregiver who tells the story of the lives lived and known from the people she assists, until her life blends with theirs.

On July 12th, in the garden of the Villa Doglioni Dalmas on Via del Piave, the theatrical dance performance begins with the company “Il teatro Pachuco” in “Coup de Foudre”, featuring Lisa Da Boit and Rudi Galindo. Through the dance performance they share with the audience a sort of silent film that recounts love at first sight, in other words, that which in Italian is called “colpo di fulmine,” or bolt of lightning. Following, the “Korarte” Company with Laura Zago and Giorgio Tollot in “File Life,” which narrates, through dance, a fragile love lived in the past, in the present and perhaps in the future desire.

In the Garden of the Gabelli Schools, on Via Cavour, on July 19th, Chiara Becchimanzi will star, with the voice of Beatrice Burgo, of “Principesse e Sfumature”, a performance both funny and risqué, thus likely more suitable for an adult audience, written and directed by this Roman actress of the Valdrada Company, who, for years, has collaborated with le Bretelle Lasche.

The final event, on July 26th, in the Cloister of the Istituto “Catullo”, on Via Loreto with a new performance by the Bretelle Lasche “All’ombra del lupo” (In the Shadow of the Wolf): the well-known fable of Sergej Prokof’ev will be interpreted by the performance of shadow, as conceived by Nicola Pauletti, with the music of Gabriele Soppelsa and the original drawings of Agnese Meroni, with the company of a dozen or so actors from the “Bretelle”.

Admission for each show is €3.00.

Information source: BellunoPress

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The Thursday Evenings in Belluno Begin!

Summer in the city? In Belluno it’s synonymous with “Thursday in the square.” From July 7th to August 11th 2016, “Belluno di Sera” is back, the festival that every Thursday makes the historical center the ideal setting for performances, musical events and shopping under the stars.

The traditional entertainment of the city center, including music, performances and culture will begin on Thursday July 7th, and will happen every Thursday evening until August 11th. The events are organized by Consorzio Belluno Centro Storico.


Take a look at the program of the first Thursday evening, on July 7th:

The stores in the downtown area will be open from 9pm to 11pm; take advantage, as the sales have just begun! In Piazza dei Martiri you will be able to attend the auto show of Alfa Romeo Club Belluno, while in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele there will be the season finale concert of the Banda di Belluno

Guaranteed fun even for kids thanks to the Spazio Bimbi – Street Art, produced by Tada Lab. The location is Piazza dei Martiri, starting at 8:30pm, until 10:00pm.

In many locales of the historical center you can sip a drink while listening to live music!

Here are the details:
– Piazza Castello –San Martino / Caffè Centrale – PAOLO ACHILLEA
– Piazza Duomo – Al Duomo – FIESTA SOUND Fiesta sound
– Piazza Mazzini – Eno Teca Mazzini – STEFANO VENDRAMINI
– Piazza S. Stefano – Top 90 / La Miniera – BLACK DREAM DUO Black-Dream Belluno
– Via Mezzaterra – Antica Birreria Mezzaterra – JAM session live 07/07 JAM Session Live DNB & Jungle / jazz-funk


We also want to remind you to visit the Spazio Arte, on Via Rialto at the Minerva Palace, for “Dalla Maschera al Bassorilievo”, organized by the Augusto Murer night school for adults with Sara Andrich

Have fun!

We will keep you updated on the programs each Thursday! Follow the Events section of this website and follow our pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Info and organization brought to you by Consorzio Belluno Centro:

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Clorofilla – Shared Public Art, the 2016 edition

Here’s the 2016 edition of Clorofilla, the open citizen laboratory that seeks to promote the common good and build new shared social spaces.  In the spaces of the former Piave barracks and in other places around the city and the province, the stars will be internationally renowned street artist and those who wish to participate in this explosion of color.

Also this year, for the 2016 edition, contemporary art exits the museums and enters the streets, where it comes in contact with the area and excites the spectator, as he or she becomes part of its environment. During the week of CLOROFILLA 2016, the artists will give new life to surfaces and places long forgotten, that these days no longer amaze us, with their colors in murals, workshops and events.

Concerts, film and documentary screenings will be shown at the Casa dei Beni Comuni (the former Piave barracks), printing labs will be open to all citizens in the heart of the city of Belluno and surroundings.

Fresh air for our valleys!

The Clorofilla 2016 Program

After the events of June 18th and 19th, it continues with:


Casa dei Beni Comuni
8:30 pm live music with COMANECI + DANAEIn partnership with GIGGO Logo 1


Lorenzago di Cadore
11:00am  LIVE PRINTING event of silk-screen printing and printing press in the city and MURAL PAINTING.


Casa dei Beni Comuni
9:00pm LAGO FILM FEST presents the 2016 edition, showing the best short films of the last edition. LFF_logobianco


Casa dei Beni Comuni
8:00pm Screening of the film AMO-TE LISBOA a feature film on the Street Art, magic and surrealism of the Canemorto collective. One of the artists of the collective will attend the screening.


Bologna Belluno Park e Casa dei Beni Comuni
11:00am LIVE PRINTING of silk-screen printing, calligraphy and music of DJ Sciacallo at the Bologna Park of Belluno. During the day there will be a street theater performance by MARIO LEVIS.
8:30pm DJ BUBBLE shakes up the Casa dei Beni Comuni with his music and other magic.


Casa dei Beni Comuni
3:00pm live music and street theater performances by Mario LevisRavioli Giganti, Porco del Reato, and Maurizio & gli Atomi – Sayonara tour.


What is Clorofilla?

CLOROFILLA is a meeting of artists, muralists and those who work primarily in communicating and building public spaces.

CLOROFILLA began in 2015 as the idea of Ericailcane in collaboration with the Casa dei Beni Comuni, an open citizen laboratory, that works in the region for the common good and to build social spaces for sharing.
Last year, for two weeks in June and July, some of the walls of the Casa dei Beni Comuni (formerly Piave Barracks) and the city of Belluno, were painted for storytelling, an idea of public art created by the people, for the people.
In the north of Italy, close to the geographic borders of the country, Belluno is a splendid oasis in the desert of the mountains. The Dolomites, the heritage of humanity, make the frame for this initiative that brings together artists and citizens.


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Villa Miari Fulcis, a Pearl of Belluno

Today we bring you to Modolo, near Belluno, to visit Villa Miari Fulcis. Are you ready for the trip? Great, join us…

We begin talking about the place where we find ourselves: Modolo, a lush small town of Castion renowned for the large villa of Milari to the north, and by homes dispersed to the east. It is an area visited often by those who wish to do a short hike immersed in nature.

The villa that we are talking about today is one of the most ample and complex villas of the 1600s in the Belluno area and is part of the list of 100 Venetian villas of A. Canova. It is not easy to describe its beauty and features, as it is an impressive estate that at every turn offers new perspectives and shapes. Nonetheless we will try all the same, and to do so, we begin by using the words of A. Alpago-Novello, who described Villa Milari Fulcis as such:

“The villa reveals a deep fusion of the fluidity of the planning, the variety and the composition of the areas, which create perspectives and well-defined spaces, and architectural perfection, together with a precise setting in the surrounding nature.”

The construction of the villa of Modolo began in around 1644 as a home for one of the branches of the noble Miari family, who was constantly increasing its prestige and riches in the region of Castion.

Alpago-Novello tells us that in the 18th century the villa had about the same dimensions as it does now, and that in addition to the main building it included the long wings of the stables and the elegant entry gate. The entrance, in fact, is one of the most notable parts of this important estate: it is one of the most representative examples of the Baroque style, explains the Feltrino city planner and historian. Yet, he explains, these very whimsical and sculptural works were uncommon in the valley.

And it is this detail in particular that leads intellectuals to believe that an artist not from the Belluno region, likely a sculpture or a painter, less likely an architect, intervened. The remainder of the villa, and specifically the rustic wing, are of a more traditional style, even if the result is very unbalanced.

The villa as we see it today is the result of the work of Andrea Miari around 1806: he lived in this splendid home (as its owner) and in when an architect decided to put, as they say, his hand. This was how the main structure was transformed, acquiring its unusually arranged floor plan and becomes decorated by Ionic and Corinthian semi-columns, expanding in a wing that abuts another building of a lower height: the Barchessa.   On the ample external staircase you can see the Casa Miari coat of arms, dated 1806 and the name of the stonemason Giovanni Maria De Vetori. The garden that extends in front of the Villa has a real well from the end of the 1600s, adorned by a group of crests.

A curiosity: between the small square windows of the upper level there are seven painted sundials that indicate the time corresponding with the main cities of Europe. These sundials were painted in the 19th century by Count Francesco Miari Fulcis who was a Professor of Geodesy at the University of Padova.


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Photo by Giorgio Simonetto.


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Porta Dojona and its talking walls

Porta Dojona (Dojona Gate) is one of the most distinctive symbols of the city of Belluno. It has seen nearly one thousand years of Bellunese history, endured several restorations, been expanded and covered. But what you might not know is this gate hides a small secret of daily life. Read on to learn more. 

Porta Dojona is one of the five gates (four official and one “for emergencies”) that allows you to enter inside the city walls of Belluno, and is one of three that is still intact today.

We are talking about a real monument, one that is a testament to the history of Belluno since 1289: the year in which its internal archway was erected, originally called “di Foro” (public square) or “Mercato” (market), designed by Vecello da Cusighe and in honor of the count-bishop Adalgerlo of the 8th level.

The second part of the gate, as in the actual “facade” that overlooks Vittorio Emanuele Square, dates back to the Renaissance period, specifically 1553: it is the work of Niccolò Tagliapietra, built on request for chancellor Francesco Diedo (note the inscription above the arch FRANC. DIEDO. PRAET. PRAEF.Q. OPT). You can even see various recognizable Renaissance-style elements, such as the columns positioned on high pedestals, the triglyphs carved in the architrave and the two caryatids aside the Lion of San Marco.

One of the principal features of this evocative place of the city is the world that one enters by passing under the gate: you must however know that it has not always been this way. In reality, the passageway was first covered in 1622, thus giving Porta Dojona its characteristic feeling of a “small-scale arcade.”

Moreover, not even the name is the same as it was at the beginning: the gate was named “Dojona” in 1609 in honor of Giorgio Doglioni, aid to prince-bishop of Bressanone.

Have you ever heard someone refer to this gate as “Porta de la Cadene“? If that happened and you wanted to ask why, we’ll tell you: it takes this name from the drawbridge that was here until c. 1730 (when the moat was buried) from Via Mezzaterra.

But now we arrive at that which we had promised, the virtually hidden quirk of this gate: we have explained that this gate is a symbol of the city unto itself, in particular its walls, the inscriptions written mostly in Latin that recall the construction of the gate, its successive restoration projects and even the happenings of the city of Belluno. But there are also inscriptions less renowned and uncommon, which recount episodes of daily life.

Let us explain further. In the points shown using the arrows in the following image, if you look closely (we mean in person, if not, what beauty is there?), you can see written the names of people and their dates. Know who these people are? These are the autographs inscribed by the guards who protected this gate in the middle of the 1800s. And do you know how they left their permanent mark on the Porta Dojona? They did it with their bayonets.

Scritte porta

Photograph by Leonard Leo Graf.

Thanks to the group  Belluno e Provincia: cultura arte e storia that shared some of the information present in this article and to the research of Gigetto De Bortoli, Andrea Moro, Flavio Vizzutti, Belluno: storia, architettura, arte Belluno, 1984.

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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”.