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“Ferragosto e dintorni” Festival in Belluno

But who said that the cities empty out during Ferragosto? Belluno has never been this alive! Discover the program for “Ferragosto e dintorni” from August 12th to 23rd, and take full advantage of this splendid city.

The Bellunese who remain in the city for the Ferragosto period will be able to rediscover less known corners of the historical center that are not always open. Tourists and visitors will have an opportunity to get to know and appreciate the environmental, humanistic and cultural resources of our city.


The City of Belluno, in collaboration with the Officine della Cultura, for the fourth consecutive year, is putting on “Ferragosto e dintorni,” a festival for the rediscovery and appreciation of the historical-artistical-environmental heritage of the city through the organization of an event series that will enliven the cultural sites and urban spaces from August 12th to 23rd. The calendar, full of choices, includes concerts, musical theater performances, dance, guided tours, all with themes of the city and its monuments.



From Monday August 8th to Friday August 12th

3:00pm – 6:00pm – Palazzetto dello Sport


organized by Korarte dance

For information on prices and times: 349 6055790 – 380 7251421

Or email

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From Friday August 19th to Tuesday August 23rd

10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm –

Teatro Comunale


organized by SlowMachine

Aimed at actors or people with some experience in theater

Information and registration: 328 9252116 /


 Program of Events

 FRIDAY August 12

Guided tour
8:00p – Piazza Duomo – Entrance at the escalators

organized by C.T.G.

Stories of gossip and noir on the streets and piazzas of downtown.

Free event


SATURDAY August 13

Showtimes: 12:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm – Gardens of Piazza Martiri

Contemporary dance performance by Laura Zago

With Costanza De Bona, Giorgio Tollot, Laura Zago, Susanna Cro and participants from the CONTACT IMPROVISATION workshop.

Composition and live music from the cellist Laura Biseglia
Free event


9:00PM – Cloister of the
Gregoriano Seminary

Concert dedicated to Franco Fiabane
with the participation of: Kerson Leong, violin. Lucio Degani, Chiara Parrini, violins. Giancarlo Di Vicari, viola. Gianantonio Viero, cello. Leonardo Colonna, double bass
Tickets: Belluno, at GONE Viaggi, Galleria Caffi
0437 942726


SUNDAY August 14

3:30 pm – 6:00pm
– Church of San Pietro
organized by Associazione Campedel

Free event


9:00pm – Midnight
– Piazza dei Martiri
The piazza will fill up with argentine tango enthusiasts coming from all over Veneto who will tear it up dancing to the notes of tango broadcast via radio in the whole historical center.

In case of bad weather, the event will relocate to the atrium of the Teatro Comunale.
Free event



MONDAY August 15


Urban hiking3 hours long
5:15pm – Entrance at the escalators – Piazza Duomo

organized by the tour guide Marta Azzalini

The route twists and turns from Piazza Duomo to the places of ancient factories where they worked on iron, wool and grains. Following along the long path of the Ardo creek, going as far as the Prà village, at Piazza San Lucano and from there it arrives to Piave village, the historical port of the city. Between stores of log driving and ancient bridges, the tour heads to Busighel where Bellunese swords were forged, and until Gregoriano Seminary, where in the cloister refreshments await us, offered by Associazione Campedel. The itinerary is for all ages.

In the case of light rain, the tour will still happen.

Reservations required by phone 348 2791289 or by email, by August 13th.
50 participants maximum

Free event


 TUESDAY August 16

Guided tour

5:00pm – Piazza Duomo – Entrance at the escalators

organized by C.T.G.
Walking tour with guided tours from San Rocco Church to the Chapel of the Madonna della Salute in il Monte di Pietà by way of hidden gardens of the city

 WEDNESDAY August 17


 From 9:00am to 12:00pm and 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Free entrance


Hours: 4:00pm and 5:15pm
– In front of Museo Civico

Historic walks in the city with Marco Perale

The transfer of the Museum allows us to focus on the evolution of its role in the last 140 years

Free event



Guided tours with the curator Denis Ton

Hours: 5:00pm and 5:45pm – Museo Civico

Free event



Buffet kindly offered by Bar Duomo

6:30pm – Portico del Museo




Hours: 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm – Cloister of Fulcis Palace · special opening
Video: Nicola De Bon; musical accompaniment Paolo Fornasier

Reservation requires via email by Monday August 15th: or by phone 0437 913191-913442 by Friday August 12th

In case of bad weather, the event will take place at Teatro Comunale at 9:00pm without the need to make a reservation.
Free event



FRIDAY August 19

Urban hikingabout 3 hours long
– Entrance at the escalators – Piazza Duomo

organized by the tour guide Isabella Pilo

In a guided tour the visitors will discover Dino Buzzati in his hometown. The route twists and turns on the streets of the historical center and the first suburban area, reaching Villa Buzzati, the writer’s birthplace and now home to Associazione Villa Buzzati-Il Granaio where free refreshments will be offered.

The itinerary is for all ages. In the case of light rain, the tour will still happen.

Reservation required: 338 4480642 (also via SMS or whatsapp) or via email to by August 17th

Free event


– Piazzetta S. Stefano – Cloister of the Agenzia delle Entrate
Concert of recorders of the Scuola Comunale di Musica “Antonio Miari” of Belluno managed by the Conservatory of Vicenza. With: Gregorio Carraro, Sandro Del Duca, Gianpaolo Capuzzo, Marco Rosa Salva. Music by: Mainerio, Merulo, Dalla Casa, Gabrieli.

Free event



SATURDAY August 20

 GINGER&CLOUDSMusical reading
– Terrace of the Astor
with Elena Strada, Rajeev Badhan e Mauro Sommavilla
An unexpected and informal reading, a meeting of mind stories and lived experiences where the taste becomes the principal vehicle for memory…
Taken from the eponymous anthology of di Simone Perotti.

Produced by SlowMachine

From 6:30pm to 8:30pm there will be an aperitivo available, with the theme of ginger

SUNDAY August 21


The digital treasure hunt of DOLOM.IT

From 9:15am to 9:45am registration in the Gardens of Piazza dei Martiri
Starts at 10:00am – Ends at 11:30am

Prize ceremony in Piazza delle Erbe at 12:00pm
Free event – For more information: 349 4376019


From 3:30pm to 6:00pm – San Pietro Church

organized by Associazione Campedel
Free event


8:45pm – Cloister of Istituto Catullo

Dario CARNOVALE, Emersion Trio – 10th Anniversary Concert of the Scuola Comunale di Musica “Antonio Miari” of Belluno managed by the Conservatory of Vicenza
Dario Carnovale, piano. Simone Serafini, double bass and electric bass. Luca Colussi, drums. Music by Dario Carnovale

In case of bad weather the concert will happen in the Magna room of the same place
Free event



MONDAY August 22

– Lambioi – Piave beach
For whoever is curious to see the “artists in action”

Open to all

In case of rain the event will happen under the loggia of the Prefettura



Cantina Malvasia in concert

9:00pm – Garden of Doglioni Dalmas Palace, via Piave c/o Associazione Industriali
A musical voyage that recalls the path of the Italian singer-songwriter from the 1960s until today.

An experience that appreciates the songs not only of commitment, of poetry, but also of humor; the lightness that we have all sung at least once

In case of bad weather the concert will still happen, under the portico of the garden

Free event



TUESDAY August 23


Guided tour

6:00pm – Piazza Duomo – Entrance at the escalators

organized by C.T.G

After the success of the last edition, there will be yet another guided tour of the Teatro Comunale through history, art, technology and secrets

Free event




The digital treasure hunt by DOLOM.IT

Wash houses, fountains, old factories, the Civi Museum, to arrive at the Ardo creek and to the Piave river on the trail of the log drivers: the center of Belluno will no longer have any secrets thanks to the innovative digital treasure hunt by DOLOM.IT. An interactive course inside the izi.TRAVEL app, where teams of players will battle it out for the final prize until the final click. And given that the play does not have an age group, there will be both children and adults getting points, responding to the riddles on their own devices and facing the challenges labeled as #dolmacque!



Download the app from izi.TRAVEL

Find the “DOLOM.IT” course – “Cercatori d’acqua”

Respond to the questions

Take on the competition


DOLOM.IT ( is the virtual museum of the landscape, created entirely by students of the Province of Belluno. Born from an idea of the ISOIPSE association and the hotbed of creativity ADOMultimedia Heritage, the portale began its first section in May 2016 thanks to the contributions of more than 200 students, nine high schools, nine cultural institutions including museums, archives and libraries. #ACQUE is the theme of the 2016 edition, that has received funding from BIM Gestione Servizi Pubblici and BIM Belluno infrastructures.





-Wednesday August 17th-

The day will be dedicatedly entirely to the upcoming inauguration of the new museum at the prestigious Fulcis Palace. Citizens and tourists will have the opportunity to visit the museum for the last time before its relocation. To reflect, accompanied by exports, on its opportunities and challenges offered by the opening of a new museum space, of which the cloister will be accessible for the first time and on an unusual street, for a moving themed event with music and images that recount the relocation from the old to the new museum. The birth of the Civic Museum is indebted to the donation made in part by the Bellunese doctor Antonio Giampiccoli of his own gallery in 1872, which became the foundation of the museum collection. And subsequently others like that of Count Florio Miari, that of scientific materials donated by the provincial council of nature and industry, that of the geologist Tommaso Antonio Catullo, of the ornithologist Angelo Doglioni, of the botanist Alessandro Fracesco Sandi and others. The Board of Jurists palace had just been restored following the earthquake of 1873 when the museum opened to the public in 1876.




Currently the museum houses paintings, sculptures, plaques, bronze works, drawings and prints, the Zambelli-Perale collection of art objects, the jewelry collection of Prosdocimi Bozzoli and the Archeological Collection. The first curator of the museum was Osvaldo Monti, an important figure of the Bellunese world in his time, originally from Belluno. He was responsible for adding the logs of the ancient village of Belluno to the museum’s collection. The museum is currently home to works by Simone da Cusighe, Matteo Cesa, Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Ippollito Caffi and other painters. There are sculptures by Andrea Brustolon and Valentino Panciera Besarel, bronze plaques of Valerio Belli, Cristoforo Caradosso, Moderno, Andrea Riccio and many other works.


The new Civic Museum of Belluno will be located (end of 2016) in entirely renovated spaces, after the conservation and restoration, financed by the Fondazione Cariverona, of the Fulcis Palace complex, that will host exhibition area of around 3000 square meters on five floors. The museum will present itself as the only one in Veneto: the citizen collection displayed in one of the most beautiful 16th century urban buildings of the region, where the dimension of the Palace, with decor including frescos and stuccos, becomes a primary element of attraction, alongside the works of the museum and its historical-artistic collection.




The city of Belluno, in collaboration with the Officine della Cultura, for the fourth consecutive year, is launching “Ferragosto e dintorni”, a festival for the rediscovery and appreciation of the historical-artistic-environmental heritage of the city through the organization of a series of events that will enliven cultural places and urban spaces from August 12th to 23rd.


The calendar, rich with proposals, includes concerts, performance of theater, music and dance, and guided tours focused on the city and its monuments. This year, with the opening of the new museum at the 16th century Fulcis Palace, the festival includes an entire day dedicated to the old and the new museum that will culminate in an enchanting concert in the cloister of the new palace, open in preview, to celebrate the occasion. Special bright moments will be dedicated to families, children and adults with a “technological” treasure hunt thanks to the app Izi.Travel. The Bellunese who stay in the city during the Ferragosto period can rediscover little known corners of the historical center that are not always accessible. Tourists and visitors will have the opportunity to get to know and appreciate the spatial, humanistic and cultural resources offered by our city.



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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.


For more information on Clorofilla visit the 2016 website:  Click Here

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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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The Long Night of the Churches


The Long Night of the Churches

Bellunolanote, in collaboration with Pastorale Giovanile di Belluno-Feltre, is organizing the first edition of “The Long Night of the Churches”, the first sleepless night to take place inside houses of worship of the city!

Bellunolanotte, the civic association led by Stefano Casagrande, always very active and innovative, presents a new type of event: the “Long Night of the Churches,” which brings together culture, art, music and theater in a key of reflection and spirituality. All of which will happen inside the churches of our city! The event is in collaboration with the Pastorale Giovanile Belluno-Feltre and Don Luciano Todesco, who embraced this project.

Friday, June 10th Loreto, Santo Stefano, San Pietro and San Rocco will host events tied to music, theater, chanting, alternating with moments of meditation.

There will even be access to places and rooms usually closed to the public, such as the splendid cloisters, by way of guided tours organized for the event, all in one day.

The map of the churches:

Stefano Casagrande, president of BellunoLaNotte commented on the event:

“It will be a true and real sleepless night! The idea is inspired by the “Lange Nacht Kirche” that has been taking place in Austria for 10 years in nearly 700 churches simultaneously, with the objective of involving the church in the social life of the city, to give a sign of modernity and presence in the community. The hope is that here in Belluno it can be an event that will grow for years to come. For the audience we expect to have not only families and children, but also many young people interested in art and culture, who, moreover, will be actively captivated for the entire day; and perhaps even some tourists will arrive! We are hoping to involve the many civic associations that have been active in culture for years and can thus, hopefully, help with promotion. We have already received sponsorship from the City and Province of Belluno, as well as the Region of Veneto, that realized the importance of the event.”

The program is ready and will be detailed in the coming days. But the first names confirmed are all of renowned and important professionals, leaders in their fields: Anna Olivier, who will also be the Artistic Director of the entire event, in a religious theatrical performance together with Giulia Corradi. And then the singer-songwriter Giorgio Fornasier, Maria Grazia Feltre and Stefano Emmi with a religious opera, a musician duet: Chiara Gasparotto on the harp and Angelo Martin on the oboe, the Scuola Miari with Mirko Ballico in an organ concert, Paolo Fornasier in a concert for pianoforte and finally we can’t leave out the electronic music, like with GizA DJs. There will also be the Coro Minimo, Voci dai Cortivi and the Bellunese Choral Group. Many more performers will be announced in the coming days.

At the same time, the official Facebook page launched: Lunga Notte delle Chiese, where you can find all of the updated information and news that will follow in the next few days. It will be possible to download the program.



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Villa Montalban, at the foot of Mount Serva

A villa that tells the story of heroic knights, moments of true magnificence of the story of Belluno, the very difficult period of Austrian-German invasion and that today hosts cultural and sport events. 

All of the Bellunesi know where Villa Montalban is, a bit because it is one of the architectural treasures of Belluno, but also because it is often the theater for big parties that bring together many people, as well as cultural activities and sports events.

Today we want to tell you the history of this isolated villa that sits on a flat terrain and behind which, like a boundless and dark scenery, rises the steep and wooded southern face of Mount Serva.

We do not know the exact date of the construction of the villa, nor who was the architect of the project. Over the years various theories have been created to answer this question, nevertheless the opinion most shared is that it was built in the first half of the 1600s.

However what is certain is that the compound was commissioned by the famous Fulcis family, one of the richest and most powerful of Belluno, who over centuries built various buildings in the historical center of Belluno and other villas in the countryside.  Do you know why the Fulcis family was so rich? Thanks to military activity. Many members of this family, in fact, were Jerusalem knights active in the wars against the Turks, which could guarantee the Fulcis family would have had numerous and influential friendships even outside of the Bellunese region.

Of the Fulcis family we said: but then why is it called Villa Montalban? We will explain right away. After the death of the last descendant of the Fulcis family, Fulcio Fulcis, which actually happened at the villa, the property of the estate was passed to the grandson Damiano Miari, prior to the use of the double surname Miari-Fulcis; a few years later however, by way of marriage, he was succeeded by the Montalban counts. The mystery is solved! Even if it is to say that the full name of the villa would be Fulcis-Montalban, however it is known to all by only its second name.

But let’s get back to the features of the villa. You must know that at the height of its splendor this Bellunese pearl controlled a vast agricultural property: take note that the land extended from the village of Sargnano until Andreane, and from the slopes of the Serva to as far as the Piave river. Today the property of the villa is notably reduced and includes “only” 7 hectares; furthermore the land surrounding the villa no longer conserves the original statues and fountains.

Really, because the land in front of the villa was certainly not as we see it today. Try to imagine how it must have been arriving in front of a carriage in the golden age: before the eyes of the visitor is revealed a long street with gates, picturesquely lined up with the southern edge of the villa, that open to a suggestive path that ends in the courtyard, turning around the fountain and then going down in front of the portico of the entrance. It is not by chance that Villa Montalban is considered “perhaps the best example of typical monuments built in the Bellunese valley” (Alpago Novello), and this is for two reasons: to demonstrate the wealth of the family, but also to celebrate their military victories.

The structure, externally simple and linear, on the inside once guarded precious decorations that today are mostly lost.

On the facade of the villa are two large painted crests that show the broad-winged eagle of the Fulcis with the star of the Knights of Malta, the claws at an enemy. All around military trophies, canons and flags. Below each of these crests is a sundial.

Villa Montalban during World War I, however, and in particular during the Austro-German invasion of 1917-1918, was seriously damaged and thus abandoned, becoming subject to vandalism until the 1930s.

Later on the villa was acquired by the Pontifica Opera di Assistenza that transformed it for community use; in 1958 there was significant restoration work and finally in 1976 the entire estate was acquired by the City of Belluno. In recent years it has been home to a professional school, sports clubs and cultural events.

A quirk: the villa hosted the marshal Massena in 1799, the viceroy Eugenio Napoleon in 1809, Victor Emmanuel III and Elena of Savoy in 1903.

Info: Istituto Regionale per le Ville Venete (1998), Ville Venete – Itinerari fra Veneto e Friuli, Venezia, Marsilio Editori



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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.


Source: Belluno, storia architettura arte, by Gigetto De Bortoli, Andrea Moro and Flavio Vizzuti.

Photo by Giorgio Simonetto.