Belluno is well worth visiting, thanks to its old town centre, the crown of surrounding mountains, the Piave river that runs through it, the historical buildings, monuments and fountains, and the precious civic museum. It is the only capital town in Italy whose territory is within the boundaries of a national park, that of the Dolomiti Bellunesi. Moreover, the Dolomites are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In order to better appreciate the old town centre, Belluno proposes five thematical walks that allow the visitor to discover its beauty in a targeted way with three itineraries that explore the nucleus of the historical centre and two others that widen the visit from the immediate heart of the town to the adjoining area characterized by the architecture of the early ‘900s and to the very close Piave river.
Five Walks in the city centre
- Purple Walk, “Zattieri”: from Piazza dei Martiri to Porta Rugo.
- Yellow Walk, “900”: from Palasport to via Garibaldi.
- Blue Walk, “Dino Buzzati”: from Train Station to piazza Duomo.
- Red Walk, “Dolomiti”: from piazza Piloni to Piazza Duomo.
- Green Walk, “Sebastiano Ricci”: from Lambioi park to Porta Rugo.
Cover photo by Manuele Sangalli
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… Continue reading Blue walk: Dino Buzzati
Twentieth century architecture Proceed from the Palasport parking area towards via De Stefani, a residential street with its turn-of-the century villas and condominiums, and turn into the tree-lined viale Fantuzzi. Then proceed along via Caffi, with its Liberty-style buildings designed by the Belluno architect Riccardo Alfaré. After the garage Tonegutti Bellotti (1922), and the garage Bacchetti(1913),… Continue reading Yellow walk: 900
In sight of the mountains From Piazza Piloni, where the Visitor Centre of the Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi (Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park) is situated, your itinerary takes you down via Carrera to Palazzo Fulcis (back view), the Chiostro dei Serviti and the fifteenth-century church of St. Stephen with works by Matteo Cesa, Cesare Vecellio and… Continue reading Red walk: Dolomiti
The colours of Sebastiano Ricci Your itinerary begins in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) where the city’s religious and secular symbols stand side-by-side. After crossing the square, you can admire the eighteenth-century Palazzo dei Giuristi (the Palace of the Jurists) on your right, which houses the municipal museum, an archeological collection and an art gallery… Continue reading Green Walk: Sebastiano Ricci
The riverside walk Commencing from Piazza dei Martiri, your itinerary continues down via Sottocastello and past the old walls of the city with a panorama of the Piave valley stretching out before you. Near to the river stand the Ponte della Vittoria (1926) and the remains of Ponte Vecchio (1841) (the old bridge) in the… Continue reading Purple walk: Zattieri