The peaks of Veneto
An introduction to some of the most beautiful peaks of the region
A journey taking us through the rolling hills of the Marca Trevigiana up to the mountainous areas of sun-drenched magic, encountering art and nature, history and legend.
FIRST AND SECOND DAY
The first thing which strikes the visitor to Treviso is the omnipresent equilibrium of the city, with the calm flowing of its waters, and the procession of ancient palazzi and weeping willows reflected on the shimmering emerald surface of its canals.
The city, demarcated by the rivers Sile and Cagnan, offers in a certain sense the “ideal stroll” through the cultural values of the region, a long way from the concept of mass tourism yet at the same time providing numerous marvels of nature and art: a tranquil and stress-free approach to the riches of the region.
Our tour begins along the main street, Calmaggiore, which contains many structures from the Medieval and Renaissance epochs.
This leads us to Piazza dei Signori, a space outside time which is Treviso’s most loved public face and where we find the symbol of the historical centre of the town: the romanesque Palazzo dei Trecento.
Also to be seen are the Casa dei Carraresi and the Loggia dei Cavalieri, the Duomo and the Malchiostro chapel, and the churches of S. Vito and S. Lucia, S. Francesco and S. Niccolò.
We round off the tour at the Museo Civico 'Luigi Bailo' where we can admire masterpieces by G. Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian and J. Bassano.
We move on to Feltre, where we encounter breathtaking scenery: situated in a sunny valley in the Valbelluna, east of the river Piave and at the foothills of the Dolomites and the Feltrine peaks.
This is the largest centre after the capital Belluno.
Venice gave it its present aspect, as repayment for the loyalty demonstrated during the Wars of the Leauge of Cambrai, when the city was razed to the ground.
Thus a new city was born, with elegant palaces, spectacular squares, porticoes and loggia and the frescoed house-fronts bear witness to name of “painted city”.
The main street, Via Mezzaterra, is lined with typical Renaissance houses (with pointed roofs to protect against snow):
This leads us to the magnificent Piazza Maggiore which offers a splendid view of the castle remains, the church of San Rocco and the 16th century fountain of Tullio Lombardo.
Via Lorenzo Luzzo, one of the streets leading off the piazza, and named after a celebrated local artist, continues the trail of Renaissance palazzi. The Museo Civico is also found here.
THIRFOURTH AND FIFTH DAY
We first visit the urban heart of this mountainous region, known to the Celts as belo-dunum or “city of splendour”.
Belluno represents a sort of self-contained world within the magic of this alpine region.
Of ancient origin (it was also a Roman municipium), today’s city manifests the traces of its Renaissance era and the period of Venetian rule, together with invaluable Medieval testimony.
We visit the ancient Porta Rugo (12th century) and the typical Venetian-Gothic style palazzi of which the old city, perched on top of its rocky outcrop, abounds in. An example of this style is the Palazzo dei Rettori.
Our visit moves on to the chruch of Santo Stefano, and the 16th century Duomo of Tullio Lombardo, famous for its 69-metre high campanile designed by Filippo Juvara, and considered one of the finest examples of Baroque clocktowers in Italy. Inside we find works by Jacopo Bassano, Palma il Giovane and Andrea Brustolon, the famous local sculptor and engraver.
Lastly we visit the Museo Civico to admire the masterpieces of Jacopo da Montagna and Bartolomeo Montagna, and the Piazza del Mercato which displays sumptuous Renaissance colonnades and decoration and a fountain dating back to 1410.
Bellunese Dolomite s National Park
To conclude this itinerary we move into the unspoilt natural wonders of the Bellunese Dolomites National Park: 32,000 hectares of stunning views and natural splendours.
Here we can admire the vast range of natural environments and the magnificent fauna: here we are in the domain of the golden eagle, an almost mythical creature owing to its elegance, nobility and rarity.
Our trip includes the highest regions of the altopiano with its breathtaking natural aspect, though also takes in the more accessible valley areas, rich in waterfalls and mountain torrents.
The most rewarding season to visit here is the summer, with its myriad flowers carpeting the mountains and fields.
We visit Val Canzoi, the potholes of the Brenton in Val de Mis, Certosa di Vedana, and the former mine of Valle Imperina.
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH DAY
Cadore promises beauty wherever the eye falls.
An ancient region full of history and the natural beauty of the massifs, valleys and lakes present.
The area includes the most widely-known tourist destinations of Auronzo, Misurina, Pieve (birthplace of the painter Titian), and Calalzo, all provided with modern facilities for sports, excursions in the stunning landscape, cultural events and much more.
The area of Cadore, the most northerly part of the province of Belluno, offers one of the most beautiful alpine zones in the whole of Italy.
It covers around 1,500 km2 and consists of 22 comunes, filled with a wealth of natural and artistic wonders.
The natural riches of the region consist of forests of fir, beech and larch, whose prized timber provides the greatest source of income for the zone.
Since the Second World War Cadore the manufacture of eyeglasses has become the characteristic industrial activity of Cadore.
Tourism remains however the most important sector of the economy of Cadore, and throughout the year: during the winter months the mountains offer some of the most suggestive views of the Dolomites, and are equipped with piste and facilities catering for all levels.
During the summer months, thanks to its numerous footpaths, Cadore allows a glimpse of another natural face, rich and luxuriant, with lakes, forests, and thick carpets of flowers, places where it is easy to encounter the typical animal life of the area.
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