The Province of Belluno PDF Print E-mail


The Province of  Belluno is spread across a provincial territory of 3,678 square km, for the most part mountainous. With the result that it is the largest province in Veneto, but also the least populated with only 212,243 inhabitants. To the east, it borders the provinces of Pordenone and Udine (in the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia), to the south with the Provinces of Treviso and Vicenza, and to the west with the Provinces of Trento and Bolzano (in the Region of Trentino-Alto Adige). And finally Austria borders to the north. The River Piave and some of its tributaries, the waterfalls Boite and Cordevole, represent its main waterways. Agriculture is restricted to some sectors of excellence such as the cultivation of beans on the high plains of  Lamon (Fagiolo di Lamon della Vallata Bellunese).

In the Bellunese region, one of the major industrial centres for eyewear can be found, with the presence of companies such as Luxottica, Marcolin, Gruppo De Rigo and Safilo. All of these businesses contribute not only to the local economy, but to that of the entire Italian peninsula. Other industries include industrial refrigeration and the porduction of sanitari.
Another sector of great importance is that of tourism. The province boasts important mountains resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alleghe, Auronzo di Cadore, Falcade, Arabba,
Sappada, Alpe del Nevegal and, in general, the zones of Cadore  and Agordino, which are all extremely popuolar with tourists. There are also some linguistic minorities in the the Province, protected by the provincial statute. They are the Ladine and German speaking minorities.

The Castello di Zumelle, of ancient perhaps Roman origins, is the only fortress to survive in the Val Belluna. Within the walls, there is a keep, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Piave valley, a well and the courtyard. There are many lakes, as you would expect in an Alpine countryside: Lake Santa Croce (for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts), Lake Misurina, Lake della Stua, Lake Centro Cadore,  Auronzo,  Busche, Pontesei, Alleghe, Arsiè, Lago
Ghedina, Lake Coldai, Lake Antorno and Lake Sant'Anna. Not to mention the Dolomites themselves with, among the many mountains, the peaks of Lavaredo, the Marmolada group, Mount Sorapissand and Mount Civetta.


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