Hundreds of paths, forest roads, mule tracks, via ferratas allow us to enter the woods, meadows and rocky mountains of Belluno Dolomites National Park. Established in 1990 and Unesco heritage since 2009, the Park, still little known today, reserves shows of great beauty every day.
What to see in Belluno Dolomites National Park
Belluno Dolomites National Park extends for more than 31 thousand hectares in the southernmost part of Dolomites, within the province of Belluno. What strikes first of all is the great variety of environments: from broad-leaved woods to coniferous forests, from high-altitude shrubs to grasslands, in a territory that develops from 400 to 2500 meters above sea level. It is therefore not surprising that there is so much to do and see inside the park.
A gateway is represented by Lake Mis. Artificial, it takes its name from the river that forms it and fascinates for the perfect combination of colors and for how Monti del Sole are reflected in its water. From here it is then easy to reach the Cadini del Brenton, an enchanting set of small waterfalls that connect a series of caves. Do not miss the Bus del Buson, a suggestive canyon with looming rock walls. There is also the wonderful Cajada forest, also known as the “Bosco della Serenissima”.
Nature offers an incredible spectacle every step you take, leaving you speechless in front of an uncontaminated beauty. But the Belluno Dolomites National Park also preserves fascinating villages, real artistic and historical jewels and enchanting towns. How not to visit Belluno, an enchanting Alpine city with beautiful squares and fascinating buildings? Feltre awaits you with its museums, its theater and its unique atmosphere. Also worth seeing at any cost is the Certosa di Vedana, a beautiful monastic complex, and the Mines of Valle Imperina, an ancient mining center that marked the history of these places.
The animals you can meet while walking in the park
The great variety of environments allows the Park to host a rich fauna. 115 species of birds, 3,000 chamois and more than 2,000 roe deer, 100 species of butterflies make these places even more fascinating.
The flowers and trees of Belluno Dolomites National Park
One of the main scientific reasons for the birth of the Belluno Dolomites National Park is the great wealth and rarity of its flora. Since 1700, important botanists from all over the world went to these places to discover rare and native species. Rhododendrons, thistles, edelweiss and 1000 other wonderful species await you.
The flavors you must taste in the villages and towns
Radicchio, cheeses from alpine farm, polenta, roe deer meat, casunziei ravioli, pumpkin and grappa: the Belluno table does not disappoint anyone, combining the rustic character of mountain with pure and simple flavors.
Your green stay in the park
In Belluno Dolomites National Park you will find numerous eco-sustainable accommodation facilities. For example, there is Casa Novecento, in Feltre, the B&B Terra e Nubi which offers free bikes, the welcoming Villa Chele, the Altonon Hostel and the Tiny House of the B&B Giardini dell’Ardo in Belluno.
The hike trails you can’t miss
The Park is crossed by the Alte Vie delle Dolomiti n. 1 and n. 2, a network of over 200 kilometers of CAI trails and numerous other routes. Starting from Val Canzoi you can reach the Feltre bivouac, on the tracks of the chamois and through breathtaking landscapes. The via ferratas of the Schiara are wonderful, but very demanding. For the less experienced, on the other hand, I recommend the C.A.I. No. 523.