Belluno / Italy
Alpine Town of the Year 1999
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Against the impressive backdrop of the Dolomites to the north and the Venetian Prealps to the south, the city of Belluno rises on a hilltop at the confluence of the Ardo and Piave rivers.
It is a city close to the people, offering artistic and natural beauties. Belluno is situated in a valley that has so far been little affected by pollution, not far from paths and woods that always offer new impressions and surprises. Belluno is also the gateway to the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park.
Easily reached by motorway, Belluno is a city of art and culture, where exhibitions and theatre performances are regularly held.
The ability to combine progress with respect for traditions and to face up to its own role as a capital of the mountains and of the Alpine identity – this characterises Belluno, the “Alpine City of the Year 1999”.
The jury said…
Belluno represents the exciting interface between the Alpine and Mediterranean cultures. Belluno is the only mountain province in the Veneto region to have taken important initiatives at national (Italian) level so as to preserve Alpine traditions and identity. As ``Alpine Town of the Year 1999``, Belluno, as a town and province, aims to develop sustainable concepts to stop the rural exodus and increase the survivability of the mountain provinces in Italy and Europe through new ideas and initiatives.