The mountain taken seriously: Belluno and the Dolomites of Piero Rossi

The Bellunese Culture and Press Club pays tribute to the multifaceted character, Bellunese by adoption, with a macro project full of initiatives

Events - published on 06 October 2023


Source: press office Bellunese Culture and Press Club


Belluno, 5 October 2023 – “The Mountain taken seriously: Belluno and the Dolomites of Piero Rossi” is the title of the macro-project presented today by Circolo Cultura e Stampa Bellunese ( Bellunese Culture and Press Club) at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno | Dolomites, supporter of the initiative. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Veneto Region, the Province of Belluno, the Municipality of Belluno, the association ASCOM Belluno, the Belluno Dolomites National Park, the Municipality of Alpago, the Municipality of Cesiomaggiore, and the Belluno CAI Section.

The project, –  explained the president of the Club, Luigino Boito,  – was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the death of Piero Rossi, a character, Bellunese by adoption, who was a mountaineer, writer, photographer, creator of the famous hiking route Alta Via n. 1, as well as one of the founding souls of the Belluno Dolomites National Park and director of the association ASCOM Belluno. The events we have planned will create a territorial synergy between various entities, starting from the knowledge and enhancement of local historical and cultural riches through the multifaceted figure of Piero Rossi.

The will of the Chamber of Commerce, which supports the project “The mountain taken seriously: Belluno and the Dolomites by Piero Rossi”  is to work on changing the perception of our territories, –  points out the President of the Chamber of Commerce of TrevisoBelluno|Dolomites Mario Pozza, – by proposing to Italian and foreign tourists, beauties that we define as minor, only because they are known by few, although they are absolutely interesting. We aim to change the way of interpreting and experiencing, with unconditional respect, these places capable of expressing culture, history and life stories, in the enchantment of their beauty.

The initiative, as Marta Azzalini, project manager for the Club explained, aims to highlight the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the Belluno area, between the Dolomites and the Pre-Alps, with particular reference to the Valbelluna, creating renewed interest in lesser-known locations. This rediscovery may have a further spin-off in the social sphere, rethinking these places also as sites of settlement in the perspective of the ‘return to the villages’ that has developed in the wake of the pandemic.

Here is the programme:

  • Belluno, Aula Magna of the Gregorian Seminary, 20 October 2023, 6 p.m.
    Lecture ‘Herbarium. Medicinal Plants of the Dolomites”.
    A journey through the biodiversity of medicinal plants between the Valbelluna and the Dolomites by Dr Ernesto Riva


  • Val Medon, 22 October 2023 (if bad weather postponed to 29 October), 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
    Excursion to discover Val Medon, organised by the nature guide Flora Rossi
    Route with meeting point at the “Al Mulino” Restaurant car park in the Ardo Valley, to discover Val Medon and reach the famous Olt. Registration required


  • Belluno, Palazzo Bembo, 4 November – 3 December 2023
    Exhibition “The mountain taken seriously: Belluno and the Dolomites by Piero Rossi”.
    A “Dolomite” biography reconstructed through correspondence and mountaineering drawings from the collection of the publisher Bepi Pellegrinon.


  • Belluno, lower Ardo Valley, 5 and 26 November 2023
    Free historical and artistic guided tours for families, tourists and citizens
    Routes to discover and learn about the history of the lower Ardo Valley between the Schiara Dolomite group and the city through the descriptions in Piero Rossi’s historic book on Belluno. Compulsory enrolment


  • Belluno, Gregorian Seminary, Tuesday 7 November, 8.30 p.m.
    Documentary screening ‘Torrente Ardo: the wild at the gates of the city’
    A nature documentary made by the Belluno Ciak Cultural Association showing the entire course of the Ardo, from its source at the foot of the Schiara, inside the Belluno Dolomites National Park, to its mouth in the Piave River.


  • Belluno, Aula Magna Gregorian Seminary, 17 November 2023, 8.30 p.m.
    Conference “Dalla Schiara al Parco tra viaz e cenge”, by Giuliano Dal Mas, Federica Beccaro and Loris Trevisan
    An itinerary between the Dolomite walls of the Schiara and the exciting historical routes through the Belluno Dolomites National Park.


  • Belluno, Teatro Comunale, 18 November 2023, 8.45 p.m.
    Show “Franciscus: the madman who spoke to the birds”, by and with Simone Cristicchi
    The Franciscan story linked to nature in the most universal sense.


  • Cesiomaggiore, Pradenich, 19 November 2023, 5.30 p.m.
    Concert “Silenzi alpini”, organised by the Belluno Philharmonic Orchestra 1867
    A musical journey dedicated to composers who have described mountain landscapes with notes.


  • Ponte nelle Alpi, Piccolo Teatro Pierobon di Paiane, 24 November 2023, 8.45 p.m.
    Performance “Acquando? La Piave tra respiro e realtà. From Comisso to Franzin” by and with Sandro Buzzatti
    A “melologue, or rather the interface and fusion – in counterpoint – between the recited word and music” through the words of writers who have narrated the Piave.


  • Puos d’Alpago, Youth House, 1 December 2023, 8.45 p.m.
    Theatrical reading with passages dedicated to the mountains by Piero Rossi, Bepi Mazzotti, Dino Buzzati…, organised by Sandro Buzzatti with the Code di bosco choir
    A performance that weaves together literature and music, narrating the landscapes of the Dolomites.


  • Cesiomaggiore, Seravella, Ethnographic Museum, 2 December 2023, 5.30 p.m.
    Belluno Dolomites between myth and geology, by Dr. Geol. Manolo Piat
    The Dolomites are known the world over for their unique landscapes and environments, but what also makes them special are the varied tales through which our ancestors tried to explain what they observed in everyday mountain life. Today, scientific interpretation leaves little room for the more romantic aspects of the oral tradition, but for those who study the area, folklore accounts are still an important source of information and ideas for research.


  • Belluno, Aula Magna Gregorian Seminary, 15 December 2023, 8.30 p.m.
    Conference ‘The First Dolomite Road’, organised by the Belluno CAI (Italian Alpine Club)
    Moderator: Bepi Casagrande; speakers: Gabriele Arrigoni (former President of CAI Belluno), Martino Casagrande, Sandro Mazzon


  • Place and date to be confirmed
    The Alta Via Dolomiti Bellunesi, organised by the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park Authority (in collaboration with the CAI sections)
    An appointment to walk some new stages of this famous route.


  • Autumn 2023
    Volume “Belluno” by Piero Rossi
    Revision with an insert dedicated to an in-depth study of Belluno by Prof. Francesco Piero Franchi



Project Partners

Lead partner
Circolo Cultura e Stampa Bellunese

In collaboration with
Chamber of Commerce Treviso-Belluno|Dolomites

Partners and sponsors
Veneto Region
Province of Belluno
Municipality of Belluno
ASCOM Belluno (Association of Commerce, Tourism, Services, and SMEs)
Belluno Dolomites National Park
Municipality of Alpago
Municipality of Cesiomaggiore
CAI Belluno Section ( Italian Alpine Club)


Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento
Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

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