The great Belluno writer and journalist Dino Buzzati loved to return often to his Belluno, to be near “his mountains”. Located here is his birthplace and the landscapes that so inspired him that we often read about in his works. Among his favourite routes was what has now become a trail dedicated to him. Starting just outside the centre of Belluno, from the place where he was born, is an easy route of just over 8 kilometres that heads toward Giaon di Limana.
A mule track climbs among the trees and wayside shrines of the Way of the Cross of Our Lady of Paré, soon arriving at the gates of the sanctuary of the same name. The path then continues in the direction of Valpiana where it crosses the ancient wayside shrine of Laste, said to have inspired Buzzati’s stories, and the sanctuary of San Pietro in Tuba, finally reaching the mountain shelter of the Alpini in Valpiana.
The panoramic views of the Valbelluna area and the Dolomites, the Schiara group, and Monte Serva are spectacular. “His mountains”. From there it is possible to return on the same path as before or continue to Valmorel, a place much loved by the writer.
An alternative route that, after a steep dirt road, rejoins the main trail at Our Lady of Parè shrine. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful vistas, and it won’t be difficult to recognise the settings of stories and the landscapes the writer wrote about, such as the setting of the “Miracles of Val Morel” or the spiritual, almost magical wilderness described in the “Secret of the Old Woods.”
Retrace the places dear to Dino Buzzati, discover the sights that inspired him, immerse yourself in nature and the stories created by the writer in a perfect alchemy between reality and fantasy.
“Every summer, when I go back to our country house here just a stone’s throw from Belluno, I go out in the morning, through the meadow in front of the house, and when I get to the bottom, I turn around. That is when I see the Schiara, the mountain of my life”