The Belluno province of Italy lies in the Venito region, a little north of Venice, and is a mainly mountainous province, where the snow capped peaks of the southern Alps dominate the skyline. Wonderfully natural and amazingly picturesque, a holiday rental property in Belluno is a great place to escape to for a little while, far from the hustle of everyday life and with a real emphasis on fine food and good living.
Belluno is a tale of two seasons. During the summer months, Belluno accommodation is filled with visitors looking to explore the Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi and the rest of the Dolomites. There are infinite walking routes to tackle, and for serious walking holidays, a private Belluno holiday rental is the only way to get the freedom, flexibility, space and comfort you will undoubtedly need after a testing day in the mountains. Cycling holidays also thrive in the Dolomites and Belluno, but the cycling and mountain biking is not for the feint-hearted!
The reliable winds that blow through the mountains are perfect for launching hang gliders and paragliders, as well as for windsurfing on Lake Santa Croce, which has to be one of the highest windsurfing locations in Europe. Summer is also a great time for golf in Belluno. There is a stunning 18 hole golf course on the Cansiglio Plateau, as well as many others in the lower regions of Belluno Province.
The winter months see Belluno turned into snow sports wonderland. The ski resorts of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Misurini and Civetta offer some fearsome downhill skiing, as well as a huge range of water sports facilities from ski jumps to bob-sleigh runs.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is an outdoor sports haven of the highest quality. As one of Venito’s most important sporting centres, the facilities available for use are absolutely world class, from the Olympic Ice Stadium to swimming pools, ski slopes to mountain biking courses. The town itself is very attractive, located high in the Dolomites, and with excellent access for walking, mountain biking, skiing and mountain climbing. During the winter months, Cortina d’Ampezzo buzzes with skiers and snowboarders looking to conquer the almost infinite pistes, while the summer months see walkers, mountain bikers and climbers flocking to Belluno accommodation here.
The climate of Belluno can be highly erratic due to the mountainous nature of the region, but you can rest assured that any rain will disappear as suddenly as it started. In general, the winters see average monthly temperatures hovering around 2°C, with snow common from mid December until February. The spring and summer months are wonderful however, with mild temperatures turning the area into a lush landscape of colour.
Venice International Airport (VCE), otherwise known as the Venice Marco Polo Airport, is the most useful entry point for reaching a self catering Belluno property. Located on the mainland, Venice Airport is just over 100km from the region, and hire cars in readily available. Finding a cheap flight to Venice direct from the UK is easy, with a vast range of airlines offering flights from almost every corner of the country.