Il Fiume Piave a Belluno

Along the river Piave


The Piave, “sacred river of the homeland” is the guiding element of this journey. From the Carnian Alps, at its source, it crosses the Belluno region, passing into Treviso, and finally reaches the Adriatic Sea a few kilometres from Venice. The flow of its waters will accompany you on an exciting journey in discovery of the UNESCO World Heritage treasures in this strip of land in Veneto.

 

When it enters the Veneto region, Piave flows close to the largest of the nine dolomite systems awarded UNESCO World Heritage status: the Northern Dolomites. Here, you can find some of the most majestic alpine peaks, including the spectacular Antelao, “King of the Dolomites”, which, at 3,264 metres, is the second highest peak after Marmolada.

Moving down into the Prealpine region, the Piave crosses the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, included among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2019 for the beauty and value of the cultural landscape. This area produces the most famous fizz in the world: Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Further reason to stop off at the numerous wine cellars in the area.

Where the hills of Treviso start to flatten out into the plain, the Venetian nobility built their splendid country villas. Even Andrea Palladio worked in this area and there are three Palladian Villas: UNESCO World Heritage sites located a short distance from the river Piave: Villa Barbaro in Maser, Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago and the less well-known Villa Zeno in Cessalto.

Finally the river reaches the Adriatic Sea. Few people know that it was Venetian engineers who diverted its course by moving the mouth further east, to prevent the lagoon from being buried. Thus tour reaches the final UNESCO site, Venice and its lagoon, an mastery of urban planning that has no need for introductions, situated in a unique natural environment.