Vodo di Cadore

The surrounding territory is also known as Oltrechiusa, because it is uphill of the Chiusa fort in Venas di Cadore.
The traditional townscape is still evident in the architecture of the Town Hall and elementary school buildings and the roots of even more distant traditions are now scattered but still alive among the wooded slopes that surround the residential part of the town. Many taulà, the old buildings of wood and brickwork doubling as both haylofts and homes, some of them genuine masterpieces of carpentry, still nestle among the Alpine flora of the Belluno Dolomites. Almost all the residents of Vodo own one of these buildings where they spend their weekends relaxing in the bosom of Mother Nature.

Vodo di Cadore lies in the valley of the Boite mountain stream, at an altitude of 910 metres above sea level, between the Dolomite massifs of Pelmo and Antelao, less than two hours by car from Venice. 
Tradition and historic values also imbue the atmosphere of the Vinigo neighbourhood of Vodo di Cadore, above the village Peaio. Vinigo is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the Cadore Valley, and its spectacularly scenic position has given it the nickname of The Terrace over the Dolomites. This fertile little high plain still boasts an impressive array of agriculture with crops ranging from flowers, fruit and vegetables to cereals. One of Vinigo’s most famous crops is the cabbage known as Cavolo Cappuccio.
Among the items of artistic heritage are the altar pieces and frescoes in the Church of Giovanni Battista in Vinigo, a designated national monument controlled by the heritage authority La Sovrintendenza di Venezia. Vodo is also famous as the birthplace of G.P. Talamini, founder of Il Gazzettino, the Veneto region’s daily newspaper, whose house is in the main street of the town.
Vodo is a thriving hub of gastro-culture, a favoured destination for dedicated foodies.
Plenty of sports and leisure activities are available in this area. Italian and foreign mountain-bikers make a beeline for the cycle trail La Lunga Via delle Dolomiti and hikers can choose from a number of summertime hiking trails, some more challenging than others. A favourite winter activity is hiking on snow shoes with trails heading for the plains of Ciauta, the Talamini and Venezia Refuges, to Becco di Cuzze and many more besides. Some interesting hikes can be taken from the village of Vinigo, an easy one on fairly flat terrain leads to the old mill, or there are more demanding trails leading to the Galassi and Antelao refuges, linking with Altavia 4 and 5.

 

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