This weekend we visited Belluno, located in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is a charming, picturesque city nestled in the Dolomite mountain region about 100 kilometers north of Venice. As in most places in Italy, every where you turn you see history, but here it’s palatable. From the frescoes that span the ceilings above the walkways where shops and restaurants now lay, to the ruins of a castle dated to the 1500′s.
On the day we went a little market was taking place and we’ve become quite fond of these visiting markets because you can sometimes discover things you wouldn’t normally find in northern Italy, like Mexican food and really good cannolis.
Picturesque mountain vistas can be seen all around.
Lovely art can in the most mundane places.
This old iron work decorated a window. I love fleur de lis, so of course I had to capture it.
The air around this produce stand smelled like heaven.
It is important to know that while shopping at fruit and vegetable stands in Italy it is considered rude to touch the fruit. The vendor will collect and bag the produce of your choice.
These were delectable. I’ve not been entirely fond of the deserts I’ve tried in northern Italy (aside from the gelato).
But give this girl a true Sicilian cannoli and I am all smiles.
No the vendor was not wearing gloves. No I did no care.
The Church behind us bells’ were ringing as my little guy captured this photo.
Hearing the Church bells chime is one of my favorite things about living in Italy.
When in Italy, one can’t help but think about the layers of living and life these old buildings have seen.
Babbling fountains are speckled throughout the city.
You could almost reach out and touch the Dolomite mountains…
I’m in the minority in Italy as I do not own a bicycle.
I love Italian architecture when it comes complete with the lovey green patina I’m so very fond of.
Italian mail boxes make me want to write a letter the old fashioned way.
Castle ruins. Doesn’t it look like someplace a fairy should live now?
I captured all of these photos using my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. (one of my favorites - f you’d like to know the lens, film, combo I used for any of these pictures feel free to inbox me a note or catch me on Twitter @nicky_olea) I shared them via Instagram.