A place that bears the signs of the Vajont disaster
In the province of Belluno, in a territory along the Piave Valley, there is Longarone, a municipality included in the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites known for the immense tragedy that has hit it. Already populated in Roman times, as evidenced by the remains of a communication artery and some Roman tombs, it became a bishopric in the late Middle Ages, then of the Scaligeri, the Da Carrara and the Visconti and finally of the Republic of Venice in 1420.
In Napoleonic times Longarone was elevated to a municipality and in 1866 was annexed to Italy. During the First World War Longarone was the scene of a famous battle and here, in 1959, the first Ice Cream Fair was born: Longarone is still today home to the International Exhibition of Artisanal Ice Cream.
One of the events that unfortunately makes this municipality more famous is the Vajont disaster of 1963: a landslide detached from Mount Toc fell into the basin of the Vajont dam, causing a wave that overwhelmed the country below destroying it. A disaster that you can retrace in the Longarone Vajont Museum Moments of history.
Don't miss the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata, the ancient Church of Saints Quirico and Giulitta and the Rocca di Castellavazzo.