Located on the border of the Belluno and Treviso municipalities, the Cansiglio highland is 1000m above sea level. It is one of the most well-preserved highlands in Italy, popular since prehistory and safeguarded both from a hunting and timber gathering perspective beginning in the Middle Ages.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Cansiglio highland was inhabited by the Cimbri, a population of Bavarian origin (from where they had emigrated in the 10th century) who had relocated from the Asiago highland. The Cimbri became well known in the area for their production of sieves, cheese molds and saws used to fabricate musical instruments.

The Cansiglio highland is dense in wide wood including beeches and Norwegian spruce.

The highland has a calcareous nature, causing subterranean water flow which surfaces at the foot of a wetland where Lago Morto (the dead lake), lake Santa Croce and the sources of the Livenza and Meschio rivers are formed.

Due to its karst topography, many deep gorges formed in the land and became ponds. Legend has it that one of the ponds, called Bus de la Lum (the hole of light), was inhabited by the Anguane (ferocious witches according to Bellunese tradition) who came out of the hole to gather wood, berries and mushrooms or to launder clothes. On some occasions, the witches kidnapped children who found themselves alone in the forest.

The Giro d’Italia (a bicycle race around Italy) has passed through the Cansiglio highland six times- three of which were on the Treviso side of the highland and the other three on the Belluno side.

02 - Altopiano del Cansiglio

Altopiano del Cansiglio - Farra d'Alpago (BL), 32016