Cibiana di Cadore is a tiny municipality of only 450 inhabitants, perched 985 metres above sea level and protected by towering peaks, in the province of Belluno dominated by the Mount Rite in the heart of Dolomites, 20 km from the famous Cortina d’Ampezzo, it is almost hidden from the world. Largely untouched by rampant commercialism and mass tourism, this place is a little jewel of authenticity, where the people still revel in the simple mountain life as it has been lived for centuries. Traditional cottages, some dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and cobbled streets that seem to cling precariously to the valley slopes create just the right atmosphere in which to explore its rustic treasures.
One of the main attractions of Cibiana are the murals from which it takes its nickname The Town of the Murals. These paintings by well-respected artists decorate the houses throughout the village, telling its story. Thus the walls speak of the succession of arts, crafts, festivals and legends that made up the life of yesteryear. This is an open-air museum housing 50 murals creating an artistic journey unique of its kind.
Walking through the narrow streets, surrounded by the silence… having time to shoot my pictures… none around me… the perfect moment. The “village” is really very nice, it takes you back in the past with the very first step as you walk in. I saw only a small single bar with non inside. No smell in the air, it was too early for flowers or aromatic plants but a nice soft fresh air from the mountains made me happy to be there. A nice calm atmosphere was filling the time around me.
Because the beauty of all the Murales, I preferred not to follow the numeration of these but just “living” the place.
My Leica cameras (M9-P + Monochrome CCD w 50 Summilux)) and me started to work together; the Tri Elmar MATE did a great job in terms of colours, resolution and sharpness. Enjoy the view.
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