The Giovanni Angelini Foundation is established on the basis of a collection of ancient books, maps, prints and pictures assembled by renowned physician, writer, alpinist and C.A.I. (Italian Alpine Club) academic member Giovanni Angelini, who wanted to create a Alpine Research Centre.

On this basis, the City Council of Belluno, in agreement with the University of Padua and the Angelini family, constituted the Foundation in 1991, that aims to promote scientific research in the field of mountain environments as well as to foster education and awareness in the same field.

The Foundation is open to the collaboration of all those who recognise themselves in the foundamental objective of studying to know and act in order to respect and sustain the different forms of life in the mountain.