They’re all mountains, but they’re all different. The alpine landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia is a continuously changing variety of colours, languages and customs, but it maintains important common factors: a respect for the land, the genuine spirit of the people who live on it, a sustainable use of its resources.
Through the winter, modern facilities and safe, never-crowded slopes are the jewels in the crowns of the regional ski areas: Piancavallo Dolomiti Friulane, Forni di Sopra and Sauris, Ravascletto Zoncolan, Tarvisio and Sella Nevea. In the summer the slopes become perfect trails for walking or mountain-biking For their high number of wilderness areas, the Dolomites of Friuli are considered the most unspoilt group of the whole Dolomite chain. In the foothills, the piedmont environment is just waiting to be explored: rivers carve out deep valleys between spectacular rock faces where there are caves and emerald-green lakes such as Lake Barcis.
Characteristic communities, like Poffabro or Frisanco, among Italy’s loveliest villages, offer food specialities worthy of PDO status and Slow Food Presidia, then you can have fun climbing the trees in Tree Village. Children and anyone else who doesn’t want to miss the spectacle of the Cellina gorge without getting too tired can board the little train that chugs its way through the greater part of the valley.
Inhabited through the millennia by a proud people, Carnia safeguards a unique cultural and religious heritage amongst its mountains. A heritage made up of legends and ancient rituals and represented by the Ancient Roman remains of Zuglio, and by tiny parish churches and mountain villages, each with unique characteristics of rural architecture.
Many of the trades that for centuries provided a livelihood for the locals are still practiced here: Sutrio is known for carpentry products, while Pesariis is a timepiece-manufacturing town and has a diffuse clock museum. Sauris is a linguistic island where an ancient German dialect is spoken; the village is famous for its smoked ham and craft beers.
They marked for centuries the natural boundaries among the Latin, Germanic and Slavic w friendship where people meet.
Mount Lussari is a symbol of this; its shrine can quite rightly be defined European since it is a place of pilgrimage of the three populations. It can be reached on foot or by cableway and in both cases theclimb offers spectacular views.
The area of Tarvisio is a nature paradise of massive peaks, wide valleys and pretty lakes such as those of Fusine. Not forgetting a millenary forest which still supplies the fine Norway spruce tonewood used to make famous violins. For centuries, the inhabitants of these valleys worked in the Cave del Pedril mine, which can now be toured by foot or on board a little electric train.