Friulan Dolomites

Foto © Luciano Gaudenzio – Archivio Promo Turismo FVG

Friuli Venezia Giulia

You read that right! The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is also home to the Dolomites, which also extend into this wonderful region and form part of the Carnic Pre-Alps.

The Dolomite rock is therefore also found here, in a more easterly area than the better-known ones.

Less-traveled paths, villages straight out of a fairy tale, and the signs of history that permeate this little paradise will leave your mind and heart in awe.

A BIT OF HISTORY

As always, in our short and incisive style, we would like to tell you a little about the history of this area, which is an integral part of national history (with a capital “S”!). The valleys and villages we are going to tell you about are part of the “Regional Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites“, established in 1996 to preserve the peculiarities of the territory, highlighting its characteristics and resources. Thanks to this institution, naturalistic and didactic-historical visits are carried out to discover the signs that this land bears with great dignity.

The “Vajont disaster” is the tragedy that in 1963 saw a landslide detach from the mountain above the dam and cause a flood, destroying the village of Longarone and killing more than two thousand people. Even today it is still possible to see the remains of this painful historical passage through the guided tours of the Vajont Ecomuseum: a natural path between Erta and Casso in the province of Pordenone to breathe history in nature.

Foto © Luciano Gaudenzio – Archivio Promo Turismo FVG

Foto © Luciano Gaudenzio – Archivio Promo Turismo FVG

WHAT WE RECOMMEND

The Friulian Dolomites cover a vast area and include several municipalities: choose one location and you will not be dissatisfied. Here, too, you can give vent to your thirst for sport: running, canyoning, trekking, climbing, bouldering, ski mountaineering, and various excursions. The peculiarities of this territory can also be discovered through thematic exhibitions, ethnographic museums, and visitor centers directly managed by the Regional Park Authority.

The typical mountain welcome of this area can also be found in the numerous refuges and accommodation facilities, which will delight you with typical local products. Wild corners and oases of peace that will bring together adventure-seeking daredevils, relaxation-seekers, and families with children of all ages.

The Friulian Dolomites Natural Park is located in the mountainous area above the high Friulian-Venetian plain.

The protected area extends from the province of Pordenone to that of Udine, embracing the Valcellina, the Upper Tagliamento Valley, and the territories converging towards the Tramontina Valley.

MAIN LOCATIONS

Connected to the Dolomiti Friulane Nature Park and managed by it, there is also the nearby Forra del Cellina Nature Reserve, a significant and spectacular incision that the Cellina Torrent has carved into the limestone strata between Barcis, Andreis, and Montereale Valcellina before flowing into the upper Friulian plain.

An impervious territory waiting to be discovered, far from mass tourism, protected by the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park and the Forra del Cellina Nature Reserve, which safeguards the environment of the Valcellina, with the municipalities of Andreis, Cimolais, and Erto, the Val Meduna with Frisano and Tramonti di Sopra and the Val Tagliamento with Forni di Sopra and Forni di Sotto.

Erto and Casso, the localities that still show signs of the 1963 tragedy, are undoubtedly the most visited, precisely because of the Vajont Ecomuseum route.

Set in a crown of Dolomite peaks, the most famous of which is the Campanile di Val Montanaia, Cimolais is the seat and heart of the Park. Narrow streets and stone dwellings bear witness to a simple rural world that has managed to maintain an unspoiled environment.

In the upper valley of the Tagliamento and the province of Udine in a pleasant uncontaminated valley we find Forni di Sotto. The village, lying on a vast plain, overlooked by the Voani woods and dominated by the Dolomite peak of Mount Ciarescins, is an image of considerable charm.

Discover the Friulian Dolomites with us!

Foto © Luciano Gaudenzio – Archivio Promo Turismo FVG