The upper Tagliamento valley

The King of rivers
Following along the Tagliamento Valley, upstream, the river assumes the appearance of a true Alpine watercourse only after the dam that creates Lake Caprizi (Socchieve). At Ampezzo, a lateral fork leads to an uncontaminated world: the Lumiei Valley. Here is a treasure trove of architecture, language and tradition set in extraordinary surroundings, where unique products can be found. As one approaches the Mauria Pass the valley narrows and becomes ever more forbidding, until reaching the Forni Savorgnani, places steeped in ancient history, with massive and surprisingly urban architecture. There is also a regional ski resort. It is the last inhabited zone before the Mauria Pass, where the Tagliamento has its source, on the border with Veneto. Along the principal valley one comes across, at different altitudes, many characteristic villages.

Place of Interest

Forni di Sopra / Villages and fountains

Forni di Sopra is the only historical centre that has survived in the valley that was known as Forni Savorgnani from the 14th to the 18th century because it belonged to the Savorgnan family of Udine. The remains of some medieval buildings are the ...

Forni di Sopra / The church of San Floriano

A small and simple construction of the 15th century – as often happens – conceals great treasures. This is the case in the Church of San Floriano, one of the most interesting places of art in all of Carnia. In it, in fact, one can admire a cycle ...

Ampezzo / The geological museum of Carnia

The long geological history of Carnia is richly documented by fossils and rocks of noteworthy interest and explained with detailed illustrative panels. The museum is in the reconstructed Palazzo Unfer, the seat of the town hall, and proposes ...

The Davanzo gallery

Since 2001 Palazzo Unfer has housed a permanent collection of the works of the painter Marco Davanzo (1872-1955), from Ampezzo, with a reconstruction of his atelier. The gallery illustrates the entire artistic career of Davanzo, dedicated to the ...

Ampezzo / The bread fair and ‘da lis muarts’

In the first week of June the bakers display and sell their tasty products characteristic for their different forms and flavours. There is the re-enactment of the Celtic New Year (Fiesta da lis muars) on October 31st. The muarts are carved pumpkins.

Sauris / The town and the ethnographic museum

The Carinthian origins of the population that settled in this valley around the 12th century are testified to by the local dialect and by the particular architecture of the buildings. The Ethnographic Centre ’S Haus van der Zahre has had its seat ...

Sauris / The lake

It is one of the largest artificial lakes in Friuli: work was begun in 1941 and completed in 1947. In spite of its ‘young age’, the sky-blue lake is an integral part of the landscape of the valley, and where the village of Maina existed before ...

Sauris / The ‘Tiziana Weiss’ trail

It is a circular excursion itinerary that starts from the Pura Pass and allows one to discover the natural environment of the Carnic Alps. Extremely panoramic, it unfolds along the crest between the Tagliamento Valley and the Lumiei Valley and 12 ...

Sauris / The carnival

According to the tradition of Sauris the ‘Night of the Lanterns’ is held on the last Saturday of carnival. It begins around 6.30 p.m. in the locality of Sauris di Sopra. A group with the typical carved wooden masks leads a procession that goes ...

Forni di Sopra / The herb fair

During the last two weekends of June wild and aromatic herbs are the protagonists of typical delicacies, a real pleasure for the palate, served in the stands of the local restaurants.


Alpine dairy farming

We are in a corner of Carnia that offers some of the most striking scenery of mountain pasture in Friuli. The key to a true understanding of the Alpine culture would be precisely the malghe (Alpine dairy farms), the centre of a delicate and ...

Edible herbs

Grisulò, tale, sclopìt, brucuncèsare, urtiçon, gràssule, orêle di jeur, pan e vin, pestelàc, ruscli, cressò, cjandelute, farinele, frignàcule, gjardon, jerbe di sorêli, latasûl, lavaçut, confenon, rasponzul… are some of the herbs that are gathered ...

The Food of tradition

The people of Carnia, including those from Sauris, were great eaters of broad beans; and of piçûi as well, or chickpeas. Like the Sicilians? Yes, but what’s wrong with that? And they weren’t an imported product either, if anything they were ...

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