The hills of Carnia

The king of rivers

The mountainous part of the Tagliamento Valley, to the north-west of Tolmezzo, is divided into different landscapes. It starts from a wide valley floor where the presence of the river is reduced today to a gravely riverbed and where only memory can tell of logs being floated downstream. There aren’t many lateral valleys and these open up to reveal worlds of beautiful mountain pasture that still maintain characteristics of remarkable authenticity. Ascending, one comes upon first the uplands and then the valley of Lauco, that offers a kaleidoscope of possibilities to the visitor: from skiing to visiting necropoleis; from the traditional stone houses to shrines of popular faith and devotion. From Raveo or from Enemonzo one can reach the Pani basin, a tableland where there are many typical rural houses, with the annexed barn and hayloft. After having passed the village of Enemonzo, on the other bank of the Tagliamento, one arrives in Preone and from there, across an old-time road, one can reach the valley of Preone, a wide saddle covered with a large meadowland with stavoli, placed here and there, the typical mountain dwellings that were inhabited until the first half of the 20th century. 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

The hills of Carnia / The park

The park, which extends over an area encompassing the villages of Villa Santina, Enemonzo, Raveo and Lauco, is a fusion of nature and history, and offers much of environmental, cultural and sporting interest. The pine forest of Villa Santina, ...

Villa Santina / The early christian basilica

Recent archaeological excavations at the ancient burial site of Col di Zuca have uncovered an important building complex dating back to the 5th century AD, including the remains of an early Christian basilica with a rectangular hall and no apse. ...

Villa Santina / The ‘marcjât di Vile’

The ‘Fiera di Villa Santina’, a local agricultural and food market, was founded in the late 1700s. Held on the third Sunday of October, it offers a wealth of attractions for all ages.

Lauco / The Vinadia Gorge

Approximately 200 m deep, this imposing canyon cuts through the Lauco territory creating a series of evocative lunar landscapes; for experienced walkers only.

Trava / The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary, which was built in the mid seventeenth century in the typical style of votive chapels, inspired intense Marian devotion, as it was believed that the Virgin would resuscitate any stillborn child brought there for the time necessary to ...

Uerpa / The shepherds’ fair

Held on the last Sunday of September, the fair offers dairy product tastings and local dishes from Carnia, with music and dance entertainment in the afternoon.

Raveo / Flavours of Carnia

On the second Sunday of December, the streets and old courtyards of this beautiful village provide a showcase for the best of what ‘peasant’ cuisine has to offer.

Raveo / Sanctuary and hermitage

The Church of the Beata Vergine del Monte Castellano, where several Marian sightings have been reported, was built in 1619 on the site of an ancient church dedicated to the Virgin Mother. The church contains some important carvings, including those ...

Raveo / Archaeological finds

Early results from recent excavations on Mt Sorantri have uncovered the remains of a large Celtic settlement with buried dwellings.

Raveo / The Pani Glen

To the north of the Raveo settlement, off the panoramic Valdìe road, in a small glen nestled between the high meadows, there is a characteristic settlement of summer Alpine dwellings.

Enemonzo / The chapels

In the centre of Enemonzo one finds the ancient parish church dedicated to Saints Hilary and Tatian. The present building, which dates back to the 1700s, contains important examples of 19th century art works and the San Rocco Chapel, which ...

Preone / The palaeontological trail

The Stavolo Lunas nature trail is linked to a permanent exhibition entitled ‘Preone 200 Million Years Ago’, hosted in Palazzo Lupieri. The 3 km trail, which is well signposted and illustrated, takes approximately one hour and offers an amazing ...

Preone / Palazzo Lupieri

This large and elegant 17th-18th century building was once home to the Lupieri, a Venetian noble family. It shares many typical features of the spontaneous architecture of the area, such as the lower arches supported by columns constructed from ...

Socchieve / The Parish Church of San Martino

The church, whose architectural form is typical of the area, is one of Carnia’s most characteristic religious buildings. The exterior has a portico entrance and bell gable, while a truss vault covers the interior hall. Within the church itself, ...


A treasure of the forest

The turion, or lidrìc di mont (or radìc di mont) is a greenish brown plant that grows in the mountains (1000-1800 m) in the woods. It grows in acidic soil, among pines and alders, in the little mountain valleys and along streams. It is a ...

Unusual cheeses

In Padua, the Friulian cheese Montasio or Latteria is called Carnia. Yet luckily for us, and our Carnic friends, the region also produces formadi salât and formadi frant. The first, a variation of formadi asìn, is a soft paste cheese which was ...

The traditions of the ‘Crasoladôrs’

Sounds are also part of tradition. In the past, the atmosphere of Easter Week was enhanced by the contrasting sounds of joyful church bells and the cacophonous crâsolas and batècui that filled the streets during the period between the Easter ...

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