The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Friulian Dolomites
Piancavallo, the Pordenone Valleys and the Magredi
A land within easy reach, with thousands of things to savour. It is perfect for anyone looking for an invigorating holiday, where you can enjoy your hobbies far from the crowd.
The Friulian Dolomites, with Piancavallo, the Pordenone Valleys and the Magredi: a unique land of unchanged splendour, where authentic tastes and techniques are dotted around the natural and cultural landscape in all its nuances. They offer wild nature with a degree of wilderness that is difficult to find in other areas in the Alpine region, providing unspoilt landscapes of rare beauty.
The Friulian Dolomites Regional Park is the largest in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with 36,950 hectares of unspoilt, wild nature, whose symbol is the 300-metre aiguille of Campanile di Val Montanaia;
Piancavallo, a famous well-equipped sports resort for both winter and summer, is the main ski area in the Pordenone mountains;
Prescudin Park is a natural oasis incredibly rich in rare species of flowers and shrubs that you can reach once you have climbed back up Valcellina, with its spectacular ravine and rock faces which attract climbers from all around the world;
Poffabro and Frisanco, with their stone houses, are among the “Beautiful Villages of Italy”;
Erto (the village of the sculptor/writer Mauro Corona, the poet of the forests) and Casso were the tragic background for the Vajont Dam, marking the 50th anniversary of the tragedy in 2013;
Claut is a base camp for long treks and spectacular climbs and, in winter, for frozen waterfall climbing;
Andreis with the Nordic Life Park is the starting point for trails lasting several days for fans of nordic walking and the home of a recovery centre for birds of prey where they care for injured birds of prey (and then release them back into the wild);
Cimolais, is the home of the Friulian Dolomites Park, with the Pianpinedo wildlife enclosure (35 hectares of mountains, where roe deer, deer and alpine ibex live freely) and the Botanical Trail;
and finally there is Tramontina Valley with its incredibly thick forests and mountain pastures. There are also gorges and caves (the most spectacular ones can be found in Pradis in Clauzetto), as well as charming lakes, like the ones in Barcis and Tramonti, or even torrents which are paradise for canyoning and rafting.
The Friulian Dolomites are the perfect setting for a holiday all about nature, sport and relaxation.
- At their foothills, we find: the rugged terrain of the Magredi (a delicate ecosystem, the like of which can only be found on the Russian steppe);
- Polcenigo with the very deep, clear springs of the Gorgazzo River with its icy, crystal clear waters;
- Caneva (with the Palù Paleolithic site at the springs of the Livenza, one of the most important pile-dwelling villages in northern Italy which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site);
- Maniago (the Italian medieval capital of blades and knives), Sequals, the home of terrazzo workers and mosaicists, and the birthplace of the champion boxer Primo Carnera, “the gentle giant”;
- and last but not least, Spilimbergo, including its medieval castle with a painted façade, the cathedral and its fourteenth-century frescoes, and the old town which is famous for its School of Mosaicists, the only one in the world.