In the frame of our beautiful region, the Friuli Dolomites stand out, a group of mountains of the Carnic Prealps, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a paradise for hikers and ski mountaineers, for Nordic walking, free climbing and ice climbing enthusiasts.
Very characteristic too, the Pordenonese Valleys are a pleasant appendix of the Veneto lands in Friuli and extend between the Livenza and Tagliamento rivers in the mountain part of the province of Pordenone.
The whole territory, cherished by six beautiful streams-rivers that give name to the homonymous valleys (Cellina, Meduna, Colvera, Cosa and Arzino) is characterized by the protected areas of the Friuli Dolomites and Magredi Natural Park, environmental protection area and Zone of Special Protection for birdlife.
The most important towns are: Maniago, famous for its historic cutlery and served by a convenient road network, and Spilimbergo, a medieval village, a world reference for mosaic.
The rest of the inhabited areas are a lovely collage of small villages, counted among the most beautiful in Italy.
Our Valleys are rich of places suitable for the practice of numerous naturalistic sports and hiking. They are also valuable historical and artistic testimonies of a varied cultural reality.
The Magredi offer an internationally renowned food and wine tradition and an ideal terrain for the cultivation of vines that give rise to the famous "Vini dei Magredi".
Until the early 1900s, Valcellina was accessible only through steep and tiring paths. This meant that it could not be developed from an industrial point of view, thus keeping intact the typical features of rural villages and a high degree of natural integrity. The terminal part of the valley, between Barcis and Montereale, is characterized by a deep ravine, which, due to its particular natural and morphological characteristics, has been included among the Natural Reserves of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Evidence of local history and tradition, linked to the customs and traditions of the past, are well documented in the Ethnographic Museums of Andreis and Claut.
The winding valley of the Cosa is characterized by fresh springs and thick beech woods. The abundance of water and the particular geo-morphological conformation have allowed prehistoric men to frequent the area, as evidenced by various findings of lithic industry made in the Pradis Caves and now exhibited in the Cave Museum.
It is a small valley ideal for those seeking tranquility and harmony with the environment. Dominated by the imposing peak of Mount Raut, it is crossed by the stream of the same name, which along its course has shaped the rocks into suggestive cavities such as "Landri scur" and "Landri viert". Land of great artisan traditions, it is gathered all in Frisanco and in the villages of Poffabro, Casasola and Valdestali, characteristic for their peculiar rural architecture.
The verdant Val Tramontina winds along the course of the Meduna stream and is characterized by the three artificial lakes of Ca ’Zul, Ca’ Selva and Redona. Rich in woods, mountain paths and rural villages, it is now a destination for many tourists and those who love unspoiled nature. In the past, the artisan production was linked to the processing of wood and copper thanks to tinsmiths and saws known, for their activity, throughout the region.
The valley of the Arzino stream develops in a suggestive and fascinating environmental and landscape context, still uncontaminated. It is crossed by the historic Regina Margherita road built by Count Giacomo Ceconi at the end of the nineteenth century to connect Pielungo and the other small villages of the valley to the plain.
These are particular environments of alluvial grassland, with scarcely fertile soils that consist almost exclusively of gravel. Here there is a unique flora in Europe, in fact you can find plants of the Illyrian and Alpine area (Crambe tataria). Added to these naturalistic peculiarities, the significant historical-archaeological documentation, collected at the Antiquarium of Tesis, hamlet of Vivaro.
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