The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Fourth Stage

This step allows you to cross a glacial formed today by mountains rounded by erosion, which act as buttresses to the Carnic Alps. The route begins and ends on a paved road, but in the central part takes place entirely in the woods. From Pusea the view opens towards Lake Verzegnis first, then to the plain of the Tagliamento, the Carnic Alps and the Central But Valley.


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Stage Overview

Starting Point Cesclans
Arrival Point Villa di Verzegnis
Difficulty Tourist trail
Length 12.2 km
Walking time 5 hr, 0 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure South-East, South, North
Climb (in metres) 460 m
Descent (in metres) 368 m
Map ref. Tabacco 13 (1:25.000)
Water springs YES
Suitable for cycling YES
Horse Rideable YES
Presence of a Pieve YES
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Route description

This trail allows you to cross an area of glacial erosion, which has rounded the hills that become the Prealpi Carniche. The route begins and ends on paved roads. The central part is entirely in mixed woodland. Here, there are many animals - hares, foxes, badgers, deer and wild boar. Birds of prey include the peregrine falcon, which nests on branches or on rocky outcrops. From the little village of Pusea the view opens up to Lake Verzegnis, then to the plain of the River Tagliamento, the Prealpi Carniche and the Valley But.

The Pieve of St. Martin

The Church (Pieve) in Villa Verzegnis is dedicated to San Martino (St. Martin of Tours), an important figure in the Church's early battles against Arian heretics. Due to its name, a number of scholars date the founding of the church to the time of the Lombard invasions, who in the sixth century believed in Arianism, the doctrine that Christ was of a lower order than God Himself. The present design and appearance of the church date back to the eighteenth century and are the work of a Carnic architect, Domenico Schiavi, who also designed  Tolmezzo's cathedral church. The majority of what you can see inside, including the frescoes, altars, and the other church furnishings are also eighteenth-century.

Opening times:

The church is normally open over the weekend in July and August to the first days of September, as well as in conjunction with any event or celebration. For those who intend to visit the church on other days / times, is possible to request an extraordinary opening, by clicking here

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