The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Ninth Stage

Enjoyable Stage that, with minimum height differences and through ancient meadows and young woods , allows you to take what was once (before the existence of the the carriage road) the area of ??connection between Forni di Sotto Sopra. The course takes place entirely in the upper  Tagliamento valley and is rich in waterways, vegetation and fauna. The churches and houses of Forni di Sopra all are worth a visit.


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Stage Overview

Starting Point Forni di Sotto
Arrival Point Forni di Sopra
Difficulty Tourist trail
Length 10.8 km
Walking time 3 hr, 15 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure West
Climb (in metres) 141 m
Descent (in metres) 132 m
Map ref. Tabacco 02 (1:25.000)
Water springs NO
Suitable for cycling YES
Horse Rideable YES
Presence of a Pieve NO
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Route description

The trail here is fairly flat going, through meadows and a mixture of ancient and recent woodland. Not so long ago, there was no paved road between the two Forni's (di Sotto/’Lower’ and di Sopra/’Upper’), and this trail was the only way. The area lies within the Friuli Dolomites Park (established in 1996) and is now also protected as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites site (since 2010). The trail progresses, in fact, at the foot of the Friuli Dolomites and follows the valley bottom of the upper River Tagliamento. Along the way you'll also see water (there is, for example, a sulphur spring), green countryside, and glades with old barns - and there is plenty of wildlife. 


Church: Once in Forni di Sopra, we recommend a visit to the churches in the hamlet of Cell. There, you will find  not only the parish church, with a fine seventeenth-century carved wooden altar, but also the church of San Floriano, a fifteenth century national monument, containing an altarpiece by Andrea Bellunello (1480) and frescoes by Gianfranscesco Tolmezzo (1500).

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