The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Second stage

Route in the valley downhill that almost all of the paved road with the exception of the central section through the center of the flat ice between Monte and Monte Amariana Strabut. The route, after crossing Tolmezzo, touching the church of Santa Maria addition But and falls in the same town for the next stage and possible overnight stays.


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Stage Overview

Starting Point Illegio
Arrival Point S.Maria Oltrebut - Caneva/Casanova di Tolmezzo
Difficulty Tourist trail
Length 7.5 km
Walking time 2 hr, 20 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure south, east, south, east
Climb (in metres) 97 m
Descent (in metres) 283 m
Map ref. Tabacco 13 (1:25.000)
Water springs NO
Suitable for cycling YES
Horse Rideable YES
Presence of a Pieve YES
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Route description

This trail has two options: an easy route downhill through the valley, mostly on paved roads; or a more challenging and very panoramic option. The first route, which takes you through the middle of a glacier plain between Mount Amariana  and Mount Strabut, is suitable for all. The second route, however, is more difficult and requires much more attention. It also crosses Mount Strabut, from east to west,  first by road and then along the path called ‘Troj da Salve Regjne’, which then takes you down to the town of Tolmezzo.


Both routes, in fact, take you through Tolmezzo before ending at the church of Santa Maria Oltrebut.

The Pieve of St. Mary, Oltrebut

This church (Pieve) derives its name from its location, as in St. Mary’s Church ‘beyond’, oltre, the stream called ‘But’, and it dominates the valley of the same name. The church building goes back to the sixth century, with rebuilding until the nineteenth. Inside are two examples of seventeenth-eighteenth century altars from the Carnic School. You will also see the remains of a valuable altar, attributed to the 16th century sculpture Giovanni Antonio Pilacorte, now nesting  in the Church  facade, and an outstanding relief of a ‘Madonna con il Bambino’ (Virgin with Child)  above the door.

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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