The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Stages of the Trail

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The Carnic Pievi Trail is divided into twenty stages. The starting point is Imponzo di Tolmezzo and final arrival is at Zuglio.

The Trail crosses the Prealps and the Carnic Alps taking you through mountainous areas, down valleys, alongside streams and into high plains .

But above all, the Trail connects the old Pievi, taking you back to a past full of spirituality and history, immersed in the mountain countryside.

The Trail takes you along old paths running along low slopes and on Alpine paths marked by the Italian Alpine Club (CAI). The Trail ring extends to nearly two hundred kilometers, and takes us from Carnia in the east to Veneto in the west, winding its way back to the Pieve of San Pietro di Zuglio, originally an important ancient Roman town known as Julium Carnicum. Each stage is about 14 kilometers long. If the whole Trail is walked in its entirety you will have climbed a total of 8423 meters, or nearly 28,000 feet.

The Pievi themselves are mainly concentrated in first part of the ring, between Imponzo and Forni di Sotto. Further into the ring then takes you up into high altitude, fully into the mountains, and no pievi.

The Carnic Pievi were often placed high up or dominant spurs, far from any village, and clearly visible from a distance, distinguishable by their simple lines and tall bell tower. In the middle ages, these churches were the custodians of the village's identity, and are now a monument to the Christianity of the Alpine population of the time.

The Trail was originally conceived as a pilgrimage, and hence is eminently suitable for families.

Yellow way-markings flank the route along with signposts either with the Cammino delle Pievi (Carnic PieviTrail) logo or the CAI logo.

For information and material (such as Guides, Maps, Gadgets, etc), see the Tips page . This page also includes information on the Carnic Pievi themelves , the various places on the Trail, guided visits, including information on the guides themselves, and tourist information, such as accommodation. There are also useful tips about mounting walking, and on the challenges involved when considering one or more of the stages. 

Map of the Trail

List of the Stages