The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Eighth Stage

Medium Length stage, piecewise panoramic, which develops in nature. You walk into an area with wooded hills, crossing from east to west, with some ups and downs over the left bank of the river. Tagliamento Only for short stretches along paved roads, the path ends forcibly with the arrival on the main road from where, in absence of easy trails, one is forced to transport with other means to achieve Forni di Sotto.

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Stage Overview

Starting Point Socchieve
Arrival Point Forni di Sotto
Difficulty E = hiking trail
Length 19.6 km
Walking time 6 hr, 30 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure South-East, South, West
Climb (in metres) 550 m
Descent (in metres) 150 m
Map ref. Tabacco 13 (1:25.000), Tabacco 02 (1:25.000)
Water springs NO
Suitable for cycling NO
Horse Rideable NO
Presence of a Pieve YES
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Route description

The trail here offers a number of panoramic views, as it takes you from from east to west. There is also some highland woodland, and a number of ups and downs once over to the left bank of the River Tagliamento. The lush countryside here constantly changes according to soil type and slope exposure. Along the way you'll see a variety of tree species, such as beech, hornbeam, hazel, pine and spruce. Originally, much of this area would have been given over for pasture. Unfortunately, Hotel Tinisa on the SS52 Carnica road marks the end of the trail. As there is no path from here to Forni di Sotto you will have to use some other means of transport.

The Pieve of St. Mary of the Rosary


The church (Pieve) of Santa Maria Forni was given its name in 778, when it came under the control of the Abbey of Sesto al Reghena, but its origins are certainly earlier. In May 1944, the church was burned and destroyed by the Germans as part of their reprisals against the partisans. It was then completely rebuilt in 1953, leaving little of its past. That said, however, it is certainly worth a peek inside as it contains two works from the nearby church of San Lorenzo: a statue from1485 by Domenico da Tolmezzo and a seventeenth century altar by Gerolamo da Comuzzo.


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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