The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

First stage

Route connecting two villages and two valleys, undemanding and very scenic in its highest point - where is the church of San Floriano-with the dominant view on the But and the Tagliamento valleys and with a significant glance on the Carnic Alps.

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Stage Overview

Starting Point Imponzo
Arrival Point Illegio
Difficulty Tourist trail
Length 3.6 km
Walking time 1 hr, 20 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure West, East
Climb (in metres) 355 m
Descent (in metres) 184 m
Map ref. Tabacco 13 (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 connects two small villages, Imponzo and  Illegio, taking you over the high ground between them. It's a short and relatively easy trek, walkable throughout the year. The trail begins uphill through a wetland area and then into a mixed forest, while the descent to Illegio, follows a ‘Via Crucis’ pilgrimage route representing the 14 stations of the Cross. Here we pass through areas of hornbeam and hazel and ancient meadowland.

The Pieve of St. Florian, Illegio

The church, the Pieve di San Floriano, dominates the valleys of the But and the river Tagliamento and offers an impressive view of the Prealpi Carniche, the Carnic foothills to the Alps, and the churches (Pievi) of ‘San Pietro di Zugli’o (north) and ‘Santa Maria Oltrebut’ (southwest). The San Floriano church is ninth century, while archaeological evidence points to a small place of worship nearby, built well before in the fourth century. The church itself is a lovely example of Gothic architecture, and has a portico in front of the entrance. Inside, there are valuable frescoes dating back to1580, recounting episodes from the life of  St. Florian. The altarpiece, a carved and gilded wooden polyptych is by Domenico da Tolmezzo (1497) - unfortunately partly damaged in the sixties. The stone altar was built by Carlo da Carona at the beginning of the sixteenth 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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