The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Tenth Stage

Long and scenic route, which connects two beautiful mountain villages, reaching the pleasant Sauris. The view allows both views to the short distance the jagged peaks of the Friulian Dolomites and to cross the sweetest Carnic Alps, between the high pastures of the two basins Forni and Sauris. Due to the length of the route it is possible split it in two days, staying in Casera Tragonia or lessening the height difference by taking the chairlift.

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Stage Overview

Starting Point Forni di Sopra
Arrival Point Sauris di Sotto
Difficulty E = hiking trail
Length 18.3 km
Walking time 7 hr, 0 min
Environment Meduim Mountain
Exposure West, North, South, East
Climb (in metres) 1.351 m
Descent (in metres) 1.046 m
Map ref. Tabacco 02 (1:25.000)
Water springs NO
Suitable for cycling YES
Horse Rideable NO
Presence of a Pieve NO
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Route description

This is a long and scenic trail taking you through an area of high pasture-land, and past a number of streams before arriving at the picturesque village of Sauris. The trail borders the Veneto region, with the Friulian Dolomites always in sight, taking you gradually through  one of the most picturesque limestone hill formations of the western  Carnian Alps. Given the length of this leg of the trail we suggest you either make a break, and overnight at the Casera Tragonia mountain refuge, or shorten it by taking the Varmost chair lift.  The village of Sauris is particular in many respects. Its inhabitants originally came from Pusteria, right on the Austrian border, and they still speak a form of German. Hardly surprisingly, it is now also a centre for ethnographic research. It was also here that the concept of "albergo diffuso", whereby individual holiday rooms 'scattered' within the centre of an old town are managed hotel-style.  Sauris is also well known for its culinary produce. And like Forni, has a Sopra/Upper and Sotto/Lower part.


In the church of San Lorenzo and in the Shrine of Sant'Osvaldo, you will find important sixteenth century wooden alterpieces.  The alterpiece in the Shrine represents one of the most important and valuable altar wings (Flügelaltar) in Friuli, and was by the Tyrolean artist Michael Parth.

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