The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Thirteenth stage

Challenging course that first reaches an open pasture and through gently over the eastern slopes of the Pesarine Dolomiti, offering a panoramic balcony to the mountain groups of Peralba and Coglians and to the highest villages in Carnia overlooking the Degano Valley.

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Stage Overview

Starting Point Sappada
Arrival Point Prato Carnico
Difficulty E = hiking trail
Length 19.3 km
Walking time 7 hr, 30 min
Environment Meduim Mountain
Exposure East, North, South
Climb (in metres) 568 m
Descent (in metres) 1.150 m
Map ref. Tabacco 01 (1:25.000)
Water springs YES
Suitable for cycling NO
Horse Rideable NO
Presence of a Pieve NO
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Route description

This trail takes you back from the Veneto to Friuli - through it's a long trek. We recommend you take two days, and overnight at the  Chiampizulòn mountain refuge. The first part of the trail takes you to the bottom of the northern slopes of the Gruppo di Siera mountains, and then on to open spaces splashed with colour by the mountain pastures pertaining to the Casera Tuglie refuge. From the Casera you get a great balcony view of the Volaia and Coglians mountain ranges, which are right in front of you. It's an easy walk along the eastern slopes of the Pesarine Dolomites. Along the way you'll see larchwoods followed by more arid areas, where streams of eroded rocks make their way down from the Creta della dellaFuina and Fuina Pleros mountain tops. And then you reach the Talmi Saddle and begin the descent to Pesarina valley. The village of Prato Carnico and the surrounding areas are particularly pretty. 


The parish church of Prato Carnico, dedicated to San Canciano Martire, contains a remarkable number of altars and paintings. The most important is the altar wing in carved and gilded wood,  by the sculptor Michael Parth Brunico (1534), offering a rich Nativity scene on the dias .

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