The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia

Twentieth stage

Stage that requires some physical effort only in the ascent from Arta Terme to "Plan to Vincule", at the foot of the Pieve of St. Peter in Carnia. The trail is rather steep, with numerous coils always rises in a cool forest. The descent to Zuglio offers the old mule track that always develops in the cool of a mixed forest and cut the bends considerably shortening the path. more .....

Stage Overview

Starting Point Piano di Arta Terme
Arrival Point San Pietro - Imponzo
Difficulty Tourist trail
Length 7.2 km
Walking time 2 hr, 40 min
Environment Low Mountain
Exposure North, East, North, South-East
Climb (in metres) 350 m
Descent (in metres) 380 m
Map ref. Tabacco, foglio 09
Water springs NO
Suitable for cycling NO
Horse Rideable NO
Presence of a Pieve YES
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Route description

Fom "Piano d'Arta", reach the road S.S. 52a and, at the end of the bridge over the Rio Radina, descend to the right to move to the thermal establishment. Pass then through the parking lot and go right on the road that leads to the football field. Passing the playing field, follow the trail CAI 162 that goes up to the "Plan de Vìncule" (730 m), a plateau at the base of the nearby S. Peter's Pieve , which can be reached in a few minutes.

The Pieve of St. Peter


This church (Pieve) of San Pietro in Zuglio is considered the most important of the Carnia group, as it represents the cradle of the  Christian church in this area. Though the current building is fourteenth century, it became a parish church in about the ninth century, and archaeological excavations document religious activity here going back much further in time. Inside the church there are many works of art from the late sixteenth century, frescoes and altars, including a masterpiece by the sculptor Domenico Mioni da Tolmezzo. Unfortunately, other statues have been stolen. On Ascension Sunday, in May, you can see the traditional Bacio delle Croci (the Kissing of the Holy Crosses), symbolising the devotion of all the churches in the valleys to the Mother Church in Zuglio. Not far from the church, in Polse di Cougnes, where you can visit a rich botanical garden.


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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