Nature at its purest. 16,000 hectares of lagoons, 3 parks and 13 natural parks in an unspoilt natural world. The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region will show you what it’s really like to be in protected, unpolluted surroundings. There’s not just one, but many places where time seems to have stood still: parks, lagoons, nature reserves, mountains where silence reigns. If you long to be totally immersed in nature, then Friuli Venezia Giulia is the ideal place for you.
The perfect peaks reaching skyward from the Friulian Dolomites, which were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, and the Julian and Carnic Alps form the ideal frame for the lush green valleys. Acting as the region’s natural frontiers, the Alpine chains preserve pearls of rare beauty, such as Sauris, a symbol of the excellent food and wines of Friuli, or the Resia Valley, where the language and traditions of an ancient Slavic race have survived in an unspoilt environment since the 7th century. Or the Tarvisio area, where three natural and cultural borders meet and enclose startling summits that climbers from all over Europe long to conquer. But if you descend from the mountains to the sea you will discover the Grado and Marano Lagoons, a splendid landscape teeming with biodiversity, a stretch of 16,000 hectares between sea and land, where it is possible to find the casoni: simple shelters that were used by the lagoon fishermen in the past. For those who love all forms of nature, Friuli Venezia Giulia offers 3 Natural parks, as well as about twenty biotypes and 13 nature reserves. From a rushing, tumbling mountain stream to the unhurried thrill of a climb, there’s always a new emotion to stir you. In Friuli Venezia Giulia nature and sport are two inseparable words. If you’re someone who’s always on the go there is always something to do: rock climbing, trekking, mountain climbing, paragliding, gliding, mountain biking, horse riding. In fact, there are many facilities equipped with stables from which one can leave for a ride along itineraries conceived to discover the most charming places of the region on horseback.
Suggested Natural Reserves
- Fusine Lakes, superb lakes set in deer, roebuck, lynx and bear kingdom
- The Tarvisio area, where you can combine local cuisine, extreme sports and panoramic excursions
- Carnia, an enchanted area of pastures, age-old forests and ancient crafts
- The sandbanks, peculiar sand stretches emerging from the lagoons in Grado and Marano
- Miramare Marine Reserve, the oldest in Italy, for guided scuba diving
- Barcis Lake and the Campanile di Val Montanaja (Bell tower), the symbol of mountain climbing in the Friuli
Sport and discovery in a nutshell
- Alpe Adria Trail the new trekking route that links existing trails in a new map. Connecting Carinthia, Slovenia
and Friuli Venezia Giulia in 43 stop overs and takes you from the foot of the highest mountain in Austria, the
Großglockner, through the most beautiful lake and mountain regions of Carinthia and Slovenia, to the Adriatic
Sea in Muggia, near Trieste.
- By bike along many regional itineraries, from the Alps to the Sea and from the Dolomites to the Collio.
- A trekking tour of the Alpine shepherds’ huts connected by trails which suit various levels of ability.
- Bird watching in the Grado and Marano lagoons. From the thatched stone houses to the protected reserves,
you’ll find a world of birds: 320 different species amounting, at certain periods of the year, to as many as
- The Montanevie: a bike itinerary that stretches along the first mountain strip of the province of Pordenone,
through uninterrupted forests and terraces on which towns and small villages lie, real gems of spontaneous
- A houseboat base in Precenicco, to discover the Marano and Grado lagoons and feel the deep historical and
cultural link between land and water, part of local civilizations since the first Roman settlements.
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