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On the slopes of the Julian Prealps lies Gemona where today we will take a ring walk passing through Sella Sant’Agnese and Ospedaletto.
An easy excursion suitable for everyone.
^^^The start of the walk through a comfortable white road ^^^
^^^ Simon arriving in Sella Sant’Agnese ^^^
^^^ Even Giorgino is impatient to run in the vast meadows that connects Mount Chiampon to Monte Cumieli ^^^
^^^ The beauty of the colors and shapes of these mountains ^^^
^^^ The church of Sant’Agnese dating back to the XII century ^^^
^^^ A detail of the fan of Sant’Agnese^^^
^^^ The famous fan of Sant’Agnese ^^^
^^^ We walk towards the mountain Cumieli ^^^
^^^ The view from above of Sant’Agnese saddle ^^^
^^^ Giorgino and Simone the 2 explorers ^^^
^^^ The path that winds along the walls of the mountain ^^^
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^^^ The tunnel that you cross to go towards Mount Ercole ^^^
^^^ The view ^^^
^^^The little lake Minisini and the Tagliamento river in the background ^^^
^^^ Can you see Simon? ^^^
^^^ The fort Ercole ^^^
^^^ We return home greeting the fort that is above us^^^
Our usual Sunday afternoon after a morning of work.
By now we have got into the habit of looking for easy and near enough walks so you can do them when I’m busy.
In this way Simone and I do not waste the whole day, we bring the same Giorgino to make a nice ride and moreover, every time, we discover excursions and very interesting villages.
The other Sunday afternoon I, Simo and our big dog we ventured towards “Sella sant’Agnese” in Gemona.
Here you can find grandmothers with children, scouts in free exit, tents planted on the saddle, bicycles that make single track a bit everywhere … in short, it is the “central park” of Gemona.
Easy to do this is an excursion really suitable for everyone.
You can decide to reach only Sella Sant’agnese and go back from Gleseute (Gemona), or reach Ospedaletto and do the whole ring.
This is a very scenic walk that does not have great differences in height here many come here for running or cycling.
For the ease of the route I suggest you do the whole ring and enjoy the beauties of the Gemona area.
We decide to start our walk from the parking lot of the village of Gleseute and do all the ring.
The first half hour to reach Sella Sant’agnese is a comfortable white road also known as “Streets of Ledis”.
This because continuing over pass Sant’agnese you can reach Rivoli Bianchi first and then Ledis.
We meet at least 50 people who go up and down on this hot afternoon of early January.
We reach the saddle passing through a forest of black pine and Sylvan pine and we remain enchanted by the beauty of the rock walls that stand behind the church.
The “fan of Sant’Agnese” is a beautiful formation formed by layers of rock with vivid and different colors that overlap to create a huge fan of stone.
I would have been watching for hours in the rocky walls of Mount Chiampon, while all around the panorama ranges from Venzone, to Gemona, to Mount Cumieli.
Very, very interesting.But time is a tyrant so let’s start again.
We pass between the two houses that are located near the church where in the past here was the convent of the nuns, active until the 15th century.
If you are adventurous you can go looking for the well that used the nuns, it has been restored and it is also part of the history of Sant’Agnese.
You must know that Gemona and also this road have very distant origins in fact, there are testimonies and archaeological finds that prove that this was obligatory stop for those who crossed the Alps as early as 500.
The excursion partly follows the old road that connected Artegna, Gemona and Venzone.
A real piece of history under the soles of our boots since this path was crossed by Celts and Romans before us.
We continue our walk along the trail that runs along Mount Cumieli and from which you can see a beautiful view of Sella sant’Agnese, Gemona and then the river Tagliamento and part of the Friuli plain.
We go down the road taking some pictures to the panorama that, unfortunately due to the haze, is not clear.
We arrive at the fort of Mount Hercules that we visit surprised because we did not know anything about its existence.
The fort Ercole has been restored very well and inside the corridors there are educational tables where you can read and discover the history of this place.
We descend towards the Minisini lake and it seems that the sun runs behind us.
We exit out to Ospedaletto, we return to the point where we have the car by a piece of normal road and then cutting to the left after the bar pizzeria Ai Pioppi.
Do not be scared by the air a little lived in this place. The managers are young and super cute.Every time we are in this area we stop to drink something at the pizzeria Ai Pioppi that in summer is a camping as well.
Unfortunately today we found it closed so we deviate after the restaurant on the left and go back along via Vegli and then return to the car just in time, before it gets dark.
Even today a beautiful walk in our Friuli Venezia Giulia that is worth doing, even during a winter afternoon.
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Start: Borgo Gleseute, Gemona
Arrive: Ospedaletto, Gemona.
Time: 2 hours
Tips: If you are afraid of not finding the start of the path, start from Ospedaletto and follow via Ercole and go in the other way.
Link others walk in Gemona: click HERE
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