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Discover what to visit in Friuli Venezia Giulia in your next trip. ^^^ here on the top of the Lussari Mount in Tarvisio ^^^ Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region little considered at the tourist level especially by foreigners. With all the beauties we […]
Walk along the Pellegrino path in Friuli Venezia Giulia starting from Borgo Lussari, Camporosso (Tarvisio) towards Monte Santo di Lussari (CAI 613) and eaten at Meschnik hut on the panoramic terrace at an altitude of 1790 meters overlooking the beautiful Julian Alps.
As often happens on Sunday morning I have to work. Wasting a sunny day in July to do nothing is not for us so 2 weeks ago we decided to go to the Monte Santo di Lussari above Tarvisio, reachable in just 2 hours of walking (at least for us) in the afternoon.
I had already been on the Lussari many times but always in the cableway, both in summer and in winter.
We often organize here great meals with friends in my favorite hideaway, the Meschnik hut, or the last restaurant you can find by coming from the cable car or the first if you take the Pellegrino Trail.
Here the owner will always welcome you with a super smile and you can not even talk about their delicious first courses, frico and a thousand other delicacies to eat on the panoramic terrace. I’ve been going there for more or less 10 years and it’s always a show in every season.
I would also like to point out that at the Meschnik hut you can stay overnight and dogs are allowed (which usually is not so obvious in the shelters).
I‘ll be honest. The path is not beautiful until you get to the top. But you climb in a short time and from the top you are right in the heart of the Julian Alps and the view is enchanting. One can not go there at least once. And then above you eat …. I’ll tell you to do!
It starts from Borgo Lussari to 858 m and follows the old historical and religious path of the Pellegrino. Along the CAI 613 road you will find the various stations of the numbered Via Crucis. They will give you hope in times of kind discomfort like
“No, I can not do it, I knew I had to take the cable car”
“Oh my God and if I get on and have finished the frico !?”
“But why this **** path never ends ?!”
“I HATE TO WALK but why I’m HERE ?!”.
Here is going up with the numbers to climb you will have the feeling of arriving in a moment. That is not true anyway ..
^^^First part of the path ^^^
^^^ Second part ^^^
^^^ Happiness when you reach the top^^^
You climb along this path of stones (be careful downhill) totally immersed in the vegetation. Sometimes you can cut pieces of trail in the trees but in short, what path of the Pellegrino is if you take shortcuts? So we have diligently followed the walk up to Malga Lussari (photo above), where you can also see the Lussari ski slopes in summer.
From this point begins the steeper bit but nothing impossible. I have many friends who have also done it with children so it is really suitable for everyone.
In the middle of the forest you will get up quickly and in a flash you will find yourself in front of the beautiful Cacciatore peak, Jof Fuart, and the Jof di Montasio. You can also admire the Austrian peaks like the Dobratsch or the Osternig and see the peaks of the Triglav Park in Slovenia like the Mangart.
From Lussari there is truly a 360 ° view and if you are not good at recognizing them at first glance I recommend the app “PeakFinder” to find out the name of all the mountains that surround you.
^^^ The top ^^^
We arrive at the top which is 6 p.m.. The light is fantastic and in the distance we hear the siren sound that signals the last cable car ride. Even many people working on Lussari in shops and restaurants are quick to get off and go home while only those who spend the night here stay at the top.
Step to greet Micky at Meschnik hut and before stopping to eat the long-awaited frico (for those who do not know it is the typical Friulian dish made of potatoes and cheese and is SOO GOOD!) I decide to take a ride and take some pictures. Both Simone and Giorgino do not seem very happy and follow me listless.
It was the first time that I happened to go up at this time and especially to see the Lussari so empty, without tourists and all the shops closed. We were the only ones to walk in the central street and even when we decided to stop and eat the terrace and the sun coming down was all for us. Superb.
^^^ The famous Monte Santo di Lussari and the huts, shops, restaurants at 1790 m ^^^
A LITTLE BIT OF STORY
But what is the Holy Mountain of Lussari and why did it become?
The story tells that in 1360 a shepherd boy found an image of the Mother of God on Mount Lussari and gave it to the parish priest who kept her safe in a closet. This image in a closet did not want to stay and the next day was back on Mount Lussari. It happened again and again until it was decided to build a small chapel right on the mountain.
Over the centuries this chapel became increasingly important and a destination for pilgrimages also from neighboring states such as Austria and Slovenia, but not only. In fact, after the church it was decided to also build a refreshment point to accommodate pilgrims in transit. Lussari is also a destination for the Celestial Way, a pilgrimage route that unites Italy, Austria and Slovenia, touching various places that are significant for believers.
It has been estimated that in the distant times 10,000 pilgrims passed through, that in periods when there were no cars or economic possibilities it was very much. In fact, the tradition started the pilgrimage season on June 24th from the feast of St. John the Baptist until October, before all the Mount Lussari covered itself with snow.
After the pictures we ran to our favorite terrace, the Meschnik hut where we ordered Frico and Spetzel (a kind of spinach gnocchi with smoked ricotta) and 2 beers. Since we were the only ones we could leave Giorgino free, wandering without fear from our table to the meadows below.
Needless to say that the food was delicious and also the sweets we chose later. For fear of being all closed we had brought rice with vegetables and not to make mistakes … we ate that too!
I do not tell you the face of the waitress: D.
^^^ The Meschik hut ^^^
^^^ Selfie and Giorgino at lunch with me :,D ^^^
^^^ The beauty of the Meschnik terrace ^^^
Guys the tops from up here are a real show. Really to be hours and hours looking at them. The song of the birds, the sun that begins to set. This remains one of my favorite places throughout Friuli Venezia Giulia. You can not come here at least once in the summer and maybe stop to sleep and wake up in this enchantment.
And so ‘after a good “snack” and having enjoyed the view a little bit we took the path and returned to our car. In short, a nice afternoon at 2 steps from home.
But how much I love my Friuli Venezia Giulia: D
And you? Have you ever been here on the pilgrim’s path?
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For cycling enthusiasts, the Alpe Adria cycle path allows you to start from Salzburg in Austria and reach Grado, on the Italian sea, always on your bike.
A 410 kilometer long cycle path that crosses alpine passes, borders, medieval villages and enchanting places to visit.
Thanks to the collaboration between Friuli Venezia Giulia tourism, Land Salzburg and Land Carinthia, this project was born to link the two states, re-evaluating old abandoned roads and focusing on a slow and zero-impact holiday. Their goal is to make known the wonders of the area from the naturalistic point of view but also food and wine. In short, a green holiday suitable for the whole family along breathtaking landscapes but also lots of fun.
The Alpe Adria cycle route measures 410 kilometers and takes you literally from the mountains to the sea. With an average of 60 kilometers a day you can deal with easy stages, in a week. If you are thinking that all these kilometers could be too many do not worry, from Tarvisio the road is slightly downhill, you will see how fast you will run along the old railway line now transformed into a bike path.
Do not exaggerate with the kilometers you can also take time to visit some of the attractions along the way and especially enjoy the food and wine delicacies that are certainly not lacking in these parts.
Do not forget that in a cycling holiday the inconveniences can always happen so provide yourself with a suitable sports insurance for you and your children. During trips of this type, falls, injuries or inconveniences can happen, do not ruin your holiday, make the right insurance!
To prevent such situations, check out InterMundial’s TOTALSPORTS insurance. With their policy you will have 24-hour international medical assistance, repatriation or medical transport and all kinds of medical care and expenses are covered. Find out if TOTALSPORTS insurance also covers other sports that you practice HERE.
HERE ARE THE UNMISSABLE STOPS ALONG THE ALPE ADRIA CYCLE PATH
You can not leave Salzburg without visiting it at least a little bit. Here, in addition to the delicious historic cafes like Tommaselli and Furst, you can relax in the famous Augustiner or Stiegl Brauwelt Beer Gardens or take a trip to the Old Market to eat something and see the locals living in the city. If you’ve taken a whole day to visit it you have done very well indeed between Dom Quarter and the cathedral tour, the castle Hellbrunn, the Red Bull Hangar 7 and the dozens of churches and cathedrals you will have the day full and I am sure it will be stunned.
The first stop on your journey is Werfen, where Eisriesenwelt is located, the largest ice cave in the world. With a constant temperature below zero, going down 700 steps you will reach the heart of the cave with its icy waterfalls illuminated in a very suggestive way. Definitely not a show every day!
For the night the Travel Charme Bergresort Werfenweng could be exactly what you are looking for. At an altitude of 902 meters surrounded by mountains and green meadows, this eco-hotel with its pools and SPA will regenerate you for the next few kilometers. Do not let it escape.
If you are looking for a place to stop for your second night, I would recommend Bad Gastein. This small Alpine village is a real gem to be seen. Famous for its natural waterfalls that flow among the houses and for the spas here you will surely find a suitable accommodation. If you have time and do not suffer from vertigo do not miss the highest suspension bridge in Europe. What a view!
After at least 5 hours of pedaling you will arrive in Villach second largest city of Carinthia. With an always animated center it is worth going out to enjoy the city. In addition to the famous Baths, you can climb the bell tower to enjoy the beautiful view of the city or relax at the Villacher for a mug of beer or a shin.
Are you ready to visit Friuli Venezia Giulia? This region is literally between land and sea and enjoys a very varied tourist offer. In the mountains you can indulge in sports, relaxation and excellent cheese dishes while at the beach you will have poolside beds, swims or spaghetti with seafood that will accompany you to discover this beautiful land.
In Tarvisio you can not miss the alpine lakes like those of Fusine in Valromana, which can always be reached via a cycle path that winds through the ancient woods of Tarvisio. Returning back also deserves a visit to the Orrido dello Slizza walk in Boscoverde. An easy walk over the bluest and most beautiful torrent you can find in these areas.
If the effort is felt and you decide to stay in Tarvisio for a day longer you can not miss the visit to the Lussari mountain and its village that stands at 1789 meters. Reachable comfortably with the cableway or via the pilgrim’s path, on Mount Lussari you will find various shelters where you can eat and sleep, shops and of course a breathtaking view.
A visit to Casa Oberrichter is a must if you pass these parts, I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Casa Oberrichter is such an original place that you can not believe it. Besides being a beautiful and highly decorated hotel, restaurant and bar is also a toy museum, but you will realize it as soon as you enter the door. On the walls inside bulletin boards scattered around the room you will find hundreds of wooden toys while curious objects decorate the central hall. Every hotel room has a style and a different picture and the local wooden chairs are decorated by hand one by one. Enchanting, a pity not to visit it.
Winner of the “Borgo dei borghi 2017” award Venzone is a gem not to be missed. A village completely surrounded by old medieval walls and famous for its antique markets, restaurants and its charming square full of charm and history. Do not miss a visit to this beautiful and intact medieval village and buy a lavender souvenir typical of this area.
LAGO DI CAVAZZO
The Alpe Adria cycle path continues along the shores of the beautiful Lago di Cavazzo, the most extensive natural lake in Friuli. Also known as “lake of the three municipalities” because it wets 3 different countries, here you can decide to stop for a swim, cool off or eat something in the restaurants in the area. If you decide to stay for one night there is also a camping by the lake, you can go kayaking, canoeing, rent a pedal boat or simply contemplate the dense blue color of the lake.
Udine is the largest city that you will find in the Italian part of the Alpe Adria cycle route and is also one of the 4 provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Here you will be spoiled for choice on what to visit and where to stop and eat and sleep. Staying in the center is certainly easier, so you can move on foot to visit the castle of Udine, via Mercatovecchio, Piazza San giacomo, the Loggia del Lionello and the streets of the center. To dine choose one of the historical Osterie of the city like Pieri Mortadele, Osteria il Cappello, Ghiacchiaia or old Maddalena. If it’s summer, find out about the various events that often take place in the parks surrounding the city.
Famous all over the world for its polygonal star-shaped plan with 9 points, Palmanova is a fortress city with perfectly preserved walls. Pedal under the monumental gates to enter the city and then reach the huge Piazza Grande and the Duomo is enchanting. Take a break from your itinerary and stop to eat an ice cream while admiring the power that was once Palmanova.
Aquileia was a very important city in Roman times. Thanks to the fact that Julius Caesar spent a lot of time here and also thanks to his position, became a political-administrative center and in a short time a nerve center for the Roman Empire. It was also a very important site for the Catholic church and thanks to all this today we can make use of one of the most famous archaeological sites in northern Italy. Here you can visit the Roman forum and the ancient river port, the Duomo, the Roman tomb and discover the fascinating history of this region.
Famous tourist destination of the northeast, Grado is known above all for the beauty of the old city and the numerous kilometers of beach. Here you can get lost among the charming narrow streets of the fishing village and see unique houses or do one of the thousand beach activities that Grado offers its visitors. But also excellent restaurants, boat tours in the lagoon, cocktails on the beach, games and activities for the whole family and lots of sun. This is what awaits you at the end of your cycling adventure, I would say nothing bad!
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Equip yourself in the right way and for every eventuality, will help you to face this adventure with more serenity. So here is everything you need to absolutely not miss in your bikepacking bags for your cycling holiday along the Alpe Adria cycle path.
GPS + ITINERARY TRAIL
Considering that you will often move in alpine areas where the phone does not take, a GPS is necessary. Going to the website www.https: //www.alpe-adria-radweg.com you can download the Alpe Adria trail directly in your GPS and follow it more easily especially in connecting pieces between 2 cycle paths. Also in case you are looking for a place to sleep or dine the gps is a certainty as it is equipped with all roads and paths even dirt to make you get there faster.
Even if you plan to travel only during the day, the lights are very important because you will pass along many galleries. Here you can meet other cyclists from the opposite direction and in order to avoid collisions it is better to have rear and front lights.
LOADER, HELMET AND SAFETY KIT
A power bank charger with at least 5 charges where you can attach mobiles or lights is necessary. You do not risk finding yourself without charge in the phone or lights exhausted at the wrong time. Obviously, even the helmet is very important for your safety, choose it properly and do not forget the classic safety kit for minor injuries, disinfectant, ticks, dry ice, mosquito repellent spray and some appropriate painkiller.
SHORTS REINFORCED FOR CYCLISTS AND WATERPROOF JACKET
It does not even need to be said that for such important distances to ride a bicycle it is important to have the right clothing. There are many types of shorts, I recommend you to take 2 pairs with a serious padding like those of Assoss or X-bionic. You will see the difference already from the first kilometer. Also do not forget to train a little ‘before your holiday by bike, to make legs, breath and “callus” to the saddle.
Another expense that you have to face is a good waterproof jacket in case of bad weather. The goretex jackets are very expensive but last for years and even a helmet cover that keeps your head dry is a must.
Face travel days riding your bike without proper sports insurance is very risky. During your adventure you will often find yourself in urban streets, dirt paths or pedaling in the evening. To be covered 24 hours a day, activate a sports policy for the duration of your travel days. You will have the repatriation in case of a fall or illness, rescue, medical assistance on the spot and all the necessary subsequent care included in the policy. Take a photocopy of the policy with you so you know immediately who to call in case of emergency.
BICYCLE TOOL BOX
Carrying the minimum to fix the bike is a mus. Also have a tire and liquid in case you have a flat tire will be very useful to solve the situation quickly. Divide the weights fairly.
WATER AND FOOD
Even if there are fountains and public places along the route, do not forget to always bring the necessary for emergencies. Both in Italy and in Austria the restaurants are not open all day and even supermarkets often on Sundays are closed. Water and a few energy bars in the event of a crisis will help you reach the designated destination. Have a hearty breakfast, stay hydrated on the way and stop to eat in the typical places. The experience of the alpe adria cyclovia is also living like a local.
TECHNICAL INFO OF THE ALPE ADRIA CYCLE PATH
Official web site: www.https://www.alpe-adria-radweg.com
Facebook: @Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg
Total kilometers: 410 ( from Salisburgo to Grado)
Kilometers in Italy: 176 ( from Tarvisio to Grado)
Train: You can reach Salzburg, Tarvisio or Grado by train, taking the bicycles in the appropriate carriages.
Informazioni: the cycle track in the complex is very well marked even if there are still some small sections to be completed. As a result you will have to do some piece on urban roads and it is useful to have the GPS with the route included to find more easily the continuation of the cycle.
Safety: in general, all the areas that you face during the Alpe Adria cycle route boast an excellent level of safety. Obviously it is always advised to tie the bicycles and do not leave objects unattended.
Difficulties: Low. Cycle suitable for everyone, even for families.
Info sports insurance: https://www.intermundial.it/assicurazioni-sportive/assicurazione-totalsports.
Info travel insurance: https://www.intermundial.it/assicurazioni-di-viaggio
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