• Conche smeraldine

    TRAMONTI DI SOPRA località Chiavalir fronte 3, Tramonti di Sopra, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    They are considered one of the ten most beautiful places in Italy to bathe: le conche smeraldine (the emerald pools) of Tramonti di Sopra, along the course of the river Meduna, are a very special corner in one of the wildest natural settings of the Dolomites.

    To reach it you just need a few minutes to walk along a path that starts from Tramonti di Sopra and enters the Friulian Dolomites Park. In this stretch of the river, the water gathers in deep pools and the white rocks provide the perfect platform for a dip in its emerald crystal clear waters.

  • Barcis

    Barcis Lake, Barcis, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    Barcis, a town named for its distinctive basin-shape, is a mountain village in western Friuli located 409 metres above sea level, famous for its stunning emerald color lake, a destination for sportsmen and countless tourists who love natural landscapes.

  • Poffabro

    Poffabro, comune di Frisanco (PN) .

    Poffabro is the name of a village in the municipality of Frisanco in the province of Pordenone, which already has a small history in its name. 
    It actually originates from Latin, some say from Pratum Fabri (blacksmiths' lawn), others from Post Fabri (after blacksmiths). 
    It is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is easily accessible from Maniago, the city of knives, which is the reason of the blacksmith part of its name, in fact the road that connects the two towns was once dotted with a many blacksmith shops, now disappeared or moved to the nearby industrial area.
    The peculiarity of this village placed on the mountain is the fascinating architecture of its houses built with the materials of the local area, i.e. stone and wood, which has remained unchanged or almost since the fifteenth century. Walking through its narrow stone-paved alleys, you can enjoy the narrow, three-storey houses leaning against each other, with wooden balconies and stone arches fused in a magical architectural amalgam creating a peaceful sense of profound natural harmony. 

  • Museum "Vajont Attimi di Storia"

    Museo Longarone Vajont Attimi di Storia, Piazza Gonzaga, Longarone, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    This museum, inaugurated in 2009, was created in memory of the Vajont tragedy that struck the town of Longarone and the surrounding villages on October 9th 1963, causing about 2.000 deaths.
    A terrible catastrophe is remembered here with an interesting exhibition inside the Cultural Centre of Longarone. The exhibition is a review of photographs and historical documents that describe the story of the Vajont Dam, from its construction to the detachment of the rock from Mount Toc that caused a tragic wave hitting the town of Longarone on October 9, 1963.
    The museum itinerary has been created by assembling a series of twisted vertical elements, precisely 1910 (the number of victims found after the tragedy) arranged inside the room and acting as a guide in the exhibition itinerary.
    In these original walls, there are numerous photographs and some objects that bear witness to the event, in chronological order.
    The visitor is introduced to the exhibition by the famous model of the dam, made by the Ismes studio of Bergamo and on which the tests were made, accompanied by a gigantography that shows the desolate landscape the day after the disaster. The exhibition then continues chronologically: from the narration of the life of the population of Longarone in the years before the terrible wave, to the numerous geological studies that were carried out by engineers and planners, ending with a description of the tragedy.
    This is the most touching part of the exhibition in which, through photographs and the few objects ruined by water and mud, it is possible to understand the disaster. A beautiful example of commemoration, not to forget the victims, whose names are listed in alphabetical order at the end of the exhibition.

  • Maniago

    33085 Maniago, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The town of Maniago, which donated in 1971 the area where the town of Vajont is built, is known for the art of making knives, which gives it the name of the city of the knife: there are many knife factories, handcrafted, from medieval times. 
    The work of knife artisans in Maniago who supplied the Republic of Venice with armaments is documented since the fifteenth century.
    You will find many monuments and traces of the influence of Venice in the history of Maniago, a small but important town situated at the entrance of two valleys, Valcellina and Valcolvera.

  • Museo dell'Arte Fabbrile e delle Coltellerie

    via Maestri del Lavoro, 1, 33085 Maniago PN .

    The Coricama, which once was the largest knife factory in Maniago, is now home to the Museo dell'Arte Fabbrile e delle Coltellerie (museum of the knife-making art), one of the most important symbols of Maniago's centuries-long artisanal history.
    It hosts an itinerary that describes the techniques of working with iron for the manufacture of cutting tools over the centuries. In addition you can appreciate an important selection of artefacts created in Maniago both in ancient times and today.

  • Centrale idroelettrica A. Pitter

    Via Alessandro Volta, 27, 33086 Montereale Valcellina, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The "Antonio Pitter" hydroelectric power plant in Malnisio in the province of Pordenone is a splendid sample of industrial archaeology transformed into a Science Centre, which allows visitors to retrace its history and understand how it works.

    This Power Station was one of the first electricity suppliers in Venice.

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata

    Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Immacolata, Via San Cristoforo, Longarone, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    Following the Vajont disaster (1963), the village of Longarone was swept away by a wave of mud, earth and water caused by a landslide detached from the northern slope of Mount Toc.

    In October 1966 Giovanni Michelucci was commissioned to design the new church of the village. However, Michelucci's appointment found firm opposition from the parish priest and part of the community; the controversies were soon exploited also at a political level (the famous journalist Indro Montanelli, for example, intervened against its realization), and only in 1975, with the definitive consent of the bishop of Belluno and Feltre, it was possible to start the works.

    The church was consecrated in October 1983.

  • Ponte di Igne

    Località Igne, 32013, Longarone, Province of Belluno, Italy .

    The bold red structure suspended 125 meters above the Maè stream was built in 1973 in memory of the local cableway operators. Starting from the 19th century, the cableway operators of Igne and Soffranco became nationally known for their technical ability and ingenuity with which, using ropes, pulleys, and trestles, they were able to transport wood from the most inaccessible places to the valley. The present crossing is the result of the adaptation and integration of the temporary bridge that was built in Malcolm after the Vajont disaster to connect the right bank of the Piave river with the village of Codissago. The footbridge replaced an ancient stone structure (Pont de Spigol, destroyed in the 1966 flood) which, placed not far away, allowed to connect the opposite sides of the Gola del Maè.

  • San Daniele

    San Daniele del Friuli, Province of Udine, Italy .

    San Daniele is only a few minutes away from Vajont, but the trip is worth it because it is a world-famous place for its extraordinary raw ham. Tasting it in the place of the production is an experience not to be missed, because San Daniele ham is unique.
    The European Union has officially approved its ham as a Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO), attesting the uniqueness of the area of origin and of the processing techniques.

  • Palù del Livenza

    Via Longone, 34, 33070 Caneva, PN, Italy .

    The site ofPalù di Livenza is one of the oldest pile-dwelling sites in northern Italy. The extraordinary historical dating of the discoveries (about five thousand years ago) and the significance that the area has in the archaeological field in Italy and beyond, has led in June 2011 to the Palù entering the UNESCO World Heritage List, offering the site the best opportunity to preserve the prehistoric remains still present in the basin, but also an extraordinary chance to make people aware of this particular form of human settlement as a result of adaptation to a natural habitat.

    The Palù di Livenza, in addition to its archaeological characteristics well known since the 19th century, is also a site of great naturalistic value, as it hosts several species of marshland flora and fauna.

    The site can be reached from both Caneva and Polcenigo.

  • Sorgente del Gorgazzo

    Sorgente del Gorgazzo, Polcenigo, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The fountain of Gorgazzo, whose clear and icy waters are of a splendid shade of blue, is a cave that originates the stream of the same name, a tributary of the Livenza river, located in the fraction Gorgazzo di Polcenigo (one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy).
    It has a flow rate of three cubic meters per second and is estimated to be the deepest water source in Italy, its maximum depth measured so far is 222 meters. The fascinating surroundings of the spring provide a quiet and relaxing promenade where you can enjoy, on very sunny days, the sight of the statue of Christ placed at the beginning of the cavern, at a depth of nine meters.

  • Pordenone

    Pordenone, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    Pordenone, built around its river, the Noncello, is a city that proudly shows the deep signs of its past through beautiful palaces, monuments, frescoes and a lively old town, while it is firmly committed to the present with roles often leading the national scene.
    Visitors will discover a modern and dynamic town, but at the same time rich in precious vestiges of its past deeply linked to the nearby Venice.

    Pordenone is a city with surprises in store not only for lovers of history, but also for those who love nature with its many parks, the riverside and cycle paths, for lovers of culture, is host to the book fair "Pordenone Legge", for fans of comics with its PAFF! Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli a multifunctional centre on comics arts which is located in a splendid late eighteenth century palace etc. etc.
    Pordenone is definitely worth a visit.

  • Spilimbergo

    Spilimbergo, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    Located on the right bank of the Tagliamento river, Spilimbergo, a town that is rich in history and art, is also renowned as the town of mosaics and is the home of the Friuli School of Mosaicists.

    While walking through its historical center, which preserves its original medieval features, thanks to a careful, constant and diligent conservation and restoration work that has preserved and highlighted the artwork of artists who have followed one another over the centuries, you can enjoy the masterpieces of artists such as Giovanni Antonio de' Sacchis, known as Pordenone, and Giovanni Antonio Pilacorte.

    Every year in August the Historical Rievocazione of La Macia (Historical Re-enactment of the Macia, an historical fabric measuring unit represented also on one of the buildings in Piazza del Duomo) takes place in those alleys.

  • Piancavallo

    Piancavallo, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    Piancavallo, as its name indicates, is a wide plateau over 1,200 meters high in the municipality of Aviano, an excellent choice for both mountain and non-mountain sports enthusiasts and for outdoor activities in general.

    In Piancavallo sports fans have the opportunity to try their skills on climbing walls, trekking and mountain biking trails, football pitches, tennis courts, or even a bowling green or minigolf, not to mention an ice stadium. During the cold season, its modern ski facilities for downhill skiing, on the 17 km of pistes, cross-country or snowboarding skiing are in the spotlight, but it is even possible to enjoy sport events in the new palasport. The more adventurous can embark on the exciting alpine coaster, a kind of bobsleigh on rails, or gliding through the clouds from Castaldia.

  • Valvasone

    Valvasone, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    Walking through the streets of the historic center of Valvasone, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, you can enjoy the fascinating emotion of jumping back in time.

    It has preserved intact the ancient medieval layout centered on the two cardinal points of the time, the Cathedral and the Castle.

    In addition to the many signs left by history and the art of the past centuries, the streets of Valvasone are dotted with numerous shops that are a legacy of valuable craft traditions, while the surrounding area offers interesting environmental cues, the Magredi, a rare ecosystem of European steppe.

  • Travesio

    Travesio, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    In Travesio, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, the borgo di Toppo preserves the remains of the castle that once dominated the valley below, a magnificent example of Friulian fortified architecture.

    The first references to the farmsteads that made up the village of Toppo date back to the 1200s, when there were only eight. In the sixteenth century, their documented number grew to about twenty-five.

    In the municipality of Travesio, which can be reached from Toppo thanks to a splendid cycle path, at the church Pieve di San Pietro there are some interesting artworks of the fourteenth century by Giovanni Antonio Pilacorte and some frescoes by Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis, known as il Pordenone.

  • Bordano

    Bordano, Province of Udine, Italy .

    Open from March to September, in Bordano there is the biggest butterfly house in Italy.

    It consists of 3 large air-conditioned greenhouses (for a total of one thousand square meters), in which insects and plants from 3 specific tropical ecosystems thrive:

    1) the African jungle

    2) the Asian and Australian rainforests, 

    3) the Amazon. 

    In each greenhouse, fly free a thousand butterflies belonging to hundreds of different species and coming from tropical countries all over the planet.

    You can find more information about the house of the butterflies of Bordano here:

  • Diga del Vajont

    Diga del Vajont, Erto e Casso, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The Vajont Dam is the monument to the disaster that occurred on October 9 1963, when nearly two thousand people were killed.
    The landslide of a large part of Mount Toc in the basin, created a monstrous wave that hit the valley below with unimaginable violence, wiping out everything in its path.
    An entire village, Longarone, was erased, while Erto and Casso, two villages perched on the mountain opposite Mount Toc, were seriously damaged.
    A tragedy that stands as a gigantic witness of the poor and despicable inclination of the humans to give priority to profit over anything else.
    A necessary visit to understand, reflect, remember, educate.
    So that such a terrible mistake will never be repeated.

  • Parco delle dolomiti friulane

    Parco Naturale Dolomiti Friulane, Via Roma, Cimolais, Province of Pordenone, Italy .

    The Park of the Friulian Dolomites encloses the mountain group between the courses of the rivers Tagliamento and Piave, which overlooks the western Friulian valley, including almost forty thousand hectares among the most beautiful in the whole region. 

    The Dolomite peaks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the magnificent natural landscapes make this park a real paradise for hiking, trekking, and alpinism.

    Those who wish to get more in-depth information can visit the Parco website, where it is also possible to book one of the numerous guided tours, at the following link: