January 4th, 2020
One of the big advantages of living in Trieste is the possibility to explore a lot of hiking routes. Today we chose a nice hiking trail in the Friuli region, that passes through small waterfalls and mountain villages.
The route is very beautiful and varied and can be done as a day hike, even if you live in Trieste as I do.
10 hours (6 hours of walking)
- small authentic villages surrounded by mountains
- variety of landscapes
- waterfalls and streams
- ghost village with friendly “custodians”
- pleasant tiredness and many impressions at the end
- Water and/or hot tea
- Something for a snack: sandwiches, nuts, bananas, chocolate.
- Hiking shoes are required.
- Warm clothes are required if you travel in winter. I would recommend putting some layers of clothes, as it will be hot enough during the climb.
- Download the map of Italy. I use the application Mapy.cz To my mind, it is one of the best applications containing maps with a lot of hiking and cycle routes and sightseeing information.
The car is required to reach the route. Our destination is Borgo Travasans (Moggio Udinese, Province of Udine, region Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Italy).
GPS: 46.4103233N, 13.1860706E
Once arrived you can park in via Don Domenico tessitori, right near the initial point of hiking.
Friuli hiking trail, part 1: from Borgo Travasans to Borgo di Mezzo
Right after the pointer “Valle di Monticello”, the path starts gradually to go up. I have to say that it is the most difficult part of the trail, as it mainly goes up. However, the path is various and certainly, you will not get bored.
Just in a few minutes, you will need to cross an old stone bridge.
After that, the trail will cross the silent forest with its nice colors. Even in the winter, when all the colors are pale, the forest looks enchantingly.
Someone left the bike 🙂
Similarly like all hiking trails in Friuli, this path is characterized by incredible panoramic views over the mountains. Even passing through the forest, from time to time, you will see such wonderful views appearing through the trees.
Borgo di Mezzo: small village surrounded by mountains
The main ascend part of the route finishes in a small village Borgo di Mezzo (point 1 on the map), surrounded by mountains.
It was a weekend day and we met some people there, including a nice old lady who told us that nobody lives in the village permanently. The place is located quite far from civilization, therefore people come here only for the weekend or vacation, to escape from the chaotic life of big cities and enjoy the nature.
Passing through the village, pay attention to the small church. The church was destroyed during the earthquake in the year 1976 and completely restored in the year 1999.
Near the church, we found a nice fountain with potable water. Use this opportunity to refill your bottles.
Friuli hiking trail, part 2: from Borgo di Mezzo to Borgo Moggessa di là
Leaving the village Borgo di Mezzo, we are moving in the direction of Borgo Mogessa di là (point 2 on the map). You will find many small waterfalls along this part of the route, therefore the nice sound of water will accompany you all the way long.
There are many small streams on the way, created by waterfalls. Be careful crossing them to not fall down, as happened to a friend of mine. Luckily she was not injured, but continue walking in wet clothes was not very pleasant.
This nice toy mill was found near one of the waterfalls.
Having reached Borgo Moggessa di là, make a lunch break. It is a very quiet place with a nice panoramic view and very clean mountain air.
Moggessa di qua – the ghost village
Our next point is Moggessa di qua (point 3 on the map) the ghost village. I have to say, that the way to this village is the most scenic part of this Friuli trail. Rocky mountains, bridges crossing the rivers, huge stones. Certainly, it is one of the best hiking trails in the Carnic Alps.
Finally, we reached Moggessa di qua the ghost village that was significantly destroyed as a result of the earthquake in 1976. Ruins of buildings, abandoned houses and silence around create strange feelings and scare a bit.
However, some nice and friendly “locals” we met there 🙂 We called them custodians the village 🙂
Friuli hiking trail, part 3: coming back to Borgo Travasans
The last part of the loop is easy, offering again a variety of landscapes. So, even if you feel already tired enough (as we did), breathtaking views over the Carnic Alps with snowy peaks and mountain villages will not leave you indifferent.
To conclude I would like to say that the Carnic Alps are less famous, and to my mind are underestimated from the hiking point of view. The nature is very rich and different here, and there are many interesting hiking routes to explore.
If you are somewhere in the Friuli region and are passionate about hiking, I strongly recommend you to try its trails. You can find some suggestions in the blog section devoted to hiking in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.