DISCOVER THE WONDERFUL PLACES OF THE VALCANALE
A mix of breathtaking natural scenery and timeless historical sites will make your Valcanale experience unique!
For a legend to come to life, the surroundings must be magical, and these definitely are.
The legend linked to the construction of the Mount Lussari sanctuary was born on Mount Santo, where in 1360, a shepherd of Camporosso found all his sheep crouched as if in prayer in front of a juniper bush.
In that exact place, a wooden statue depicting the Madonna and Child was found, which the shepherd decided to bring to his village’s parish priest. Three times thereafter, the Madonna miraculously “returned” to the mountain. The priest considered it appropriate to report the incident to the Patriarch of Aquileia, who ordered the construction of the sanctuary. Mount Lussari, apart from being a place of prayer for the Tre Confini (Three Borders), is also a place of the highest naturalistic interest. Pilgrims and skiers gather there in winter, thanks to the presence of the renowned Prampero slope. It is accessed on foot via the Pilgrim’s Path (CAI path 613 617) or by cable car departing from Camporosso.
On the slopes of Mount Tschalawaj, a huge marble pyramid towers over a wounded lion, a symbol of the Austro-Hungarian Empire mortally wounded by the French. Here, from May 14 to 17, 1809, 390 Habsburg soldiers led by Captain Friedrich Hensel heroically defended Fort Hensel. This was built in stone in the mid-1800s, bombed during World War I and was recently made available to visit thanks to the “Fort Hensel” Great War Theme Park.
The ancient Calvario holy path forms a ring route with the new Animalborghetto mini-trekking path.
Starting behind the town hall, in the centre of the village, the route climbs towards the chapel of Sant’Anna, the starting point of one of the oldest “Vie Crucis” of Valcanale. This is followed by the seven ancient chapels, each containing two representations of the Via Crucis stations. On the top, in a panoramic position of great beauty, stands the Church of Calvario, perfect for a meditative stop, before descending into the village along the same path or the Anilmalborghetto mini-trekking path.
THE FUSINE LAKES
As beautiful as emeralds, the Fusine lakes are two: Inferiore (lower), at 924 metres above sea level, which has an area of 90,000 square metres and is about 25 metres deep, more than double that of the Superiore (upper), which is 10 metres in-depth and 928 metres above sea level with a variable surface of about 150,000 square metres. Lake Superiore is fed by the waters that descend from the Ponza Grande – Mangart circle. Its waters flow into Lake Inferiore through underground “channels” that pass under the morainic cord that divides them. The Rio del Lago is the only effluent of both lakes. The strip of land that separates the two stretches of water is characterized by several erratic boulders, including the Pirona boulder, which, with its 30,000 cubic metres, is among the largest in Europe.
Is the second biggest lake in the region, after the one in Cavazzo. Located in the Rio del Lago valley at an altitude of 959 metres, along state road 54, Lake Cave stretches for one and a half kilometres. The beautiful peaks of the Cinque Punte are mirrored in its waters(1919 metres). The formation of the lake is linked to a dark legend. Apparently, the ancient village of Raibl (Cave del Predil), inhabited by greedy and heartless people, was submerged by water following a tremendous storm that broke out as divine punishment after the inhabitants of Raibl refused to give hospitality to a poor woman and her child.
It seems that on the islet that still emerges from the waters of the lake was the home of the only generous old man who offered a bed for the night to the two wanderers. The lake offers equipped beaches where you can rent marine equipment, from kayaks to surf-bikes, from wetsuits to boats.
FORT BEISNER OPERA 4
Are underground barracks located in the bowels of Mount Palla – in German Kugelberg – in the eastern part of the Piana di Valbruna and built in 1938 just before the Second World War as part of the “Vallo Alpino del Littorio”, a fortified system beginning in Ventimiglia and reaching Fiume. The bunker, never actually used for war purposes during the conflict, was then reopened during the Cold War due to the strategic position of Friuli Venezia Giulia in the East.
Opera 4 can be visited thanks to the local association “Landscapes – Alpine Landscapes in Valcanale”.
ALTOPIANO DEL MONTASIO
Characterized by extensive pastures at the foot of the Montasio Jôf mountain range, this plateau is unique and easily accessible.
It is possible to be reached from Sella Nevea by car (6km) or on foot along the mountain path.
In summer, you can taste the dairy products of Malga Montasio and venture to the peaks along fascinating paths in the rock.
It is particularly scenic even in winter. It is a destination for many mountaineers who climb the slopes with mountaineering skis and then zip downhill in the fresh snow.