Here you find the first chapter of a long post series dedicated to the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane, Friulian Dolomites National Park, one of Friuli Venezia-Giulia most unspoiled and authentic destinations. I will soon write a specific post about the Parco, a natural protected area located in the north-western part of Friulia Venezia-Giulia, since there are many appealing aspects to be examined in depth. Let me just say that the Parco is a real natural oasis, just 30 minutes far from Pordenone: it presents several geological, enviromental and natural distinctive traits, well observable along its numerous, well-organized trekking itineraries. Today I am reporting about a guided excursion, that made me discover enchanting landscapes and Andreis village, I recently took part in.
The excursion took place on December, 20th, 2015 and was held by Franco Polo, one of the Parco authorized nature guide. During the visit, he proved to be thoroughly involving and was able to transmit all his love for Friulian Dolomites. Franco comes from Monfalcone, on the Adriatic coast near Trieste, but he deeply fell in love with this mountain area and decided to settle in Val Cellina, one of the most important valleys in the Parco.
The excursion began from Pical, a bar located on the Strada Provinciale di Andreis: I thought I was going to hibernate since the temperature was -8° celsius at the beginning of the tour! We quickly reached our first step, Prapiero: the name of this area means “Piero’s fields” and presents a couple of mountain houses surrounded by green gardens. The atmoshpere was quiet and transmitted us a sudden peace.
Then we hiked on a hill covered in beeches, with innatural buds on the branches: a negative consequence of global warming. After the short hike we reached an upland that awarded us with the tour first breathtaking view: the peak of Mont Raut could be perfectly seen from that point.
Afterwards, we got to Alcheda, the higher part of Andreis municipality, characterized by typical stone houses with wooden walkways, that can be found in the near village of Poffabro. By walking in Alcheda I felt like coming back to several decades in time, in a rural Italy we are slowly losing: stone buildings, no fences, huge fields. We then proceeded to Andreis, crossing a pebbly riverbed and admiring the mountain peaks above our heads.
Andreis is called the village of fountains: several fountains could be found walking along the village alleys, that were jauntily decorated for Christmas. We plunged in a cute village, with Christmas trees, wooden animals, green decorations… and poems! As a matter of fact, Andreis streets were embellished by some poems by Federico Tavan, a local poet that died a few years ago and that showed a violent feeling of love and hatred towards his native village. Some of Andreis alleys seemed like being suspended in a fairytale atmosphere, which I really adored. After a short visit to the birds’recovery center of the village (the visit is free and includes all the cages where wounded birds of prey from Friulian Dolomites are spending their time, waiting to be freed and to fly again over the mountains), we came back to the starting point of the tour, still with the wonderful images of what we had just seen in our mind.This entry was posted in Friuli-Venezia Giulia