Hiking in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
On this short tour you’ll be able to discover some of the region’s natural wonders. Valleys, rivers, woodlands, and flourishing vineyards offer up unforgettable panoramas. Plus, there are also the authentic flavors of the local foods and the area’s fine wines.
Best season : Spring and summer
Included / Not Included
Arrival and Departure from Olbia airport / Golfo Aranci port
Assistance upon arrival at the Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari Airport
Vehicle rental with insurance or a minibus (minimum 7 people)
Double room at a Bed & Breakfast
Entrance into Foce dell’Isonzo Nature Preserve
Directions and suggestions for best beaches
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Upon arrival at the Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari Airport or the train station, you’ll be greeted by a representative of Italy Trails. You’ll be given a warm welcome and all the necessary you’ll need for your tour. The same person will also accompany you to pick up your rental car (or minibus). After taking care of any formalities, you’ll then – depending on your arrival time – check in to your room at your B&B where you’ll be staying and drop off your luggage. Right after that, you’ll head to the Rifugio, which will be the starting point for your hiking tour, where you can take a breather and even get a bite to eat before starting out on your excursion in the Val Rosandra. It’s a three and a half hour hike featuring beautiful panoramas of this little valley that was carved by a river that shares the valley’s name. You’ll also have the chance to admire the ruins of the only Roman aqueduct found in the Trieste area. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a front-row seat at a waterfall along the river’s path, a waterfall almost 40 meters (130 feet) high. In the summertime, you can even swim in the river’s cool waters, while in the winter the river freezes over – a spectacular sight. You’ll eventually loop back to the Rifugio, where we will await you with suggestions for where to have dinner.
Spend the night at your B&B.
After eating breakfast at your B&B, you’ll begin your drive towards the province of Gorizia. It’s an area that’s famous for its high-quality wines; we highly recommend that you try the Ribolla Gialla. The Sentiero delle Vigne Alte (The Tall Vines Trail) begins near the entrance to the Castello and is about 6 km (3 ¾ miles) long, round trip. It’s a little steep at the beginning, but after the first 300 meters (1000 feet) the trail opens up an astonishing scene of endless vineyards. As you continue up to the ridgeline, you’ll find a picnic area in the shade of the thick vegetation. The path continues on into groves of chestnut and cherry trees. If you chose to come in the fall, we suggest you bring along a bag for gathering chestnuts. As you continue your hike, you’ll find various scenic viewpoints where you can take in views of Friuli’s plains, along with the peaks of the pre-Alps of Giulia along the horizon. A short descent will bring you to a full-service, Italian-style equestrian center. We propose you take a break here and refresh your spirits with a lovely glass of wine, or shave a meal to try some of the area’s culinary goodness. After that, you can head back to your starting point, the Castello, where you can spend the night if you choose. You can also drive back to your B&B from before. If you end up with some free time, we suggest that you visit the city of Gorizia to take in its architectural heritage.
Spend the night at the Castello or at your B&B.
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