We’ve been busy teleworking, video calling and vlogging more than ever lately. Nevertheless, it is healthy to go ‘offline‘ every now and then. I spent a weekend in a remoted chalet in the mountains. Wi-Fi connection was weak and there was no television, but the view was simply breathtaking. There is just no better feeling than slowing down in natural surroundings. Read my tips for the perfect weekend hideaway in the Carnic Alps.
The Carnic Alps
The Carnic Alps are a large mountain range, extending along the Austrian-Italian border. In the northeast of Italy, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, you will find the Italian part of the Carnic Alps (Alpi Carniche). The highest peak of the Carnic Alps is also located in this region: the Monte Coglians (2780 m).
Did you know that the places in this area are always mentioned in two languages? For example, not only the Italian name Paluzza is mentioned when entering this town, but also the Friulian name ‘Paluce’. Friulian is a Romance language spoken in the Friuli region.
Where to stay: Albergo Diffuso La Marmote
After checking in at the central reception of Albergo Diffuso la Marmote in Paluzza, we become accompanied to the holiday home we fell in love with months ago. The joyful announcements of the radio host fades away as we follow the narrow, winding road through the woods. When we arrive in the hamlet of Faas, where the chalet ‘Da Velio’ is located at an altitude of 1300 m, the silence and tranquility take over. ‘Da Velio’ is one of the 22 accommodations the diffused hotel Marmote offers.
This holiday home is simple, but very practical furnished. The kitchen – with connecting living room – is located at the upper floor. The bathroom (with shower) and the double bed are located at the ground floor. In cold periods, you can heat the chalet with two wood stoves. ‘Da Velio’ is a sustainable stay.
Please note that the internet connection is poor and that there is no television in ‘Da Velio’. However, you won’t miss it. The panoramic window in the living room offers a beautiful view. You can really sit there for hours without getting bored. It’s a bit like bingewatching, but without digital screen!
Hiking to Avostanis lake
Lago Avostanis is a glacial lake, which is located in the Carnic Alps at an altitude of 1936 m. It can be reached by foot, following hiking trail CAI n. 402 from Malga Pramosio (1521 m). The average time to reach the lake is 1h 15 min. – 1h 30 min. Malga Pramosio is accessible by car, but only via a dusty gravel road. Be sure to drive slowly! Read the full article about my hike to Avostanis lake here.
Historical highlight: Museo della Grande Guerra (Timau)
The war museums and memorials along the way remind us of the war history of this region. During the First World War, the mountain ridge of the Carnic Alps was part of the Austrian-Italian front line. Those who are interested can visit the museum in the village of Timau for a small entrance fee.