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).
Where to stay: Albergo Diffuso La Marmote
I’m searching for a sustainable stay in the Carnic Alps when I come across the website of Albergo Diffuso La Marmote. I notice the unique holiday home ‘Da Velio’, which is one of the 22 accommodations to rent in and around the town of Paluzza.
On the day of arrival, we go to the central reception in Paluzza for the check-in and after that we become accompanied to the chalet we fell in love with. The joyful tunes on the radio station Kiss Kiss fade as we follow the narrow, winding road through the woods. Kiss kiss a tutti! 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. This will be a unique stay!
We open the front door and immediately see a small gift on the kitchen table. We recieve a map of the area and a lot of useful documentation. Da Velio 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.
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! 😉
Interesting fact: the places in this area are always mentioned in two languages. Not only the Italian name Paluzza is mentioned, for instance, but also the Friulian name ‘Paluce’. Friulian is a Romance language spoken in the Friuli region.
Hiking to Lago Avostanis
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.
It’s a pretty short hike with stunning views along the way.
After a climb of about 3 kilometers, the glacial lake comes into view and I’m pretty sure I found paradise! The grassy lake shore stands out against the rocky peaks which enclose the lake. I enjoy a long picnic break. Meanwhile, a group of young people is enjoying lunch in the (unmanned) rifugio right behind us. “Le patate sono pronte”, I hear some of them say. It must be wonderful to just sit there and look at the stars at night, don’t you think?. My attention is suddenly drawn to a marmot crossing the snow field on the other side of the lake.
Good to know: Malga Pramosio can be reached by car, but the road is quite bumpy. You leave the SS52 near the village of Cleulis and drive towards the Via Martiri di Promosio. The asphalt road now quickly changes into a narrow gravel path, which runs through the forest for about 7 kilometers.
Historical highlight: Museo della Grande Guerra (Timau)
During the First World War, the mountain ridge of the Carnic Alps became the Austrian-Italian front line. Those who are interested in the war history of this region can visit the museum in the village of Timau for a small entrance fee.