Historic Trails in Faedis

1st route – Zucco and Cucagna Castles

Castles of Zucco and Cucagna, Faedis

You leave from Borgo S. Anastasia, m 181 a.s.l. This neighborhood is situated right under The Castles and was built at the same time as these, when you had the servants’ houses and stables here; its name comes from an ancient church, now gone. Our walk begins by taking the path, which has been the only way of access to the Cucagna and Zucco castles since the Middle Ages. After about a 15-20 minutes walk, you arrive at the Zucco castle, m 299 a.s.l., where you can look at the XVIth Century country church and a wonderful panorama. Keeping on the path for about 10 minutes, let’s reach the Cucagna castle, m 357 a.s.l, whose reconstruction is way ahead. The solid-looking tower is particularly suggestive and was recently restored.
Past the Cucagna Castle, after a few minutes you get to a crossing, from which you can either keep on walking and get to Porzûs, get down to Poiana or keep on to Faedis.
Getting down to Poiana, you can either keep on walking through the woods until you reach the Partistagno Castle over the Borgo Faris neighborhood in the Attimis Commune. Towards late 1200, said castle and all of its belongings passed on to the Cucagna family, upon orders of the Patriarch of Aquileia, because of the extinction of the previous household.
Keeping on to Faedis, instead, you can take the path to the small San Rocco Church (during the restoration works, a cycle of frescos on Saint George appeared, dated between 1300 and 1400 and belonging to the school of Vitale da Bologna).
Along the way, you will pass near the remains of a building, which was probably used as a watchtower during the castle times. The walk is about 80 minutes long and no specific clothing is needed, as long as it is sporty and comfortable.

2nd route – Canal di Grivò to “Malghe di Porzûs” (Baita Topli Uorch)

Baita Topli Uorch

The walk begins in Canal di Grivò, m 228 a.s.l., where you take the trail to Gradischiutta, m 364 a.s.l. After a short stop, let’s keep on to the Santa Maddalena Church, probably built on the ruins of an ancient fort. Next stop is Clap, m 684 a.s.l.; from here, you will go on along the path taking you to the Mount Iauar, m 1005 a.s.l. After this you will follow through to the “Malghe di Porzûs” (Porzûs Alp), where the February 1945 tragic events took place.
In Clap, you can decide to make your route about an hour longer, going on to Porzûs. The walk is about 2h 40 minutes long; to face it in a most comfortable way, it would be definitely better to wear trekking shoes or boots, if you prefer.
Once at the Alp, you can decide to proceed on to the “Bocchetta di sant’Antonio”, taking the path, whose mouth is on the trail leading to the alp.

3rd route – Stremiz, Canebola, Mount Ioanaz

Meadows Mont Joanaz

This is one of the oldest paths, widely used in the past. Starting from Stremiz, m 315 a.s.l., you will walk along the path leading to Canebola, m 669 a.s.l. From there, you will keep on to the “Bocchetta di Sant’Antonio”, m 788 a.s.l., through which you can enter the Farcadizze, a small valley of precious naturalistic beauty. After the Bocchetta, let’s move on towards Mount Ioanaz, m1167 a.s.l.
The walk is about 2h 20 min long and to face it, it would be advisable to wear trekking shoes or boots, if you prefer them.

4th route - Canebola, Pedrosa, Valle, Mont Joanaz

Between Pedrosa and Canebola

This route gives you the chance to better savour the landscape you can admire from the Faedis mountains. The walk begins in Canebola, taking the path to Pedrosa. Once there, you can either keep on to Valle, thus making the walk a little longer or to The San Lorenzo Mount. Our next stop will be Mount Ioanaz, m 1167 a.s.l. The walk is about 3 hours long and it requires appropriate clothing and shoes.

5th route - Canal del Ferro, Costalunga, Raschiacco


Your walk begins in Canal del Ferro, a small neighborhood near Faedis, which can be reached through the same street leading to Canal di Grivò. The ancient “mulattiera” taking you to Costalunga can be taken in Canal del Ferro di sopra, m 204 a.s.l. or in Canal del Ferro di sotto, m 188 a.s.l. Whichever way you decide to start from, the path will lead you directly to Costalunga, m 593 a.s.l. From here, you will keep on to the Mount Forchiai, m 482 a.s.l.
Along this path, halfway between Costalunga and Mount Forchiai, you will be able and choose to get down by a forestal road, which is located only a few meters under, arriving at “Ponca”, a small pond on the Grivò torrent. Keeping on the path will lead us to Raschiacco instead, m 179 a.s.l.
The walk is about 1h 30 minutes long and to face it in a more comfortable way, it would be advisable to wear trekking shoes or boots, if you prefer.

6th Route - "Nel Ban" Ring

Sentiero del Ban Colloredo di Soffumbergo

Thanks to the Colloredo Soffumbergo Pro Loco Association (soffumbergo@yahoo.it), to the inhabitants (and former ones) of Soffumbergo and the support of Comunità Montana Torre Natisone Collio and of the Banca Popolare di Cividale it was possible to recover and make an important part of the woods easily accessible again, that cover the hills of the Faedis Commune. “Nel ban” is a restored net of paths in the area between Colloredo and Valle, between the municipalities of Faedis and Torreano, where the visitor can get in touch with nature, immersed in the silence and tranquility of the woods. The level of difficulty varies between the touristic one and the excursionistic one in the CAI-elaborated scale. It is well-signalled: 18 further tables have been added to the usual signals. The rise is 405 meters.
You are advised to wear light but high boots and bring a flask or water bottle with you. There is a wide variety of suggested paths, all of them have a walking time of about 90 minutes. Paths are available during the whole year, but visitors must keep in mind that the Autumn is hunting season and that the paths are often inside private properties.