The Julian Alps extend over both Italian and Slovenian national territory. The mighty rock faces of the Julian Alps alternate with elevations characterised by strips of rock overgrown with grass and steep slopes with compact or fragmented rock. Four elevations, which together with their subsidiary summits form four groups of mountains, determine the appearance of the Western Julian Alps: the Mangart (2,668 metres), the Wischberg (2,666 metres), the Montasch (2,753 metres) and the Kanin (2,587 metres).
The Saiseratal Valley, which is set against a striking mountain backdrop, including the famous Wischberg and Montasch peaks, is probably one of the most fascinating valleys in the Julian Alps. Many forest roads and trails branch off the asphalt road which leads from Valbruna to the excursion destination Oitzinger-Wiesen, with an open invitation to many beautiful hikes.
One of the best sites for enjoying an unequalled view of the whole mountain chain of the Julian Alps is the Lussari Mountain. The hike leads uphill through the Tarvisio woods along the charming pilgrims’ path to the pilgrimage church of Maria Lussari, which together with the small village of the same name has been the destination for pilgrimages by Italian, Slavic and German believers since time immemorial. According to ancient lore, the church was built on the point where the mother of God is said to have appeared. Impassioned skiers rate the Monte Lussari highly because of the Prampero piste. The pilgrims’ path (“Sentiero del Pellegrino”) is very popular with trekking fans.
Camporosso (in German Saifnitz) with the Fella and the Canal del Ferro/Eisental Valley on the one side and the Val Canale/Kanaltal Valley on the other side lies precisely on the watershed between the Adriatic and the Black Sea.
Tarvisio is one of the most important ski regions and mountain sport centres in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. This small town, surrounded by the Julian Alps, numerous valleys and extensive woodland, has a modern feel but also an “old soul”, and it also has many traditions which are well worth discovering. Due to its location in the “Dreiländereck” where Italy, Slovenia and Austria meet, Tarvisio is a crossing point for languages and cultures. The excellent regional cuisine bears the stamp of Friulian, Carinthian and Slovenian influences.