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ST32 AAT: Cormons - Gradisca

· 8 reviews · Long distance hiking trail · Gorizia,Collio
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The hilly region of the “Collio Goriziano” is famous for its DOC wines. From the highest hilltops of the charming landscape along this stage you will catch sight of the summits of the nearby Julian Alps, and further in the distance the Dolomites. The “Laghetti rossi” nature conservation park is home to an interesting variety of water birds.
Distance 19.5 km
5:15 h
127 m
148 m
On this stage wine lovers will certainly get their money’s worth. In particular the entire region north of the little towns of Cormons, Capriva and Mossa up to the gates of Gorizia has acquired fame as a traditional wine growing region. Labels such as Ribolla Gialla, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Picolit and Malvasia Istriana occupy a regular place amongst the noblest favourites of wine lovers.

The main place in this magical hilly landscape in the immediate vicinity of Gorizia is the pretty little town of Cormons with its Habsburg charm, which is surrounded by small picturesque villages on the border with Slovenia in which Slovenian is spoken. The mountains and the sea are close enough to touch : The simply unique microclimate here due to the winds and the temperature fluctuations is the ideal complement to the typical marly soil of the Collio, known locally as “ponka”, which could not be better for wine growing. It is well worth stopping at one of the typical wine cellars, where the wine matures in large casks and the master of the wine press guards the secrets of his art!

Whilst the Collio was originally a hilly landscape characterised mainly by oak trees, the appearance of the landscape has now changed greatly: While the forest has been pushed back to the northern slopes, the southern slopes are now covered in extensive vineyards laid out in terraces. The Piana del Preval, once marshland, still shows a few traces from the period when it was drained, and a few lakes have remained. Further southwards the hilly landscape gives way to the alluvial plain of the Isonzo. Past the hills of Farra d’Isonzo the small town of Gradisca emerges, once an important outpost of the Republic of Venice under the rule of the Habsburgs.

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Highest point
130 m
Lowest point
25 m
Best time of year

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Cormons (54 m)
45.958443, 13.471857
45°57'30.4"N 13°28'18.7"E
33T 381584 5090565


Gradisca d’Isonzo

Turn-by-turn directions

In the “La Subida” district of the municipal area of Cormons we turn off from the SR409 onto the slightly descending, leisurely vehicle track which takes us past the medieval village of Preval (CAI 99). Whilst the forest stretches out on the slopes of the hills to our right, on the left-hand side we catch sight of some of the small bodies of water of the Piana del Preval. After the Preval lakes, the route takes us onto the ridge of a hill in the village of Russiz, where we meet up with the vineyard route “Sentiero delle Vigne Alte” (or a possible variant from La Subida onwards). The route downhill leads us across the Versa stream (CAI 99) and via several narrow roads until we are close to Capriva del Friuli. We come to the remarkable “Laghetti rossi”, a small nature conservation park with interesting water bird species. These “red ponds” are in fact artificial pools which were created through the extraction of clay for manufacturing bricks.

A level asphalted section follows, which takes us across the national road SS56, then leads into the village of San Lorenzo Isontino (CAI 99). We continue to follow the markings for trail no. 99 towards the Farra hills. We soon catch site of the Isonzo. Before we cross the provincial road SP351 we pass the Casa Pusnar, which houses a museum. Via the underpass beneath the motorway we come to the floodplain landscape of the Isonzo, where vegetation typical of wetlands is predominant. We continue to follow the markings for trail no. 99 and come to Gradisca: This walled town in a favourable strategic position on the course of the River Isonzo is rich in culture and history, and was once of much greater importance than it is today.



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45.958443, 13.471857
45°57'30.4"N 13°28'18.7"E
33T 381584 5090565
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Kätty Kaes
August 27, 2021 · Community
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Jeff Miller
August 07, 2020 · Community
Like hikers before me going N to S, the first part was best. I saw no signage after getting out of the woods before Russic. Since the AA trail app wasn't working good, I opted for Google maps the rest of the way.
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Sabrina Bechtold
October 14, 2019 · Community
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19.5 km
5:15 h
127 m
148 m
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