This tourist guide cannot and does not want to be
an in-depth guide to the events of the First World
War in the Natisone Valleys.
The eleven itineraries shown in this guide are not
really planned to be done all in a day. The reader
will notice that, excluding a few circumstances,
the distances and the travelling times are
fairly extensive and are indicated for trained
These initiatives are to be seen as means of discovering the Natisone valleys and the routes, which unite them to the Isonso valley; it can
therefore be done in sections, or as desired.
Each itinerary should be done either on foot, on horse or by bicycle. These last two methods can easily be adapted to be done on foot; the other way round however is not possible unless it is specifically indicated.
Place of interest
Most of the places of interest in these itineraries can
also be reached by car and extensive indications
are given. They are indicated:
In blue -
How to reach these places via car.
In brown -
Explanations specifically referring to places and
events of the First World War.
||In red -
Descriptions of other places of artistic, historical
and environmental interest.
When doing part of the itinerary not on a tarmac
road, it is advisable to use the detailed map
Tabacco, with scale 1:25,000, sheet Natisone
valleys – Cividale Del Friuli which also indicates
the paths marked by the Italian Alpine Club
(otherwise known as Cai trail signs). Names of
places in Slovenia are only written in Slovenian
except for historical famous places in which their
Italian name is also specified. For places in Italy
their name will first be written in Italian and then
in their original topographical name in Slovenian
(once again consult the map Tabacco 1:25,000
in the bilingual edition edited by the Comunità
Montana Valli del Natisone).
Eating and acommodation
The website www.potimiru.org offers an updated
list of restaurants and accommodation in the
Natisone and Isonso valleys. For places to eat in
Italy is it worth trying local places that offer rich
and curious local gastronomy which is the result of the combination of influences from Slovenia,
Friuli, Italy and other regions of Mitteleuropa;
there is specific mention of this on the website.
The Isonso valley has now become an established
tourist destination. In the Natisone valleys there
are however very good hotel offers, holiday
homes, alberghi diffusi (an Italian invention
that could be described as multi-building hotels)
and bed and breakfasts. Using these facilities,
the visitor can give an important contribution to
the development of tourism in a zone that until
now has been disadvantaged by the presence of a
border and this will also help to preserve the vast
naturalistic, cultural and historical heritage that
this tourist guide attempts to present.
Sugestions for those who use mountain bikes
These itineraries are not marked on the territory
with any specific signs. For further information,
guided excursions and practical advice contact
the “Saltainbici” association c/o Franco Rucli,
certified Simb (Italian School for Mountain Bikes)
instructor tel. 0432/725159, cell. 335/1476381.
Apart from the advised itineraries in this guide, if
paths and roads of the area are not well known, it
is advisable to use tarmac roads that pass almost
all of the most interesting areas from a historical
landscape point of view. In general these paths and
dirt roads can be used all year round. During the
summer however, with the growth of vegetation,
a few sections can be difficult to cross. During
the winter as a result of frost and snow shadowy
areas can become impassable and dangerous.
Some downhill area because the gradient and the
consistency of the ground have high technical
difficulties. These are indicated in the guide. In
very steep and difficult sections it is wise to get
off the mountain bike and to continue on foot.
Always use a helmet and check the working order
of your bike. Carry a repair kit and a provision of
food and drink.
Always respect the environment and try not to
abandon paths and roads. Those on foot always
have precedence along paths. Do not paths with
useless braking and/or skidding.
This guide has been produced by the
Pro Loco “Nediške Doline – Valli del Natisone” and the Don Eugenio Blanchini Association
Province of Udine,
Saltainbici Sport Association,
Click Idea snc of Bragalini Tatiana & C,
Planinska Družina Benečije,
Association for Equestrian Tourism in the North-east,
Comunità Montana del Torre, del Natisone e del
Ustanova “Fundacija Poti Miru v Posočju”
Publishing Editor and Coordinator:
Antonio De Toni,
Ustanova »Fundacija Poti Miru v Posočju«,
Printed in December 2007