The truest side of Friuli
There are trails where the hand of people is evident, then there are others where it is barely noticeable, and where nature can grow undisturbed.
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Why you should do this hike around Pinzano
The Pinzano Ring route is an easy hike, suitable for the whole family.
The Pinzano ring trail unfolds entirely in the undergrowth, where one has the feeling of rediscovering the most authentic Friuli. As I hiked, I couldn’t help but thinking that if vegetation could grow free, much of Friuli would be just like that. A dense forest crossed by waterways, waterfalls, and pools.
The trail around Pinzano
We start the hike around 10.30 from the center of Pinzano, parking right in front of the Municipality. With your back to the Town Hall, on the left, next to a small shop, we find the first signs relating to the path. We’re following the CAI Trail nr. 822 and in front of us we have about 10 kilometers for a total difference in height of about 450m.
After a slight climb, we arrive near the Castle of Pinzano which we leave on the right (we will find it at the end of the path). We proceed for a few meters on the asphalted road and then, with a detour to the left, we enter the woods.
The trail starts flat but as we go into the woods, it shifts to a pleasant up and down that makes us decrease in altitude.
A hike for water lovers
We pass the first of many fords and for a stretch, we continue flat along the river.
After about two kilometers we meet the real wonder of this hike: the Sflunc waterfall.
The waterfall also marks the starting of the sloping section. We can feel the heat and it’s hard to start walking again after months of rest, but each climb is followed by a flat section.
We come across a ruin located in one of the few open spaces of the promenade. This is where I think about my initial consideration. We are close to the plain but around us, there is only woods, trees as far as the eye can see, bushes, lianas, flowers, and animals. Humanity seems to be far away, and that’s okay.
We reach Località Costaeorchia and from there we are finally able to have an overview of what surrounds us. The Castle of Pinzano is straight in front of us.
After passing a wisteria canopy, we continue to climb and after a few meters, we are at the highest point of the entire hike.
Pinzano and the two World Wars
From there on we descend until we reach Cja Ronc and continue towards the Military Ossuary of Col Pion. We thus enter the historical part of the walk where we will first meet the war fortifications, the Germanic Ossuary, and finally the castle.
Not much remains of the Ossuary which was supposed to collect the remains of the German soldiers who fell during the First World War. But the grandeur is still evident. There are tables next to the Ossuary that explain its history.
We hike past the Ossuary and prepare for the last climb to the Pinzano Castle and the conclusion of our trip. Of the castle, after the 1976 earthquake, only a few ruins remain, but from there you can enjoy a splendid view of the Tagliamento.
As we get back to the car I can’t help but think about how ironic life is. The areas of the Castle and the Ossuary are now dedicated to the breeding of goats. It is almost cruel to think of how many lives have been lost to preserve this strategic position of Pinzano. To see how today, those same places are used for farming, it teaches us that in life we should put everything in perspective.
The perfect ending for this hike: San Daniele raw ham
Stefano and I took 3 hours to complete the entire hike. We preyed on the proximity to San Daniele del Friuli to end our trip with San Daniele ham and an ice-cold beer (La Trappola).
Some recommendations on this hike
- The trail runs in the undergrowth and near a stream, the risk of finding slippery ground is high. It is therefore important to have the right shoes (I’m talking about it here). I suggest Goretex to tackle the fords without getting your feet wet. You can also bring sticks to help you on the descent.
- There are no refreshment points or water sources along the path. I, therefore, recommend you bring water supplies, especially if it is hot and you are with children.
I hope you enjoy this hike! On my Instagram profile, you will find the stories to take a better look at the path! Don’t forget to tag me if you take this hike!
See you on the trails!
- Length: 10km
- Elevation Gain: +450
- Duration: 3.30 h
- CAI trail: 822
- Difficulty: Touristic
- Suitable for children ?: Yes
- Restaurants along the way ?: No
How to reach Pinzano, Friuli Venezia Giulia
- From Udine: proceed towards San Daniele then follow the signs towards Pinzano al Tagliamento
From Pordenone: follow the signs for Cordenons, Rauscedo, Spilimbergo and finally Pinzano