The hills. The moraine amphitheatre
Touring the surroundings of San Daniele, roaming through the hills and along the River Tagliamento, is an exciting and singular experience made of art and nature, ancient castles, medieval routes and unspoiled landscapes and nature. There are both footpaths and bicycle paths.
Fagagna: The Quadris Nature Reserve
The unusual landscape includes about thirty lakes forming a rectangular area, giving the place its name of “Quadris”. One of the species that has found a suitable habitat here, thanks to the damp environment and the man-made structures set up in the reserve, is the hermit ibis, a very rare member of the stork family.
Go to the web site of the reserve
Castles and villas: Arcano, Villalta, Moruzzo, Brazzacco, Colloredo and Susans
Starting out from San Daniele, the castle route winds for about ninety kilometres through several towns and villages in the Friuli area. You will be able to admire old manors as well as medieval and Renaissance ruins, and even secret parts of trenches, tunnels and paths dating back to the two World Wars. There are splendid views to be seen.
Go to the website of the Villas
This is one of the last rivers left in Europe that still follows its original course. From the top of the hill of San Daniele or, better still, from the western slope of Mount Muris, it is possible to appreciate the winding course of clear water flanked by a wide bed of gravel. The presence of the river regulates the humidity and temperature in the area, thus helping the hams to mature correctly.
The Lake Cornino Nature Reserve
This nature reserve covers an area of about 500 hectares (1235 acres). It can be reached by following striking paths through rugged and wild landscapes leading to the crystal clear water of Lake Cornino. Guided tours of the reserve, which is a place of refuge for a number of species of birds, including birds of prey such as the griffon vulture, are available.
Ragogna: The lake and Mount Muris
An ancient footpath leads down from the old town centre of San Daniele and on towards Lake Ragogna, a flora and fauna treasure trove, with its reed groves, peat bogs and marshy meadows. The species to be seen here include grey herons, mallards, moorhens and mute swans.
Ragogna: The Archaeological Museum and the Great War Sites
The Archaeological Museum has a collection covering a period of time spanning from the Mesolithic period to the Early Middle Ages.
The Great War Sites, on the other hand, is a project for circulating knowledge about the battlefields of the hills of the Friuli area, involved in the 1917 retreat.
Go to the web site of the Archaeological Museum
and of the Great War Museum
Forgaria: Castelraimondo Cultural Park and Antiquarium
Castelraimondo is an important archaeological site where a fortified village, then a Roman fortress and lastly a medieval castle succeeded one another between the 4th century B.C. and the 14th A.D..An antiquarium has been set up in the town hall in Forgaria, where the items discovered during the digs are exhibited.
Go to the website of the archaeological site
Osoppo: The Fort
The Osoppo fortress complex contains the ruins of defensive structures built in different periods of history: an ancient Celtic settlement, a Roman oppidum, the citadel mentioned by Paul the Deacon (or Paulus Diaconus), the castle given to the Abbey in Sesto al Reghena, the fortalice belonging to the Republic of Venice, and the fort built in the Risorgimento period. There are currently three itineraries: the Castel Novo route, the Underground Fort route and the Napoleon Hill route.
Go to the website of the Osoppo Fort