The #alpine dairies trail: #trekking in search of genuine #flavours and pristine wild life around #Sauris

Dedicated to all mountain lovers who want to get away from city life and want to enjoy three days of walks in a spectacular scenery, with tasty food, wild nature all around and relax in the hotel’s wellness centre.



Day one

Arrive late afternoon in Sauris
Entrance to the hotel’s wellness centre
Dinner in local restaurant
Overnight at Riglarhaus Hotel or Albergo Diffuso in Sauris



Day two

Excursion with nature guide (scheduled excursion)
Lunch at one of the dairy farms (in low season, when the farms are still closed, we will provide a packed lunch)
Entrance to the hotel’s wellness centre
Dinner at leisure
Overnight at Riglarhaus Hotel or Albergo Diffuso in Sauris


Prati fioriti



Day three

Morning at leisure to enjoy another excursion, a visit to the artisan workshops and / or a tour of the ham factory with a delicious ham and beer tasting, before returning home


Sauris prosciutto



Clothing/Equipment: Wear high mountain hiking clothing: weather and temperatures can change with little notice.
Validity: May 23 to October 12, 2014 (excluding July 1 to August 31, 2014)

Package for minimum of 4 people



From                    To               Type of accommodation and meal plan    Nights Cost

01/09/2014        12/10/2014      Hotel 3*; BB+1xdinner+1xlunch                    2            165

01/09/2014        12/10/2014      Albergo Diffuso; BB+1xdinner+1xlunch        2            170

01/06/2014        30/06/2014      Hotel 3*; BB+1xdinner+1xlunch                    2            180

01/06/2014        30/06/2014      Albergo Diffuso; BB+1xdinner+1xlunch        2            185


The price per person includes:

Day one
Arrival and check-in
Relax in the hotel’s wellness centre
Dinner in local restaurant
Overnight at Riglarhaus Hotel or Albergo Diffuso in Sauris

Day two
Guided excursion in company of a nature guide
Lunch at one of the dairy farms (in low season, when the farms are still closed, we will provide a packed lunch)
Relax in the hotel’s wellness centre
Dinner at leisure
Overnight at Riglarhaus Hotel or Albergo Diffuso in Sauris

Day three

The price per person does not include:
Personal insurance (prices on request), Drinks at meals if not mentioned, Everything not mentioned


Info and Booking:



#Gourmet and culture: an itinerary to discover #Carnia and #Friuli Venezia Giulia

During your tour in the Northeastern corner of Italy, you will enjoy some true genuine hospitality and experience life in the less touristy areas, where the secrets of traditional cuisine and hand-craftsmanship are kept alive and passed on from one generation to the next.

You will be sleeping in a quaint village in Carnia, but from there you will travel every day to different areas of the region.

While food and wine feature centrally in the itinerary, your week in Carnia will be more than an Italian cooking courseit will be a hands-on cultural event!  Some of the best and most innovative chefs of the area will explain the principles of transforming simple local ingredients into great cuisine. Both they and the women of our villages will guide you in preparing traditional dishes based on local products.


wine expert will teach you the art of wine tasting and we will take you on a guided wine-tasting tour in the famous Collio region, where some of the best Italian white wines are made. You’ll have the chance to visit several local villages, see the traditional method of making cheese and smoking prosciutto (the traditional method for conserving food), go wild herbs or mushroom picking with experts (depending on the season and the weather conditions) and use these herbs, mushrooms and dairy products to make delicious but simple dishes you’ll be able to prepare at home for your loved ones.

Located in the north-eastern corner of Italy, bordering on Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, the Alpine mountain community of Carnia is a little-known jewel of antique Roman origin. A predominantly agricultural society with extensive forests, this is a place where a proud heritage based on antique traditions and customs, skilled craftsmanship, attention to small detail, slow rhythms and warm hospitality have merged with periods of economic hardship and the need to make a living with locally available products. The result is a rich local culture, a solid community with an attention to quality and to innovation.

Forni_di_Sopra_malga_varmostHere nature dominates, with the majesty of mountain peaks, the broad expanses of well-maintained and productive forests, hidden treasures such as waterfalls and canyons, and a rich flora and fauna. The dramatic peaks of the Dolomites also rise above numerous small ancient villages with their narrow lanes, their houses in stone and wood and large stone courtyards.

The strictly seasonal cuisine uses genuine  local products which the mountain climate imbues with a special flavour. Developed over centuries, it has been jealously conserved in the mountains and valleys of Carnia, but it has also been renewed as new tastes and traditions have mingled with the old. Local wisdom in the hands of the people of Carnia is evident in the handicrafts, made of fabric, wood, iron or stone.

Groups are small (between 6 to 15 people), so that everyone gets a chance to try their hand at every technique, from making fresh gnocchi to lovingly stirring a wild mushroom risotto to perfection.

You will also have the chance to take mountain hikes, eat at local mountain refuges and gourmet restaurants alike. Local experts will explain the history, the architecture and archaeology of Carnia and will share their perspectives on this special place.

You’ll stay in well-appointed apartments of the “Albergo Diffuso di Comeglians” in Maranzanis and Povolaro, in the tastefully restored homes and barns of these little mountain villages. You’ll mingle with the locals and drink wine in the local “osterie”. In short, you’ll experience the culture of our territory.

“Entering our houses is like entering our history, our art and our culture. The quietness and the environment you can find here welcome you!”.

The poet Leonardo Zanier has reserved this welcome speech to the guests of Albergo Diffuso of Comeglians, in order to make everybody realize the purpose of this innovative touristic offer. The guest has at his/her disposal neither a simple room, nor a house. The aim of Albergo Diffuso is infact to let the traveller fully appreciate and experience the genuineness of this area, for him to enjoy the everyday’s life of the hamlet, and for him come in contact with the still unspoilt nature and traditions. Choosing to stay in an Albergo Diffuso, means having the opportunity to spend a holiday in the privacy of ones home, while enjoying hotel services.  The reception functions infact exactly like a concierge and here you receive the necessary help and information in order to spend at best your stay in the village.

Saturday Arrival in Italy

You arrive at Venice airport.

We pick you up at the airport, and bring you to the town of Comeglians where you will stay in the “Albergo Diffuso”, which means a hotel, spread out in the tastefully restored 18th and early 19th century homes of the two adjoining villages, Maranzanis and Povolaro.


These are charming self-contained apartments, managed by the Cooperative of the albergo diffuso. We’ll help you get settled in to your apartment where you’ll find a basket filled with local products for your enjoyment and tomorrow’s breakfast, prepared especially for you by the ladies of Maranzanis.

We’ll give you a map of the local area where you can take a walk or a short hike.  We can arrange transportation if you want to explore further.

6.00 pm

Join us for an informal presentation of the history and culture of the mountain community of Carnia with a local expert and a welcome aperitif at the restored antique osteria and conference room Casa Boter in Povolaro, where we have set up an exhibition of works of art by local artists.


Dinner in the ancient town of Pesariis at “Sot la Napa” housed in the exquisitely restored 17th century home, built on a 15th century foundation. The restaurant and agritourism is run by the Bruseschi family and uses only the organic products grown here.


Chef Eliana Bruseschi will introduce you to some of the local seasonal specialties such as mountain radicchio which grows wild at 1000 metres altitude and higher and is picked just as the snow begins to melt in the spring, or bleks, a hand made pasta of buckwheat flour.

Sunday  “Le Malghe” (from mid June to mid Sept)

        or “Wild Herbs or Mushrooms” (in Spring or Autumn)



Between mid June and mid September the cows, sheep and goats are transferred to the Alpine mountain pastures and cheese production begins, using traditional techniques and some modern equipment. These summer dairy farms are known as “malghe” and are at the centre of much of the productive life and traditions of the mountain community in the summer months. Many of these have been restored and sell their products directly or, in some cases, even prepare simple dishes.



10.00 am

Guided visit to Malga “Pozof”, on Mt Zoncolan, where a variety of cheeses and butter are produced and you can see the traditional method of smoking ricotta cheese (a fundamental pasta condiment in these parts) over the open circular fireplace, called a “fogolar”. Those who are a bit energetic can take an easy hike up to Monte Talm before we meet back at the Malga for lunch of simple traditional dishes and a sampling of their dairy products.



NOTE: If you travel in spring or autumn, when the Malghe are closed, the progamme includes a walking guided excursion with the wild herbs or mushroom expert and the return to Comeglians before lunch which will be at your leisure. The ingredients you will manage to pick during the excursion, will be used by our chef Lorena for tonight’s dinner.



Have a free afternoon to rest or wander up the hill to Braida and Clavais, a delightful village looking out over mountain peaks and the Val Pesarina. We can provide you with maps and information and transportation can also be arranged.

5.30 pm

LorenaJoin us for a cooking demonstration by Lorena Palmano in the dining room of the Albergo Diffuso in Comeglians.


7.00 pm

Informal Dinner at Albergo Diffuso in Comeglians with Chef Lorena

Monday “The wines of Collio”


Morning at leisure 

2.00 pm

After a free morning and lunch, we leave for a visit to the south eastern region of Friuli. We’ll stop at Cividale del Friuli, to see the extraordinary mediaeval square and have a short walk around.

Our final destination is the Collio wine region where we’ll see the process of wine production and try out ourwine tasting skills at Villa Russiz Vineyards.



The Collio wine region is a hilly area on the north-eastern tip of Friuli Venezia Giulia bordering on Slovenia and famous for its excellent wines, especially white wines. The combination of its terrain and climate produce the acclaimed Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Picolit and other wine using grapes indigenous to this area. This wine area is home to hundreds of small, family-run state-of-the-art wine producers, many of whom regularly win national and international awards every year.



8.00 pm

Three course dinner at “Osteria La Subida” in Cormòns, the main village in the Collio region.


La Subida is an 18th century bourgeois rural home transformed into a residence and restaurant, where the mixture of German and Slavic origins is apparent in the cuisine, accompanied, of course, by a vast selection of wine from the proprietor’s personal cantina, exclusively from local producers.

The Osteria is sister restaurant of La Subida Trattoria, voted amongst the best 101 places to eat in the world on Newsweek-August 2012.


Tuesday “Smoked prosciutto of Sauris” and the Malghe

                (Malghe are open only from mid June to mid Sept)


10.00 am

We leave for Sauris, a village of German origin. We’ll take a tour (by quad or jeep) up the mountain to the malghe that continue to produce cheese using traditional methods, where during lunch we can taste their products.

Sauris prosciutto

Sauris is also famous for its smoked pork products: prosciutto, speck, salami. In fact, with the chronic shortage of salt, smoking became the typical way of preserving pork. We’ll visit the local smoking houses and ham factory and the Zahre artisan beer factory. In Sauris we’ll see also the revival of traditional skills such as fabric weaving and wood carving.

Before leaving Sauris, we will drive to the hamlet of Lateis where we will pay a visit to the Schneider family’s Riglarhaus restaurant overlooking Lake Sauris.  Here, chef Paola Schneider interprets her mother Caterina’s recipes based on ancient local culinary traditions such as sauerkraut, cooked ricotta with polenta, crepes with wild mountain asparagus, wild herb soufflé, dishes with prosciutto of Sauris and other delights. For us she will prepare some tea and cakes based on the local wild fruit production.



NOTE: If you travel in spring or autumn, when the Malghe are closed, the programme includes a more relaxed visit in Sauris, a visit to the Prosciuttificio, a guided excursion in quad or jeep over the paths around Sauris and lunch at the Riglarhaus Restaurant with Chef Paola Schneider revealing her cooking secrets to you. This lunch will replace the lunch in the malga and the afternoon tea.

Return to Comeglians by latest 6.00pm

8.30 pm

Dinner prepared by with Chef Lorena Palmano in the Albergo Diffuso Dining Hall


Wednesday “Full day excursion with destination of your choice”




10.00 am

Today the minibus and driver will be at your disposal.

 Tre_cime_di_LavaredoCortina d'Ampezzo

There are many interesting destinations you can reach. We suggest a tour across the three borders of Italy, Austria and Slovenia, or maybe some shopping in the world-famous Town of Cortina, the queen of the Dolomites.

In order to leave you complete freedom to choose your time schedule, we have not organised any meals for today. If you however return before evening closure, we suggest the Pizzeria Tomasin in Comeglians.


Alternatively we can organise demonstrations of “Boiled wool” or “Hand Tufting” techniques with the local artisans in Comeglians.


Thursday “Carnic Arts and Traditions” and farewell dinner with famous Chef Cortiula at the Ethnographic Museum


Morning at leisure


3.00 pm

After a morning spent at leisure, we’ll visit in Villa Santina the traditional textile weaving factory “La Tessitura Carnica”, where they still use hand looms and use traditional designs to make exquisite linens in cotton, linen and wool.


We then leave for Tolmezzo, capital of Carnia.


In Tolmezzo where we’ll visit the Arts and Crafts Museum of Carnia with a local guide. After the museum you will enjoy some time at leisure to wonder through Tolmezzo’s historical centre and maybe do some shopping before returning to the Museum.

19.30 pm

We meet back at the Museum of Arts and Crafts where a wine expert will guide us through a wine tasting during the dinner prepared by Chef Daniele Cortiula, a famous local Chef who has won many Italian TV cooking competitions, by cleverly mixing the genuine ingredients you can find in Carnia. Despite the fame, he has remained loyal to his territory and we are very proud of him; he is very active in promoting the Carnic cuisine and it will be an honour for him to share with you some of his tips and recipes.




Friday  Departure  (unless you choose to extend one day in Venice)


08.30 am Departure for Venice.

Our driver will accompany you to Venice Airport.

The journey will take approximately 2 hours.

Good bye and see you soon!! –—–—–—–—–—


For those who would like to extend their stay in Venice

we can assist you with booking the Venice hotel and a personal guide who will show you the best locations.

Once at Venice Airport, you will be able to take a public transport/taxi motorboat to the hotel.

A local tourist guide will meet you at the hotel at 2.00pm and will guide you for half a day through San Marco Square, the Basilica, the Churches, the Palazzi, the narrow roads, the bridges, the museums and the squares of this beautiful city.

Lunch and dinner are at leisure.

We recommend that before going to sleep, you ask the concierge to book the airport taxi boat for tomorrow.

Overnight in a 3 star hotel

Saturday  (if you have chosen to extend one day in Venice)


Time at leisure until departure by taxi boat to the airport


Good bye and see you soon!! –—–—–—–—–—


Prices are available upon request for the following combinations:

– 6, 8, 15 participants

– including/excluding transportation

– including/excluding Venice

Contact us for more info.

#WWI – A #trekking #weekend of #remembrance, to honour the life of those who fought on the Friulian #Alps, hills and planes

If you choose to join us on a “trekking weekend of remembrance”, we will guide you through some of the most important battlefields in Friuli, the north eastern corner on the border with Austria and Slovenia, where the battles where made harder by the impervious terrain on which they were fought. 

You will walk on the ridge of the mountains to discover trenches, communication trenches, observation towers, tunnels, bunkers, artillery locations, machine guns and rifles; on the summit you will appreciate the incredible closeness between the two opposing lines of defence, situated only a few hundred meters from each other, in some cases only tens of meters.


Learn about the history of women who become heroines of history: the Carnic Bearers (Portatrici Carniche), who continually risked their lives, in order to guarantee the communications between trenches and front lines, sneaking in with food and ammunition for the fighters.

We have designed an itinerary which starts from the plains and gentle hills around Ragogna and ends the next day with a full day trekking experience on one of three open air battlefields in the mountainous “Carnia Zone“ on the border with Austria.

Forte_Monte_FestaThis area is so rich in “War locations” that we could not fit them all in in a short weekend. We have mentioned just a few, leaving to you the choice among those we have suggested. If you however have any other locations dear to your heart because maybe one of your ancestors fought in Friuli, feel welcome to give us the details and we will work out an itinerary based on your suggestions, and if needs be, extend your stay by one or more nights.

An historical expert of World War I will be with us at all times.



Day 1

Arrival in Ragogna in the afternoon and guided visit of the Museum of World War I in Ragogna, before joining a 3 hours guided excursion to be chosen between:

A. Austro-Hungarian Trench Complex along the River Tagliamento

On the banks of the Tagliamento River

On the banks of the Tagliamento River


B. Historical path of the Mount Ragogna with Italian trenches and permanent fortifications. This has been a battlefield after Caporetto

After the excursion you will travel to the chosen location to check-in

Dinner at leisureMonte_Zermula


Day 2


Enjoy a 6 hours guided excursion included packed lunch. You can choose between three itineraries/locations:

A. Mount Pal Piccolo and/or Mount Freikofel through an exceptional high altitude Alpine battlefield between Austria and Italy. On request we can also stop at the Historical War Museum of Timau



B. Mount Zermula, an interesting example of high altitude fortification within a unique Alpine scenery

Monte Zermula

Monte Zermula










C. Fortress on Mount Festa, one of the most striking locations of war. We will discover the fortress which was under siege in November 1917

Monte Festa

Monte Festa




Individual price: € 85,00 per person

The individual price includes:

  • 1 Night in double or twin room in a B&B, Albergo Diffuso or Hotel, in a location which will vary according to the excursions you will select
  • 1 Breakfast
  • 1 Packed lunch on the second day
  • 2 Days in company of a certified Expert of World War I  who will take us on the main historical sites, both within the four walls of a museum, and high un in the hills and mountains among paths and trenches. We suggest to wear appropriate clothing
  • Entrance fee and guided visit to the Museum of World War I in Ragogna
  • Guided excursion to the trenches on the Tagliamento River or the fortifications on Mount Ragogna (3hours)
  • Guided excursion to the Open air Museum of Freikofel or to Mount Zermula or to the Fortress on Mount Festa (each of these itineraries will take approx. 6 hours)

The individual price doesn’t include:

Personal insurance, transfers and anything not clearly mentioned


  • We suggest suitable clothing for the excursions
  • Validity: every Saturday night starting from 23rd March through to 31st December 2014—Excluding high season, August and local festivities
  • The individual price is valid for the overnight in a double or twin room and a minimum of 6 paying guests taking part to the guided activities (Bookings of less than 6 people travelling together (e.g. a family of 3) will be added to other individual bookings to make up a small group of at least 6 people)
  • In the morning of the arrival day we recommend a visit to the Sacrario of Redipuglia (the biggest War Cemetery in Europe  – see picture here below) and to the nearby III Armata Museum


Italian Dolomites : Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the summer, Cridola from Varmost slopes in winter


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”.
Denis Waitley

6-8 June 2014 #Dolomiti No Borders International Youth #Football #Tournament – Forni Avoltri

WHEN:    6 to 8 June 2014
WHO:     International young footballers born between 2001 and 2006


We are proud to announce the first edition of the DOLOMITI NO BORDERS TOURNAMENT which will take place in Forni Avoltri from 6th to 8th June 2014.

The competition is open to Italian and foreign football teams with players born between 2001 and 2006.

The tournament will give every participant memories to cherish and there is also a rich programme available for families who wish to follow their kids to the Dolomites and take advantage of this splendid location.


PROGRAMME OF THE TOURNAMENT (click here to download the brochure)

Thursday 5th June 2014 (OPTIONAL)
16.00hrs Arrival of the teams. Check-in at the hotel
18.00hrs Press conference and technical meeting
20.00hrs Dinner

Friday 6th June 2014 (OFFICIAL START)
10.00hrs Opening ceremony with local authorities
and journalists
11.00hrs Opening game
12.30hrs Lunch
15.00hrs Start of the football matches
20.00hrs Dinner

Saturday 7th June 2014
09.00hrs Start of the games
12.30hrs Lunch
15.00hrs Start of the games
20.00hrs Dinner

Sunday 8th June 2014
09.00hrs Start of semifinals
12.30hrs Lunch
15.00hrs Finals
16.00hrs Awards ceremony


Areal view of the location


The tournament takes places right on the borders between Italy and Austria, in Piani di Luzza, within the municipality of Forni Avoltri. This is a lush and picturesque location, surrounded by the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps: definitely a magic setting where the delicate balance between man and nature has gracefully withstood the passage of time.


2 x grass fields

The convenience of having all football fields within less than 300mt from the accommodation facilities will allow the young footballers to concentrate on their matches and will let them also enjoy some spare time to play some other sports or make new friends: the numerous indoor and outdoor facilities will indeed encourage the social life during the tournament.


2 x Synthetic fields


View from the Residence

The bedrooms in the Residence are well suited for young people who like to share their space with their friends.





The location is also ideal for families and supporters who wish to accompany their youngsters, and take advance of the pure air and relax in this idyllic scenery.

For those who will want to stay at the resort, there is a swimming-pool with wellness centre, possibility to practice minigolf and horse-riding as well as trekking and mountain bike.


Indoor swimming pool


Campo Polivalente Millia

Campo Polivalente Millia

Upon request, ACTM will organise transfers from rail stations and airports to reach Forni Avoltri, as well as excursions for those teams who will be accompanied by relatives and supporters and wish to stay a bit longer in this area and explore the region.

Here are some pictures of the locations you can visit on a one-day excursion from Forni Avoltri (ideal for friends and families who accompany the team but also for the teams who wish to extend their stay for a few days):







World War I -  Trenches

World War I – Trenches

World War I - Forts

World War I – Forts

Alpine huts

Alpine huts

Bled in Slovenia

Bled in Slovenia

Wine-making regionWine-making region

Dairy farms

Dairy farms

Ham factories in Sauris and San Daniele

Ham factories in Sauris and San Daniele


How to get there

For other pictures of the location, residence, fields and excursions, please click here


Enrolment is open and will close on 15th April.

We will be happy to hear from you.

info & booking:
info @

Summer in Forni di Sopra


Watch the Video of a Summer in Forni di Sopra (click here). You might just get inspired and decide to come and spend a few days on the lesser known wild and beautiful Friulian Dolomites

Take a dip into wildlife, come to Forni di Sopra

Italy’s Collio wine route: top 10 guide

Italy’s Collio wine route: top 10 guide

Italy’s north-eastern Collio region offers a startling array of little-known wines, with small, friendly vineyards to visit and a selection of cosy places to eat and stay between gulps

 – The Guardian, Friday 3 May 2013

Collio vineyards

The vine-clad hills of Collio, northern Italy. All photographs by John Brunton

An hour’s drive north east from Venice, the rolling vine-clad hills of the Collio region boast an outstanding selection of white wines and some surprising reds too. These can be followed on a narrow, winding Strada del Vino that runs for 50km from Dolegna del Collio, past the regional “wine capital” of Cormòns, as far as San Floriano del Collio.

Winemakers are very happy to receive visitors, and many offer B&B accommodation too. The distinctive local cuisine is hearty mitteleuropean rather than classic Italian, and every month sees some kind of wine event. The great white wines here are malvasia, ribolla gialla, pinot bianco, friulano and sauvignon, but there are also interesting local reds such as refosco and pignolo, as well as the luscious dessert wine picolit.



Venica & Venica, Dolegna

Venica winery

It is easy to miss the sign for Venica & Venica’s cantina, down a tiny road surrounded by vineyards. This is one of the Collio’s classic family-run wineries, founded 80 years ago by Daniele Venica and run today by his grandsons Gianni and Giorgio. The brothers produce some outstanding whites – pinot bianco, malvasia and pinot grigio. Be sure to try their collio bianco, a top-end blended white. The cellar is always open for tastings (except Sundays), but call ahead and you can book a two-hour tour, with a detailed explanation of how the wines are made. There is a nominal charge of €8 for this, but for those who then buy wine – and most do – the fee is waived. Even better, stay in the sprawling B&B (doubles €100), which has a big pool and a tennis court.
• +39 0481 61264,

Paolo Caccese, Cormòns

Paolo Caccese, winemaker

You can’t miss Paolo Caccese’s cantina, sitting atop a vine-covered hill with, at the entrance, the three tall cypress trees that appear on his wine labels. He is a true eccentric who makes perfect, elegant wines on a small six-hectare estate. “I grow wonderful grapes here on a rich soil in an incredible position on the hillside,” he says. “So I just do the minimal in my cantina. The grapes are already perfect, and I prefer to let them create their own magic.” He makes a dozen wines, including oddities such as a fruity müller-thurgau, an aromatic traminer and a delicious passito, a late-harvest verduzzo, and a few reds; merlot and cabernet franc. Prices begin at €8.50 a bottle, and although Paolo is not an email person, he is always ready to let people taste his wines if they give him a call first on his mobile.
 +39 348 797 9773,

Franco Terpin, San Floriano del Collio

Franco Terpin, winemaker<br />

Franco Terpin describes himself as an artisan winemaker but he is also the guru of a band of increasingly vocal natural wine producers on both sides of the border. Their wines have none or very little sulphite and are macerated for a long period using only natural yeast. Terpin’s vintages spend one year ageing in oak barrels, one year in steel vats and then three years in the bottle before going on sale – heresy to most other winemakers. But Franco is open to discussion and tastings with enthusiasts who call to make an appointment. “Quite frankly,” he says, “natural wines are the only ones I drink now. I can’t stand a chardonnay with a banana aroma that is chemically induced.” His pinot grigio has an incredible colour, half pink, half orange, his 2006 sauvignon has none of the usual characteristics, and he has launched a very affordable range called Quinto Quarto, at €10 a bottle.
• +39 0481 884215,


Enoteca Regionale di Cormòns, Cormòns

Enoteca Cormons

Cormòns is the capital of the Collio region, and before deciding which winemaker to visit, stop off at this wine bar that represents 34 neighbouring producers. There are over 300 vintages in the cellar and almost all can be tried by the glass, from €1.60. Plates of affettati, from €8, include salami, cheeses, smoked trout and boiled ham with freshly grated horseradish. The place is always packed with local viticoltori trying each other’s wines.
• +39 0481 630371, enotecacormons.itclosed Tuesday

Osteria Cantiniere, Cormòns

Osteria Cantiniere, Italy

This rural osteria is owned by a cooperative, representing 150 winemakers. The quality may not be quite as high as at family-run vineyards, but the prices are very competitive with bottles from €4. This is a rendezvous for everyone in the Collio, from vineyard workers to estate owners, lawyers and industrialists. A small lunchtime menu changes daily, with everything freshly prepared, from spaghetti with sausages, pork knuckle and sauerkraut, or tender roast veal. Wine is €1 a glass, a plate of pasta €5, mains from €6.
• +39 0481 60579,, closed Tuesday

Osteria Koršic, San Floriano del Collio

Osteria Korsic, San Floriano del Collio

You’ll probably need a satnav to find this osteria just 100m from the border. It does not look much from outside, but this is a serious gourmet restaurant with a chic dining room and inventive menu by young chef Damjam. The biggest surprise though is the reasonable prices, with a four-course tasting menu at €25, featuring dishes such as traditiona lbiechi (hand-cut squares or triangles of pasta) with turnip greens, and smoked ricotta. The wine list is also impressive, with every producer from the neighbouring villages of San Floriano and Oslavia represented, from €12 a bottle. If Koršic is full, a fun nearby alternative is Agriturismo Stekar (Via Giasbana 25, +39 0481 391929), a pig farm and vineyard that doubles as a weekend restaurant, serving home-cured salami, pumpkin and wild mushroom orzotto and gallo in umido, a rich capon stew.
• +39 0481 84248,


Borgo San Daniele

Borgo San Daniele, Collio

Brother and sister Mauro and Alessandra Mauri make some of the most elegant Collio vintages, and their three guest rooms have designer decor, modern art and subtle avant-garde lighting. There’s a pool, a luxuriant garden and a grand salon where everyone sits in the evening tasting the award-winning wines. Jiasik, a surprising mix of riesling and malvasia grapes, ia very well-priced at €10. They also host poetry readings, art exhibitions and concerts.
• +39 0481 60552,, double with breakfast €85, free bikes

Azienda Agricola Picech


After young winemaker Roberto Picech built a new farmhouse and state-of-the-art cantina, he and his wife started last year to rent out three rooms. The decor is rustic, and each room has a to-die-for terrace overlooking rolling vineyards. Breakfast is served in the kitchen at a long wooden table, where evening wine tastings are also held, and guests really feel part of this friendly young family. The wines are good value at €11 a bottle, including an especially potent malvasia.
 +39 0481 60347,, double with breakfast €80, free bikes


La Subida, Cormòns

Josko Sirk, owner of La Subida, Collio

Josko Sirk is probably the best-known personality in the Collio who does not make wine. The son of refugees from Yugoslavia, he transformed La Subida, his father’s homely osteria, into an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant with a brilliant wine list. His designer wooden chalets in the surrounding woods are the most original place to stay in the Collio. But his real passion, il mio hobby, as he says, is vinegar. He uses his own ribolla gialla grapes to make a deeply flavourful aceto aged in oak barrels. A half-litre bottle costs €15 and there is a spray for €7, perfect for spicing up dinner parties.
• +39 0481 60531,, chalets from €90 a night

Azienda Agricola Zoff, Borgnano

Cheese at the Zoff dairy farm

Part of the fun of tasting wines in the Collio is that the viticoltore invariably offers a tempting plate of local ham and cheeses to accompany the wines. Everybody urges you to try the D’Osvaldo family’s famous prosciutto crudo, smoked in cherry wood and laurel (, and the formaggi made at Giuseppe Zoff’s farm, where there’s a farm shop selling freshly made ricotta and yoghurt, tangy aged latteria cheese, and caciotta flavoured with wild herbs and flowers. There’s also a five-room B&B with “natural breakfasts” made with farm products.
• +39 0481 67204,

EasyJet flies to Venice and Ryanair flies to Trieste and Treviso from several UK aiports.


Contact us for more info on the region and bokings



How to Learn A #Language in 90 Days

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’~Nelson Mandela

I personally speak 6 languages: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Friulano. Would love to speak more because I find them fascinating. I often wake up in the morning after having dreamed a situation where the characters all spoke their own language, but all understood each other. Probably my next language will be Portuguese, and the next one after that will be Chinese. Who knows? There are no limits to the human capacity to learn, as long as you keep trying you will reach your goal!

Editor’s noteI found this article by Maneesh Sethi of Hack The System very inspiring and wish to share it with my followers. This is a blog about travelling so you might ask yourself why I decided to share it in my blog. Why? Because whenever I travel the world, I try to speak to the heart of the locals and let the locals speak from their hearts. 

How to Learn A Language in 90 Days

I still remember the happiest moment of my life. I had decided to throw a party for my Italian friends while living in Florence, Italy. My friends didn’t speak any English, and I vividly remember throwing the party and trying to only speak in Italian. And then, someone asked me to tell a joke.

I don’t know if you know this, but telling jokes in another language is one of the most harrowing experiences you can imagine.

I began the joke. C’era una volta (Once upon a time) …

Halfway through the joke, I began to get flustered. I couldn’t remember the Italian word in the punchline. And 30 Italians were staring at me, waiting for the joke to end.

At the last minute, I remembered and completed the joke. I waited for the sound of crickets … but instead experienced a thunderous laugh and a round of applause. I had made dozens of Italians laugh, in their country, in their language.

Until today, that memory continues to be one of the happiest moments I’ve ever experienced. And it’s the reason that, over the last four years, I’ve studied languages and now speak five: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Becoming bilingual opens up a whole new world—a world of different people, of different cultures, of different emotions.

Learning a second language has many cognitive benefits. For example, learning a new language has been shown to delay Alzheimer’s, boost brainpower, reduce cognitive biases, and even increase concentration and the ability to tune out distractions. Your ability to build better habits will improve by learning a new language.

But, more so than cognitive effects, the ability to speak a second language has a ton of social benefits. There’s bliss in having the ability to order food in the waiter’s native language, to eavesdrop on people in an elevator, to impress natives by speaking with and understanding them.

The coolest thing about learning your second language is that it makes learning a third, fourth, or fifth language much easier. The challenge isn’t in learning a new language, but rather learning how to learn a language. Once you know the techniques, you’ll be able to apply the same grammatical patterns and language techniques in every new language you learn. It’s for this reason that, while Italian took me 3 or so months to master, Spanish took only 2 months and Portuguese took just a few weeks.

Why most people are wrong about language learning

I studied spanish for several years in high school, and even got good grades on national exams. But one day, when I actually tried to speak the language, I suddenly realized.

Four years of studying Spanish in school, and I couldn’t even order a burrito.

So what went wrong? According to official standardized tests, I was an expert in Spanish. But I couldn’t even do the most basic of tasks!

The fact is that we not taught languages in the ideal way. Students study languages in huge groups and think that a few worksheets and grammar exercises will be enough to learn a language.

Yet almost no one actually learns to speak.

In actuality, by doing worksheets, we are practicing for just that—for worksheets. But if you want to learn to speak, well, you actually have to practice by speaking.

So when people try to learn to speak a language out of a book, or with Rosetta Stone, I try to show them that they won’t achieve their goals that way. If you want to speak, you have to practice speaking. And if you want to speak a language rapidly, well, you have to start speaking. A lot.

The Basic Strategy Of Rapid Language Learning

Learning a language can seem daunting, so I’m going to provide an overview of the general strategy, before we get into the specifics.

Here is the breakdown. We’ll go more in depth into each of these later on.

1. Get the right resources for learning: A grammar book, memorization software, and films/books.

2. Get a private tutor. You want one for at least a month. I recommend four hours/day.

3. Attempt to speak and think only in the new language. Every time you can’t remember a word, put that word into your memorization software. Practice your vocabulary daily.

4. Find friends, language partners, and other speakers of the language. Once you can have basic conversations with your private tutor, you need to find other partners. If you haven’t already, think about moving to the country where the language is spoken. Consider a group class. Practice continuously. Stop speaking English.

That’s the basic strategy. Again, this strategy is intensive, because learning a language in three months is a difficult task. If you’d prefer to learn the language more slowly or you don’t have the ability to move to a new country and practice 4-8 hours a day, then you can modify the plan. It is extremely important that you practice every day, however—20 minutes a day is much better than once or twice a week.

Some of these concepts are hard to understand through the written word, so I created a video series, just for Zen Habits readers, that teaches the steps to learn a language. Get the Hack The System Language Learning Videos here.

The Resources You Need To Learn A Language

In order to learn a language, you’ll need some items that you can practice with. Here are the resources I always use.

The Necessary Resources

A good grammar book. This is essential if you want to learn a language. I recommend Dover’s Essential Grammar series: the books are very cheap, concise, and thorough. When I lived in Italy, the Dover Essential Italian Grammar book became my bible. I read it everywhere, slept with it, and even memorized it.

A phrase book. This is similar to a dictionary, but for phrases. You can start memorizing full sentences and phrases, and you’ll naturally learn the individual words. I’ll talk more about memorization tactics shortly.

An online dictionary. For most romance languages, I recommend For German, try http://dict.ccGoogle Translate can be useful, but it easily becomes a crutch. Use it sparingly.

A memorization app. You have to memorize vocabulary. I always put new words in my app, and practice them every night.

If you’re on a Mac, check out the app Genius. This genius app (pun intended) uses time-spacing techniques to test our knowledge. You’ll randomly be quizzed on words or phrases you are trying to learn, and the more often you make a mistake, the more often you’ll be tested. I recommend you put English on the left column and your desired language on the right, so that you’ll learn to speak in a new language, not translate from it. If you’re on a PC, I’ve heard good things about Anki.

Resources to learn from

A Private Tutor. I highly recommend getting an in-person private tutor through Craigslist or a nearby language school. However, if you can’t find anyone in your area or they are too expensive, check out Edufire is a website that allows you to take private and group classes online over the Internet. Again, remember, private lessons are essential, so skip the group classes.

Free language partners and tutorsThe Mixxer is an incredible resource. It’s a site that allows you to connect, via Skype, with language partners all over the world. Just choose your native language, and what you are trying to learn, and The Mixxer will find partners with opposite needs (who speak your target language and want to learn your native language).

At the beginning, online partners are a big help. Why? First, because chatting is much easier than speaking, so you get a chance to practice your language. Second, chat gives you a log of what you’ve been saying—and it makes it easier for your partner to correct you.

I use and to find language partners and language meetups, no matter where I live.

I don’t recommend Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is incredibly slow. In Level 1, which takes 1-2 months to complete, you’ll only be familiar with the present tense. This is not a good use of your time.

Pimsleur tapes, on the other hand, can be beneficial because they help you practice pronunciation in the context of conversations. However, they are still quite slow. To test this, I started training with the German Pimsleur tapes two weeks before beginning my German classes. I felt like I was making huge progress by finishing 1/2 of the German 1 tapes—until I had surpassed that knowledge in fewer than two days with an actual teacher.

The 90 Day Plan to Learning a Language

It’s possible to achieve fluency, or at least a high speaking level, in just 90 days, but it requires intense focus. The biggest shift was in mindset: I had to change my self conception from ‘Maneesh: a blogger who wants to learn Italian’ to ‘Maneesh: Italian learner (who blogs in his extra time).

If you don’t have the freedom to focus fulltime on learning a language, that’s okay, but the process will take longer than 90 days. Just make sure that you continue to practice every day, or else you’ll lose your knowledge rapidly.

Days 1-30

The first thirty days are critical to learning a new language. You need to immerse yourself as fully as possible.

I highly recommend moving to a country where the language is spoken if you want to learn a language in 90 days. This will help you get into the language learning mindset, and will allow you to surround yourself with the new language. If you are able to move to a new country, try to live with a host family. You’ll learn a lot by eating meals with a family that hosts you.

In any case, during the first month, work one on one with a private tutor—not group classes. Group classes allow you to sit back and be lazy, while a private tutor forces you to learn.

This is important: you must be an active learner. Most people allow themselves to be taught to, but you have to take an active role in asking questions. The best way to understand this process is via video—part of the video series I made to supplement this post includes a sample of a class I took while studying Swedish, with explanations of the questions I ask during private training. Check out the language learning videos I’ve made for this post here.

You’re going to start encountering a lot of words and phrases that you don’t know, both with your private tutor, and when you practice languages on your own. Enter these words in your memorization software.

You want to start memorizing 30 words and phrases per day. Why 30? Because in 90 days, you’ll have learned 80% of the language.

This great article talks about the number of words in the Russian language.

the 75 most common words make up 40% of occurrences
the 200 most common words make up 50% of occurrences
the 524 most common words make up 60% of occurrences
the 1257 most common words make up 70% of occurrences
the 2925 most common words make up 80% of occurrences
the 7444 most common words make up 90% of occurrences
the 13374 most common words make up 95% of occurrences
the 25508 most common words make up 99% of occurrences

As you can see, you need to learn around 3000 to hit 80% of the words … probably enough before you can start learning words easily by context. At 30 words/day, you’ll have learned almost 3000 in 90 days.

Use mnemonics to help memorize words.

Days 31-60

After your first month, it’s time to focus on exposing yourself to the language as much as possible. After a month of private tutoring, you’ll have the ability to have basic conversations.

If your private tutor is getting expensive, you might consider doing advanced group classes at this point—it’ll save you money and give you access to other friends who are learning the language. Just be careful of speaking only in English. Try to make it a rule to speak in the new language as much as possible. Continue with your private tutor, if possible.

If at all possible, find a boyfriend or girlfriend who is a native speaker. Learning a language is much easier when you’re dating someone who speaks that language. I once met a man who spoke fluent Russian, and when I asked him how long it took to learn, he answered, ‘two wives.’ The best advice I can give you for finding a significant other is something my Italian friend once told me: “Couchsurfing isn’t a dating site … but it helps.”

Now is the time to start finding language partners. Check out the Resources section above and use The Mixxer and Couchsurfing to find people who speak the language you want to learn. Attempt to spend a few hours everyday practicing your language. At this point, because you have a basic grasp of the language, it shouldn’t be a chore—you are basically spending time socializing with new friends.

Try reading simple books in your target language and underlining words that you don’t know. You can add these to your memorization app.

You should start trying to think in the new language. Every time you try to express a thought to yourself, but can’t remember the word, write it down in your memorization software. Continue learning 30 words and phrases per day.

Days 61-90

By day 60, you should be in a good position to speak the language. You just simply need to keep practicing. Have deeper conversations with your language partners. Try to go out with them as much as possible—I’ve even found that a moderate amount of alcohol helps significantly with language practice.

Continue studying 30 words a day and practicing the ones you’ve already learned, and you’ll be approaching the 3000 word mark—enough to speak a language close to fluently.

By now, you can start watching TV and reading books in your target language. Rent some DVDs in the foreign language and try to follow along. If you need to, turn on the subtitles. Don’t worry if you have trouble, because understanding film is a lot more difficult than having a one-on-one conversation.

Keep on working on the language for several hours per day, and by the end of the month, you’ll find that you have a good grasp on the language. It’s pretty amazing what you can do in just 90 days with intense focus.


Congratulations! You’ve done it–you’ve learned a language in just 90 days. The best part is that you’ll find it much faster to learn your next language. You’ve done the hard part–learning how to learn a language.

You’ve unlocked a new skill. Language learning is about building a new habit—the habit of thinking and speaking in a new language. And once you perfect a single language, you’ve laid the foundation for doing even more.

Imagine, the next time you meet a waiter or tourist from Italy or Mexico or Greece, you could start talking, tell a joke, and—if you can remember the punchline in time—get to experience the elation of making someone laugh in their own language.

That, my friends, is zen.

27-30 June 2013 #Dolomites International Youth #Football #Tournament – Forni di Sopra

We are proud to announce the first edition of the  DOLOMITI INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT which will take place in Forni di Sopra from 27th to 30th June 2013.

The competition is open to Italian and foreign football teams with players born between 2000 and 2005.

The tournament will give every participant memories to cherish and there is also a rich programme available for families who wish to follow their kids to the Dolomites and take advantage of this splendid location.


PROGRAMME OF THE TOURNAMENT (click here to download the brochure)

Thursday 27th June 2013

16.00hrs Arrival of the teams and check-in at the hotel

18.00hrs Press conference and technical meeting

20.00hrs Dinner

Friday 28th June 2013

10.00hrs Opening ceremony at Ciasa dai Fornes with local authorities and journalists

11.00hrs Opening game

12.30hrs Lunch

15.00hrs Start of the football matches

20.00hrs Dinner

Saturday 29th June 2013

09.00hrs Start of the games

12.30hrs Lunch

15.00hrs Start of the games

20.00hrs Dinner

Sunday 30th June 2013

09.00hrs Start of semifinals

12.30hrs Lunch

15.00hrs Finals

16.00hrs Awards ceremony


The tournament takes place in Forni di Sopra, a quaint hamlet surrounded by the splendid peaks of the Friulian Dolomites in a very green and sunny valley. The location is sought after by nature and sport lovers from all over the world and it is particularly appreciated by many sport groups and associations because of its state of the art sport facilities: indoor swimming pool with sauna and chill-out area, multipurpose sports hall with gymnasium and free-style exercise hall, two natural grass football pitches, two tennis/small sided football artificial turf pitches, a multifunction pitch (basket, volley, etc), a skating track and even an all-weather bowling rink.



There are several accommodation solutions both for the young footballers and the families and supporters who will follow them to this quaint spot on the Dolomites.

ACTM will be on hand to organise excursions and cultural visits both in Forni and in the nearby hot-spots such as Cortina D’Ampezzo, Trieste, Collio Region for some wine tasting, Austria or Slovenia.


In Forni di Sopra you can enjoy a number of activities with no need to use a transfer: the Dolomiti Adventure Park, Minigolf, Climb Varmost, Swimming pool with sauna, Dolomiti Wildnerness Park, Horse-riding, Trekking and Mountain bike. There are also a couple of museums and Alpine dairy farms to visit.





AGE                   PLAYERS

2000-2001           11

2002-2003           7

2004-2005           7

TYPE OF HOTEL AND PRICE PER PERSON with full board for 3 nights/4 days

Type of room            Casa per ferie  Hotel 3 ***      Hotel  4 ****

Multiple(triple,quad)    € 186,00         € 198,00         € 231,00

Double                     € 204,00         € 218,00         € 246,00

Single sup./night        € 12,00           € 12,00           € 12,00

Extra night p.p.          € 40,00           € 42,00           € 45,00

Kids 3-6 yrs              – 30%             – 30%             -30%

Kids 0-2 yrs              gratis             gratis             gratis


– Three nights in the chosen hotel from 27/06

– Full board meal-plan

– Trophies, medals, gadgets

– Logistic assistance on the pitch

– Ambulance on the pitch

– Water and balls on the pitch

– Team daily entrance to the swimming pool

– Brochures


ENROLMENT BY: 05/05/2013 –

(NO entry fee charged to teams enrolling by 10/03/2013)


  • We can quote a two night stay to all teams who wish to stay only two nights (starting from 28th June), please contact us for more info

We look forward to meeting you in person in Forni di Sopra

 info @