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.
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Itinerary

 

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

 

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Day two

Breakfast
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

Breakfast
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
Departure

 

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

 

Price:

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
Breakfast
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
Breakfast

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

 

Info and Booking:

AC TRAVEL MANAGEMENT (ACTM)

info@actmltd.com  www.actmltd.com

 

#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

 

Breakfast

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Afternoon

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.

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7.00 pm

Informal Dinner at Albergo Diffuso in Comeglians with Chef Lorena

Monday “The wines of Collio”

Breakfast

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.

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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.

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8.00 pm

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

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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)

Breakfast

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.

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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”

 

Breakfast

 

10.00 am

Today the minibus and driver will be at your disposal.

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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

 
Breakfast

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.

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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.

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

Breakfast

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!! –—–—–—–—–—

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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)

Breakfast

Time at leisure until departure by taxi boat to the airport

Departure

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

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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.

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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.

 

ITINERARY

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

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Overnight

Day 2

Breakfast

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

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Freikofel

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

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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

 

Departure

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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

Note:

  • 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

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

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“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

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

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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.

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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

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Areal view of the location

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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.

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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.

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2 x Synthetic fields

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View from the Residence

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

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Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

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.

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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):

Udine

Udine

Trieste

Trieste

Aquileia

Aquileia

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

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Dairy farms

Dairy farms

Ham factories in Sauris and San Daniele

Ham factories in Sauris and San Daniele

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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 @ actmltd.com

Summer in Forni di Sopra

Video

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.

 

WINEMAKERS

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, venica.it

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, paolocaccese.it

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, francoterpin.com

WINE BARS AND OSTERIE

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, cormons.com, 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, korsic.it

VINEYARD B&BS

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, borgosandaniele.it, double with breakfast €85, free bikes

Azienda Agricola Picech

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, picech.com, double with breakfast €80, free bikes

REGIONAL SPECIALITIES

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, lasubida.it, 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 (dosvaldo.it), 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, borgdaocjs.it

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

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Contact us for more info on the region and bokings

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

– 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

TEAM  ENTRY FEE FOR PARTICIPATION: € 100,00

ENROLMENT BY: 05/05/2013 –

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

Note:

  • 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 @ actmltd.com

 

#Twitter detox in an #Alpine hut on the #Dolomites – winter

There are numerous audio-visual files on the web at your disposal if you are trying to relax by means of listening to the sounds of nature.

We, instead, offer you “the real thing”: from the Alpine hut you will listen to the tweets, the real ones, not those of twitter, because you will leave twitter and facebook at home in the city, for a couple of days.

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In the woods you will listen to the sounds of the wild animals including birds, you will hear the rustle of leaves and branches, smell the mountain scents and the flavours of mountain cuisine, you will take your time to read a book or to tell a joke to your friends whilst sitting around the open-fire and drinking a glass of excellent local wine.

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For two enchanted days (or longer if you wish), you will detox from city-stress and modern life, and will discover how beautiful it is to live a “slow-life” for a few hours together with your dearest ones.

Twitter detox is ideal for a group of friends or for a family with kids: the accommodation is similar to that of the Alpine Huts, with a 6-beds communal room plus a double room which offers a little more privacy to 2 people.

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p.s. For the web fanatics, an internet connection is available, but if you’ll use it, the twitter detox will not work properly

Itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday

Arrival in Forni di Sopra in the morning

Lunch at leisure (there are catering services nearby)

Transfer with a snowmobile from Som Picol to the Alpine hut

Dinner at leisure (there are catering services nearby)

Overnight in the Alpine hut

Day 2 – Sunday

Breakfast

Transfer with snowmobile to Som Picol (in time for the last chairlift ride) and departure

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Included in the price:

  • Transfer by snowmobile from Som Picol (Varmost 1 Chairlift’s arrival station) to the Alpine hut
  • Overnight in the Alpine hut
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by snowmobile from the Alpine hut to Som Picol Chairlift’s station

Not included in the price:

  • All that it is not clearly indicated in the section “Included in the price”

Services at disposal with a little supplement:

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Chairlift ticket/Skipass
  • Ski and snowshoes equipment hire
  • Ski instructors, local Naturalist and Alpine guides
  • 1 extra night

Note:

Validity from 2nd February 2013 until 24th March 2013

Activity starts on Saturday and finishes on Sunday (unless you wish to extend your stay and arrive on Friday)

Minimum 2 persons – Maximum 8 persons

Total cost : euro 52,00 per person

Booking and info:

AC TRAVEL MANAGEMENT (ACTMLtd)       info@ actmltd.com