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.
This 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.
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
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 leisure
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
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
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