Hiking in the Italian Alps: Stolvizza, an Off-the-Beaten-Path Vacation
Stolvizza Is a Charming Town in the Val Resia, in the Italian Alps
Great Trails in Stolvizza
I'm originally from Italy and over the years, I went many times to visit my best friend who lives in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the North-East part of Italy.
We both are nature enthusiasts,and she's been taking me on several trails and hiking trips.
I discovered the hiking paths of Stolvizza in 2013, and I was immediately hooked. Stolvizza is a small village in the heart of the Italian Alps, close to the border with Austria. Six different paths with various degrees of difficulty are available on the mountain, all starting from the heart of the small town.
Hiking fanatics who reach Stolvizza will love the various trails that can be found there.
Six Exciting Hiking Options in Stolvizza
Hikers can choose among six exciting natural paths: Ta Lipa Pot, Matthew’s Path, Pusti Gost – Following the Past, the Stolvizza Easy trail, the daring and aptly named
Vertical Kilometer, and the newest addition, P4 for the Great War.
Each mountain trail in the "Stolvizza Paths" project is different and features a different part of Stolvizza.
Ta Lipa Pot, which in local dialect means "the beautiful path", is a path rich in history, traditions, culture, and unmatched natural beauty.
Matthew’s Path is designed to remember Matteo Mazzoni who in the summer of 2008 lost his life nearby on Mount Canin.
Pusti Gost – Following the Past meanders for 12 kilometers in an old path that shepherds used to bring their sheep to mountain pastures.
Stolvizza Easy is a ring that winds near the town for about 1.3 Km, great for those looking for a less challenging path.
P4 of the Great War was opened in 2015 to celebrate the centennial of World War I. The route is very scenic and touches two significant places: a war trench and a famous location that was home of a tragic event, both from World War I.
Vertical Kilometer is not for the faint of heart. This is intended to challenge hikers and features steep climbs and drops.
Mountain Biking in Stolvizza - The Pusti Gost Trail is perfect for some MTB excitement
Are You Planning on Going to Italy?
Stolvizza: a great peaceful location in Northern Italy, close to the borders with Austria and Slovenia.
Easy to Follow the Right Trail.
Each trail is identified by a color and a local mountain animal that is on all signs on the trail.
A buck is the mascot of Ta Lipa Pot, while an antelope leads the way of Matthew's Path. A doe is associated with Pusti Gost, and a squirrel symbolizes Stolvizza Easy. Finally, a mountain goat is on the signs of Vertical Kilometer (the hardest path), and a fox is the animal of P4 for the Great War.
You can choose if you want to follow the Ta Lipa Pot loop for 5 or 10 kilometers.
Closed During Cold Months
Due to bad weather during winter and early spring, trails are closed throughout this period and reopen at the end of March. Trails close in October, where a final guided tour is given before the off season.
Lots of Credit for the Trails Goes to the ViviStolvizza Association
"Vivi Stolvizza" is an association dedicated to improving the trails of Stolvizza that regularly maintains and improves the trails. Functions presided over by the association include:
- Creation of a beautiful large board in the Arrotino square with maps of all paths, news, and information. It shows all the routes and updates on trails.
- Yearly maintenance of the paths from detritus accumulated during the closed Winter and early Spring seasons
- Safety barriers (ropes and fences) along the routes are regularly checked and repaired;
- Interesting sites such as old limestone furnaces, ruins from the Great War, etc. have been made accessible and safe to visit.
- Path signage is kept updated and easily visible on the trail.
The Vertical Kilometer in Stolvizza - Video
Chill on the River Beach
© 2016 Robie Benve