Robie is an Italian artist who now lives in the US. She loves to share useful vacation tips and first-hand knowledge about Italy.
Hiking in the Italian Alps
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.
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 in Northern Italy, Close to the Borders With Austria and Slovenia
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 the 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 to 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
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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.
Ta Lipa Pot Loop
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.
Who Regularly Maintains the Trails?
"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.
Chill on the River Beach
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Robie Benve
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on May 17, 2018:
Hi Nicole, yes, that's one of the things I really miss about Italy. In a few-hour drive, I could be on the Alps skiing, boating on a beautiful lake, visiting an awesome city, or at the beach. A lot of variety and options, something for everyone to love. I hope you can visit your ancestors' region soon. :)
Thanks for your comment.
Kitty Fields from Summerland on May 14, 2018:
Wow! What a beautiful place! I want to travel to Italy in the next few years. I have ancestors who were from northern italy (not sure exactly where) but I know it was alpine region. Looks like Italy is diverse and beautiful. Can't wait to visit!
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on November 03, 2016:
Hi bdegiulio, I sure love staying off the beaten path when traveling. The problem is knowing where to go and what to expect, that's why I try to write about it, and I know you do too. So many hidden treasures to discover! Ah, if I only had the time and money to see them all! lol :)
Thanks for your great comment.
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 25, 2016:
Beautiful. I would call this off the beaten path in Italy. Looks to be a wonderful area with amazing scenery and thankfully, very few tourists. We were able to visit the area just to the west of there a few years ago in the Dolomites and hope to return some day. Just a beautiful region of Italy. Great job, thanks for sharing with us.
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on July 22, 2016:
Dear vocalcoach, you are right, writing the article reminded me what a great time we had in Stolvizza - a peaceful green paradise - and how much we still have not explored of those great trails! Make me want to jump on a jet as well. Thanks a lot for reading and your feedback. :)
Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on July 21, 2016:
Hi carolynkaye, I truly loved visiting and hiking there, glad to hear that I was somehow able to convey that beauty in my hub. Thanks a lot for your comment!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 19, 2016:
What a dream vacation this would be! The photos alone make me want to hop on the next jet. Thanks for the information and introduction to these magnificent hiking trails.
carolynkaye from USA on July 19, 2016:
Very nice Hub with helpful info and great photos. It looks like the perfect place to hike. Thanks for sharing!