Monte Pocivalo Loop is a 12.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lusevera, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.9 km Elevation Gain: 498 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




historic site

From Villanova delle Grotte and passing through the village of Zaiama proceed to the small village of Vigant. From here, a stairway path and a handrail lead to the stream that pays homage to the cave. The Grotta is characteristic because it is a "cave in the Flysch" and not in the limestone but in an alternation of different levels of rocks, subjected to various karst actions: in fact it is the largest "cave of contact" in Europe and the only one of its kind to be equipped (even if for experts) for underground tourism. The Abyss (some call it "Orrido") Vigant is a beautiful cavity that can be covered with about ten vertical descents reaching a depth of -254 meters. The entrance consists of a large swallow hole, very different from the entrances to the well. The development is over 1400 m. You pass over and pass a few dozen meters below the village Chialminis to exit at Borgo di Mezzo. For half a km you take the asphalt road to reach the village of Tamar on a dirt road. From here, for about 1.4 km, you follow a rockly trail (there is a nice hut to see) uphill until you reach the remains of a "battery" of the WWI (M.t Pocivalo) and continue for another mile to reach the Fort Bernadia (M.t Lonza, 828m, from the Latin "lancea(m)) and the lighthouse (visible at night time from Udine) of Julia (built in 1910 at about 800 m, it was included in the defensive system of the Middle Tagliamento and Torre stream). From here, take a path that winds inceasingly through rocks outcropping for over 5 km and passing through the m.t Bernadia (878 m, from the Latin "hibernaticam" = mountain pasture for "wintering") and Carnizza (from the Slovenian Krnica, valley shaped like a basin, pit) you reach Dolina, a village west of Villanova from where you can admire the Chjampon Catena, that of the Gran Monte (the longest and most harmonious chain of the entire Pre-Alps if not even of the Alpine orographic body between Italy and Slovenia -35 km-) and the central and most interesting part of the Catena del Musi (Regional Park of the Julian Pre-Alps).

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