Discover the northeast of Italy

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By Alessia Morello

Hi girls,

Today I decide to write a different post.

It’s not just a trekking post, it is more a celebration of my homeland.

Discover the northeast of Italy – The place where I’m from

You have to know that my region is not considered much at all in Italy. Sometimes this is sad and sometimes I’m happy for that because we don’t have many tourists that hike and explore our incredible mountains.

I live in the northeast of Italy, in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Yeah, my region has three names because after wars and wars it was decided to join together 3 different areas.

I live very close to the border with Slovenia and Austria and to the south it is lapped by the Adriatic Sea. In the upper part you can find wonderful mountains where you can ski or hike and climb. In the middle there are amazing hills and open spaces to ride by bike and in the south there’s the sea side with beaches and ports.

 

Nothing missed at all in my land but why is it so unknown?

The main point is that Italy has too much in the way of beautiful places to go and the tourists that come here want to see the most famous things like Rome, Venice, Milan, the Tuscany etc etc. so it is hard to compete with these beauties. Secondly our people are a bit stuffy and don’t like having a lot of new people around. After a hundred years of foreign domination we do not openly welcome new tourism that much. Thirdly, our land has never had problems of job shortages or similar so we never needed the tourism market.

But now with the help of social media and the Internet, I want to show you the magical place where I’m from. NOW I bring you with me in the “hike of the cheese” that is the walk that the cows usually do in the mountains from the Aly (or alpine hut where the cheese is made) and the place where the cows are brought to pasture.

Ready?

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If you do a hike in Italy there are 3 different kinds of hut that you can find. The Bivaccothat is usually a red metal covert shelter just with some bedding where you can sleep. The classic alpine hut is an easy restaurant and where you can rent a bed or room and then there is the malga (the hut where the cheese is made and where the cows stay during summer season).

The nicest hikes always finish with a lunch in a hut.

 

The trek

The trek starts from the bottom malga where the cows stay during the night and most part of the dayand. This is where the restaurant of the malga makes delicious homemade gnocchi with their cheese, cheese and ham plates to share together with other typical mountain dishes.

From there after we enjoy an espresso coffee and start the walk. After a not too difficult uphill part, a flat walk followed and we had the chance to visit a little cave. In just one hour we arrive in a wide lawn where the cows are left free to graze.

After a break we decide to start again and to make the whole ring of the pastures also overcoming the border with Austria.

We walk along the cresta a few meters from the border and we can admire on the right Italy with its pastures in the distance and on the left the meadows and the slopes of Austria, where in winter there is one of the biggest ski resorts in the area.

The walk is beautiful, the sunny day allows us to take beautiful photos and also reach the Bivacco Lomasti, a red dot in the middle of the valley that dominates above all. Very beautiful.

 

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An amazing day spent in the middle of my mountains that are not just beautiful and sweet. My mountains are hard, difficult, challenging. Not for everybody. But surely, they leave you with a sense of success and greater satisfaction.

 

Hope you love my pics of my homeland and I hope one day if you decide to visit Italy, you remember my beautiful area in the northeast of Italy ? The Friuli Venezia Giulia.

 

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Alessia Morello is an Italian girl who loves hiking, nature and climbing.

She lives in the north-east of Italy in the middle of the famous Dolomites mountains where she makes her walks and likes to take pictures and videos.

Often accompanying her is her dog Giorgino that you can see in many adventures in the mountains. She likes to tell people about her homeland and the beauty of these not very touristy areas.

Alessia has travelled the world with her work for many years but two years ago she preferred to settle in her homeland and return to live a simple life.  She lives with her boyfriend and her dog, where they grow their garden, they are close to their family and can spend time doing treks and staying more together.  They love to cook (Italian cliche) and are vegetarians. You can read about their adventures in the mountains (and not) on the website: www.theitaliansmoothie.com

37 thoughts on “Discover the northeast of Italy

  • August 6, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    I know your land very well, don’t worry it is not that much unknown as you believe. It is very well known by that kind of selected people who bring enough money to make the place richer and richer.

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  • August 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    Wow! This post just made me add North Eastern Italy to my hiking/adventuring bucket list! Those mountains are simply gorgeous! As an added bonus, I absolutely adore cows!

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  • July 28, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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    Northeast Italy is always good to visit, no matter during which season!

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  • July 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    OMG! this place looks unreal and I think it’s the best location to visit. Especially for some photographers or travel bloggers, ’cause these landscapes are priceless.

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  • July 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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    The scenes are beautiful here! So breathtaking! I can smell the fresh air…Showed the photos to my daughter and she said that they were good inspirations to paint. 😀

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  • July 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    I definitely don’t think about this place when I think of Italy. I would love to visit this section of Italy as much as the rest. I love getting out into nature and it’s so beautiful here.

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  • July 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
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    This scenery in all of the photos is so beautiful! I feel like this is the part of the county that we never get to see!! Only the fashionable, trendy parts!!! I can pretty much guess that it was super peaceful and serene!

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  • July 23, 2018 at 10:34 am
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    Slovenia and Austria and on the south being lapped by the Adriatic Sea sound like beauty to me. You are blessed that its still raw and rustic and not many people know about it. Let it not get spoiled by tourism. Keep it for the later. I am sure people will find it one day and indulge in its beauty. Till then you must keep sharing more things about your homeland. I must tell you its gorgeous.

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  • July 23, 2018 at 6:26 am
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    That’s so beautiful. Northeast Italy seems adventurous to explore. Hope to explore it with my girlfriends.

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  • July 23, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    Nowadays, the tourism also helps to promote the city and help to destroy it. It is good that your place doesn’t need it – it will ruin its natural beauty.
    I find your place a very gorgeous spot in its unique way.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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      Thank you so much Blair. I think the same about the tourism. Is sometimes good but to much is a mess. Hope my mountains keep to stay perfect just for real outdoor lovers and not for sunday walkers..

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  • July 23, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    I love this beautiful location. I am all about this type of look, it’s just appealing to me. I’ve never been to Italy before, so this would be a place I’d love to experience some day in my future.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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      Hope for you Brandy! Italy is incredible so where you decide to go don’t worry, you will find amazing cities and food!

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  • July 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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    I would love to one day experience living in a place like this! Something so calming about this whole post. Glad this seemed to be a therapeutic adventure for you.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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      Hi Shernette. The only thing that I could tell you is that life in an easy and simple place like this teaches you to live full, in nature, with no a lot of useless stuff. We don’t follow too much the trends but we live for friends and family. Thanks for reading my post.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    Your’e so incredibly lucky to call this home!!! The mountain scenes are absolutely spectacular and while I’m terrible with geography and have honestly never heard of it before, I’m for sure compelled to pay a visit now! Thank you for sharing your beautiful homeland with us and I hope this stays a hidden gem so that tourists won’t be able to come and obstruct its beauties.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm
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      Thanks Jas… for be more clear I live 2 hours far from the famous Venice. In the northeast of Italy. Now it’s easy to find me 😀

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  • July 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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    I just got back from a hiking trip, and I realised that I am not in good condition to walk, since I got tired easily. This region sounds great for my next trip I must admit.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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    Amazing pictures here. The views are so beautiful. I visited Italy for the first time last year, but could only see Milan.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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    Beautiful post, Alessia, in all sense of the word! I know the area a little, as I’ve driven from Venice to Croatia quite a few times. And we always made it a point to stop off for a day and buy lots of formaggio di Montasio!

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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      hahahah yeah the Montasio is soooo good! happy you know a bit my place. Next time stop in San daniele for the HAM! 😀

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  • July 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    I’ve never done camping in Europe before, but my husband says it’s truly an eye-opener. Just imagine being with nature as beautiful as that for the night. It’s exciting but definitely a bit scary for a gal that’s not used to being in that region.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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    My..my.. your photos are dreamy. The place is just breathtaking. I can only wish to travel to places like that.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 3:40 am
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    This place is gorgeous n right in my wheelhouse. Oh the skiing i could!! Haha

    but ……hold on….you hike to restaurants?? I gotta know more.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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      Hi Adam yeah in some places in the mountains there are the huts where you can sleep and eat. Some places produce cheese and you can find there the cows as well other places are just shelters for the people who hike. Good food with incredible views!

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  • July 22, 2018 at 12:25 am
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    This area of Italy is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing, and also for being honest. I’m sure not everybody can make the trek!

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  • July 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Wow, your homeland is so beautiful. I wish that I lived in a beautiful place like that. Sadly, I have to agree with you that because Italy has so many other beautiful places, your region is not so well-known.

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  • July 21, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    That landscape is super gorgeous. You capture the majestic beautiful of Northern Italy very well, much better than “The Sound of Music” (this is what I thought when I read your post and remember that scene when the Von Trapp family cross over the Alps).

    Also, homemade gnocchi and cheese! You grabbed my attention with this! I am ready to go for the beautiful views and homemade food!

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  • July 21, 2018 at 5:23 am
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    Just loved reading the post and enjoyed the pictures. Northeast in Italy reminded us of Northeast India. The treks, the activities, the views.. everything. We tried our first yak milk cheese there. So enchanted we were with the region that we came out with our first travelogue Backpacking North East India: A Curious Journey. Looking at your post, we feel we would love to discover Northeast of Italy soon.

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  • July 21, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    If I go to Italy again, there is no way I am missing this gem of a place! It looks so serene and beautiful!

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  • July 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm
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    I spend nearly half the year in the north of Italy, Veneto, but haven’t yet made it to this part of the country. It’s absolutely stunning, and how lucky you are to be surrounded by all this beautiful nature. We plan to do a road trip through the region on the way to Slovenia one day; would love to try out this hike!

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  • July 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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    Thanks so much for sharing about your little oasis! I didn’t know much about the area near Slovenia and Austria until now. It looks gorgeous!

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  • July 20, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    It’s great to see people exploring off the beaten path. I’m not much of a hiker but I appreciate all that it offers. Looks like a pretty corner of Italy!

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  • July 20, 2018 at 6:14 am
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    The moment I saw North East, I thought NE of India, coz that’s where the Nature’s true beauty of India lies. Good to know Italy too has its NE so special. Petting that cow, OMG, that’s again so muc like India. That’s one more similarity between the 2 countries (yes, there are a lot!).
    I agree. Italy is blessed with so many beautiful places and the touristy ones take the major chunk of population and places like these are not yet discovered by many.

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  • July 20, 2018 at 5:44 am
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    Northeast Italy is so beautiful. You captured the beauty really well and it makes me want to travel to there.

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  • July 20, 2018 at 5:34 am
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    I’ve been to Italy, but all city spots. I have never been able to see it like this. So gorgeous and green!

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