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Hiking break with a view of the sea in Friuli

Friuli - From the Alps to the Adriatic Sea

The most beautiful trails through Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Hiking break with a view of the sea in Friuli

The Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a real ‘insider tip’ for hikers. Impressive natural spectacles, cultural diversity and gastronomic delicacies await you on your way from the Julian Alps to the sea. You will visit the famous place of pilgrimage on Monte Lussari and climb to the top of the Cima del Cacciatore. On Monte Cuarnan’s beautiful panorama path, you will see the white sandbanks of river Tagliamento, one of the last wild rivers and a very special highlight of your tour. Castles and historic old towns await you in the Collio region. The Trieste Karst takes you along coastal paths with sea views to the fantastic port city of Trieste. Finally, there is a circuit in the rocky nature reserve of the Val Rosandra up to the border with Slovenia.

The starting point of your eight-day hiking tour is the mountain village of Tarvis. Your first adventure awaits here with a stunning circular hike to the pilgrimage site on Monte Lussari. On the third day of your hiking tour, you will first visit the picturesque village of Venzone and later continue over the summit of Monte Cumieli to Gemona. Especially noteworthy is the Centro Storico, a medieval town center with beautiful palaces, traditional arcades, and typical frescoes. The following day, you'll continue to Udine, where museums, an art gallery, numerous cafe bars, and, of course, shopping opportunities await you. Look forward to a fantastic stage the next day. It will take you through the wine-growing region of Collio to Gradisca d'Isonzo, and the day after that, you'll arrive in the picturesque port city of Trieste. The journey there is impressive, and the port city will captivate you. To conclude, on the last day, you'll embark on a round hike towards Slovenia, where you'll hike to the ridge of Monte Stena and see all the way from the summit cross to Trieste – simply breathtaking!

  • Magical pilgrimage site Monte Lussari: Right on the first stage of your hiking tour, a special highlight awaits you - a visit to the pilgrimage site with the pilgrimage church on the sacred mountain Monte Lussari. The panorama is also unique - take a moment to savor this special experience.
  • Italian delight in Udine: You can enjoy the typical Italian flair in the charming and second-largest city in the region, along with a cappuccino, a delightful glass of local wine, and creamy gelato. Udine not only offers cozy cafe bars and restaurants but is also a true cultural highlight. Plus, shopping enthusiasts will find plenty to explore in the old town.
  • Time for culture in Trieste: The last two days of your hiking tour are spent in the port city of Trieste. Look forward to a beautiful city with numerous noteworthy highlights such as Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, Castello di Miramare, the Cathedral of Trieste, and much more.

Our hiking tour in Friuli-Venezia Giulia takes you from the mountains to the sea and is categorized as "Walking." The route will guide you on hiking paths, as well as partially on gravel roads and rockier mountain trails. With a solid level of fitness and surefootedness, this tour will become a wonderful experience in Northern Italy.

Itinerary at a glance

Starting from the impressive mountain peaks of the Julian Alps in the border triangle, you will soon meet the wild Tagliamento river with its white sandbanks. The lovely Collio vineyards await you in Gradisca on the Isonzo before you reach the well-known port city of Trieste on scenic coastal paths.

You will start your week in the charming mountain town, surrounded by the mountain peaks of the Carnic Alps and the Karawanks, in the border triangle of Italy, Austria and Slovenia.

Example hotel: Hotel Nevada

Today you float effortlessly by cable car to the sacred mountain of Monte Lussari, where you can visit the impressive pilgrimage site. The trail leads uphill to the imposing summit of the Cima Cacciatore at over 2,000m, where the panorama of the surrounding Carnic and Julian Alps and the Karawanken is simply astounding. After a stop at the rustic alpine hut, Malga Lussari, you return on the Alpe Adria path back to the cable car and back to Tarvisio.

Example hotel: Hotel Nevada

An exciting journey through the deep valley takes you to Venzone, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Explore the medieval curtain walls and the cathedral. Passing two mountain chapels, you pass the rugged scree area of the Rivoli Bianchi. You will walk along the cliffs of the Julian Alps up to the summit of Monte Cumieli with a magnificent view. Gradually, via the fortress of Ercole and the small lake of Minisine, your path leads down to Gemona.

Example hotel: Hotel Pittini

You will walk along many switchbacks up to the "Strada Panoramica", a panoramic path that contours across the flanks of the mountain. Fantastic views of the lowlands of the Tagliamento River far below are guaranteed. In Gemona, it is worthwhile to visit the old town, climb to the castle, visit the cathedral, and to stop at an original Italian café bar before you take the train to Udine.

Example hotel: Hotel Suite Inn

After a short train ride to Cormons, your path takes you along a historic path to Monte Quarin, from whose summit you can start to see the Collio wine-growing region appearing. You walk through the vines to the Red Lakes Nature Reserve and through sleepy towns to the farming village of Farra. The trail continues leisurely on tracks to Gradisca, on the turquoise blue Isonzo River.

Example hotel: Hotel Franz

Take the train to the coast, where an enchanting coastal path awaits you with fantastic steep views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Along the cliffs, you will head towards Trieste. Watch the giant ships in the harbour, passing Prosecco and the Miramare Castle on the way. A panoramic path blasted into the rock leads you to Opicina, from where you can take the historic tram down to Trieste. What a glorious day!

Example hotel: Hotel Victoria

You explore the rocky karst region on the border with Slovenia. The trail follows a section of the former railway line to the village of Draga, and from there you climb the ridge of Monte Stena. From the summit cross, you can see Trieste! Walk along the edge of the rock to the imposing vantage point and then to the Rifugio Premuda, the lowest Alpine Club hut. After a short pause, take the bus to Trieste and end your day of hiking in the fantastic port city.

Example hotel: Hotel Victoria

Departure or extension

Route Information


The routes lead along hiking trails and partly rocky mountain paths as well as along gravel roads. There is usually the possibility to shorten the stages; alternatively, you can use public transport and visit the cultural treasures of Friuli. Sure-footedness for rocky sections and good basic fitness is required for some steep ascents.

Prices & Dates

Category: mostly 3*** and partly 4**** hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 ascent and descent of the Monte Lussari cable car
  • Train rides as per program
  • 1 transfer Trieste - Val Rosandra
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Tarvis, cost per person EUR 105, per dog EUR 29 (only Saturday/morning). Reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train journey to Tarvis and by bus or taxi to your hotel.
  • Klagenfurt or Trieste airport.
  • Parking: limited number of free hotel parking spaces, no reservation possible.
  • Return journey from Trieste to Tarvis by train, duration approx. 2.5 hours.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus ride Farra - Gradisca, approx. EUR 3,50 per person
  • Tram/City bus Triest, approx. EUR 2 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of EUR 20 per room.

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