A plunge into the wilderness
Places and history
Welcome to Vito d’Asio, a land of forests and crystal-clear waters, a perfect place for outdoor activities, from leisurely walks, to bike rides, to sports such as canyoning and canoeing. The Arzino, one of the last still-natural torrents in the Alps, crosses and joins the wide municipal territory of about 54 km², from 150 to 1468 metres above sea level. The village consists of several hamlets: Casiacco, Anduins, Vito d’Asio, Pielungo and San Francesco and counts about 700 people. Going up the Preone valley, with its spectacular waterfalls, from Vito d’Asio you reach Carnia.
The first document attesting to the presence of settlements in Val d’Arzino refers to Pieve d’Asio and is dated to the 12th century, when Vito d’Asio, Anduins and Clauzetto were united in a single religious community.
But there must have been settlements in the valley much earlier. The economy was linked to sheep farming and forestry. In the 17th century Vito d’Asio became a free municipality, with a statute in five chapters.
The unfortunate Jacopo Ortis, a student who committed suicide in Padua and who inspired Ugo Foscolo’s famous novel, came from this valley.
From the end of the 19th century, thanks to the beneficial sulphur springs, tourism began to develop in Anduins, so much so that the village was called the Nice of Friuli. In Pielungo, meanwhile, Count Giacomo Ceconi built his fairytale castle and contributed to the construction of the spectacular “Regina Margherita” road, removing the valley from its historical isolation.
In 1910, the year of Count Ceconi’s death, Carlo Leopoldo Lualdi was born, an industrialist who ideally continued the Ceconi’s work, founding in 1945 the company L.I.M.A., Lualdi Industrie Meccaniche Anduins, for the construction of surgical and veterinary instruments. After the war, the company expanded into the aerospace and automotive sectors: in 1954 a helicopter made in Anduins took flight in Campoformido. The factory was destroyed in the 1976 earthquake, which seriously affected the Arzino Valley. Today, LimaCorporate continues its orthopaedic activities in San Daniele del Friuli.
It is the natural environment of the valley that fascinates visitors now. There are also quality local agricultural products to be tasted.
On the Facebook page Amici della Val d’Arzino you can find many interesting facts about the area.
Wonders of the land
The Castle of Count Ceconi
Between puddles and waterfalls
The Church of Our Lady of the Snows
The Church of San Michele Arcangelo
Poetry from the world
A plunge into the wilderness
Wild and lush vegetation
The crystal-clear waters of the Arzino torrent are the backbone of this village, made up of several hamlets, each with its own history and some local produce. All around, wild and lush vegetation adds charm to the valley. Don’t miss a stop in Pielungo, at the fairytale Ceconi Castle from the early 20th century.
The Val d'Arzino is a poem of the world, a song gathered in the womb of Friuli, an image of the origins. (...) And every evening, while the stars light up over the Pala and the Corno or when the silent step of the moon descends from the Piombada along the slopes, in the houses a warmth of family and fire enchants and reassures the tenacious, hard-working, ingenious people of the valley. It is the silence, barely touched by the symphony of the torrents, that fills the Arzino Valley with peace and serenity.
How to get there
Vito d’Asio can be reached by car in about an hour from either Pordenone or Udine, but the journey time varies depending on the hamlet you wish to reach, as the municipal territory is very extensive and mountainous.
The nearest train station is Casarsa della Delizia, on the Venezia – Udine – Trieste line. The railway station of Pinzano can be reached from Sacile by a substitute bus (www.trenitalia.com).
By bus, Vito d’Asio can be reached from Spilimbergo with line 25 (www.tplfvg.it).