A dense network of well-marked paths extends across the Montereale Valcellina area, including the hamlets and the many places of cultural, historical and natural interest. There are 26 routes proposed in the guide “Coi piedi sui luoghi“, a publication realised by the municipal administration, in collaboration with the lively local community, which actively participates in the maintenance of the territory.
The best way to discover Montereale is on foot, slowly, choosing the most suitable itinerary in terms of length, time, difficulty and type of environment. The paths allow you to visit the Castle Hill, in a fascinating journey between nature and archaeology, or you can discover the artefacts annexed to the Malnisio hydroelectric power station, or the magredi and the Pellegrin path in San Leonardo. From the Astronomical Observatory, perfect for stargazing and managed by the Associazione Pordenonese di Astronomia, it is possible to reach Casera Rupeit, an excellent example of restoration: in fact, the original architectural features have been respected. The casere, or malghe, were originally built as shelters where the malgarians processed the milk from the cattle in the mountain pastures. Today they are places to stop and eat.
The area has many naturalistic peculiarities, as it is located at a meeting point between the north, from which alpine species descend, the east, with Illyrian flora, which in some cases stops at Ravedis, the west, from which varieties typical of the western lakes originate, and the south with its Mediterranean flora.
Recently, the Circolo Legambiente Prealpi Carniche, which takes care of the care and maintenance of the paths, has created a detailed map, with the paths and roads of Montereale, very useful for hikers.
The Arzino between pools and waterfalls
The Arzino stream is one of the last Alpine watercourses to retain