The Hill and the remains of the Castle

The Hill and the remains of the Castle

In the same place where there were ancient settlements, from which it is possible to dominate the plain, a castrum was built surrounded by a wall, with a defensive function, considered impregnable. In fact, there is evidence of four failed sieges between the 13th and 15th centuries. A document from 1296 mentions the settlements that were present at the foot of the Hill: Calaresio, which corresponds to today’s Montereale, Grizzo and Malnisio.

The remains of the Castle can be reached by a short walk along a path through the woods: from there the view sweeps over the plain crossed by the Cellina and the surrounding mountains. It is easy to understand why the place responded perfectly to the need to control the territory.

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Stretta di Pinzano
Pinzano al Tagliamento

The Stretta di Pinzano

In addition to the undisputed beauty of the landscape, the Stretta di Pinzano combines features of national scientific interest. This is why it is included among the geosites of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.

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The Church of San Rocco
Montereale Valcellina

The Church of San Rocco

Outside the inhabited centre, on the road leading to the Ravedis narrows, is the Church of San Rocco, surrounded by the cemetery. This space has been dedicated to religious worship for centuries: not far away, in fact, a small votive altar from the 1st century B.C., dedicated to the river deity Temavus, was found.

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Vecchia Strada
Montereale Valcellina

The old Valcellina road

Until 1906, the Valcellina, with the municipalities of Andreis, Barcis, Claut, Cimolais and Erto, which in the 19th century had a total of ten thousand inhabitants, remained isolated due to the absence of roads.

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Roiello Pellegrin
Montereale Valcellina

Pellegrin’s roiello

Running water was brought to San Leonardo Valcellina in 1837 thanks to the intuition of a local farmer, Giovanni Antonio Dell’Angelo, known as Pellegrin. Before that there was the “lagoon”, a stagnant and unhealthy pool, fed by the rains, in the centre of the square.

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