Medium length stage, with moderately demanding gradients: the initial descent follows the long ascent to the Bocchetta di Zaiavor, from which we cross the front gate of the magnificent Julian Prealps.
We finish the stage in the beautiful Val Resia, rich in history and curiosities.
The most tired ones can interrupt the stage in Sella Carnizza.
Signage is sometimes poor, and the track on the ground is not always evident. There is the risk of getting lost: good to keep an eye on the GPS.
Risk of ticks.
The only water point is in Sella Carnizza.
We start downhill through a dense beech forest, rapidly losing altitude as we reach Casera Pian di Mea (approx. 600 m drop). Through meadows, we arrive at the nearby Passo Tanamea. Here we begin the important climb (approx. 750m height difference) to the Bocchetta di Zaiavor, which marks the entrance to the Val Resia and the Regional Park of the Julian Prealps.
A constant descent (approx. drop of 600 m ) takes us to Sella Carnizza on the banks of the Rio Uccea, where the most tired ones can decide to stop at the Alpeggio al Botton d'Oro.
Those who still feel like it can continue and face another climb up to Casera Nische, located on the pass (about 400 m height difference).
From there, we begin a long descent to Oseacco (approx. 950 m drop). Shortly after we cross the Resia stream and arrive in the beautiful village of Prato di Resia.
In Resiutta starts the magical Val Resia, which has been able to maintain its cultural autonomy. It appears that the current inhabitants are descendants of a Slavic ethnic group that arrived in the area following the barbarian invasions of the 5th century.
The isolation of this valley has allowed the preservation of a language of its own, unique in the context of Slavic languages, incomprehensible only a few kilometers further downstream. It is joined by a strong component of cultural traditions: the local carnival (Püst), music, and typical dances. Despite their isolation, the inhabitants of Resia were great travelers and merchants.
The scattered municipality of Resia has as its capital the hamlet of Prato, where the Julian Prealps Park is located.
Püst is the Resian name of the carnival, a period of great celebration for the whole town that, unlike all the other carnivals ends on Ash Wednesday.
The celebration finishes with the stake of the puppet (babaz), a symbol of a community that, in the past, based its autonomy on rural life.
The Garlic of Resia, strok in Resian, is the symbol of the uniqueness of Resia. A plant that has developed over the centuries mantaining its peculiarities: very aromatic, with small bulbs and a reddish tunica, particularly suitable for flavoring cured meat.
It is a Slow Food Presidium.
Apleggio al Botton d'Oro, in Sella Carnizza. Tel. +39 380 344 1255
Centro visite Parco Delle Prealpi Giulie, in Prato di Resia. Tel. +39 0433 53534
Starting point NOT reachable by car.
The closest location that can be reached by car is Passo Tanamea.
Departure point NOT reachable by bus.
Passo di Tanamea is the closest location reachable by bus, starting from the city of Udine with a change in Tarcento.
Here the LINK to check the timetables.
Departure point NOT reachable by train.
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