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Heavenly Way

Heavenly Way

Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 March 2018

The Celestial Way unites Aquileia, the seat of a glorious patriarch of millennial history, at Mount Lussari, in the heart of the Julian Alps, on whose top a Marian Shrine is built; along about 220 km for about 5,000 d +, you walk around 10 days, especially on roads, country lanes and mountain trails.
The Walk allows the hiker to admire the enchanting landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia in all its transformations, FROM THE SEA TO THE MOUNTAINS.


Arrival at Bike Hotel Felcaro in Cormons (GO)
welcome aperitif and operational briefing.
Lunch / tasting at the Cormons Winery starts with a suggestive cross-country excursion to Collio / Preval and Brda Sloveno for 40 km 550 d +
After a ride on the Preval cycle paths you cross the national border and enter Slovenia.
Short stop at Villa Vipolze, villa of the sixteenth century immersed in the vineyards.
The village of Vipolze is known for its two castles, one of the most recent in the upper part, and the oldest one erected in the 11th century, once the hunting lodge of the Counts of Gorizia.
Arrival in the medieval village of San Martino, located in the geographical hub of the Slovene hills, so picturesque and romantic to be considered one of the most beautiful cultural monuments in Slovenia.
It goes back to Dobrovo, where an ancient castle stood, of which only the foundations remained.
Above them, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, a new Renaissance-style castle was built, up to our times intact.
Time for a visit to the typical Vinoteka and go back to the Hotel through the lovely Plessiva forest, between oaks, rubies and chestnut trees.

Dinner at a typical farm holiday.

first step of the Celeste from Grado to Cormons trail for 55 km 300 d +:
Transfer to Grado Park stop in the seaside resort for a visit to the historic center through the calli and the small squares suggestive.
From Grado, along the Alpe Adria bike path you arrive at Aquileia, Unesco site where you can perceive the echo of Roman era splendor. Short stop for a free visit to the archaeological site and Romanesque basilica.
Packed lunch.
After about twenty kilometers of paths and cycling, you will come to Medea hill where is the national monument of the Ara Pacis, where you can see a hypogeum room containing a wooden and bronze wood bearing the inscription " Odium parit mortem, vitamin progignit amor "(Hate produces death, love generates life).
In the Uranum are gathered the plots of 800 cemeteries of national and foreign war in Italy, to which are added those from other parts of the world and 800 wraps that contain the land of all fronts, internment and extermination camps as well as the amphorae with sea water taken at the points of the Mediterranean, Ionian, Tyrrhenian and Adriatic waters, where ships of different nations were sunk and where thousands of soldiers were killed. Everything is assembled in a closed vocal in the Uranus, symbolizing the pain and destruction that, in every war, unites the victors and winners.
The Ara Pacis Mundi Monument, a symbol of the sacrifice offered to the country, is also the hope for a world of peace, freedom and justice.
A fun one-off descent will take us to Borgnano and then return to Cormons to taste a Typical dinner at the Bike Hotel.

Second Stage of the Celestial Path from Cormons to Cividale passing through Castelmonte for 40 km 700 d +
An itinerary of effort and spirit, towards the Sanctuary of Castelmonte.
A good breakfast will help us to climb the Mount Quarin to admire the panorama, we will descend from the path leading to the road in the direction of Vencò and then climb through carriages and paths up to Castelmonte.
The Sanctuary is ancient: the oldest of Friuli and one of the oldest of all Christianity
It must be traced back to about one thousand five hundred years ago to find its origins, which sink into the twilight of early Christianity. After a short stopping for a visit to the Monastery, we will climb an adrenaline descent to reach Cividale del Friuli where we will take a break to visit the city and for free lunch.
Cividale del Friuli founded by Giulio Cesare under the name of Forum Iulii, from which comes the name Friuli, in 568 d.C. Cividale became the seat of the first Longobard Duchy in Italy and later, for several centuries, the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia.
The city conserves significant Longobard testimonies, first of all the Tempietto, one of the most extraordinary and mysterious western high-medieval architectures. Other treasures are kept in the two civic museums: the altar made by Duke Ratchis and the baptistery of Patriarch Callisto are visible in the precious Christian Museum of the Cathedral, while the National Archaeological Museum exhibits the cobwebs of the longobard Cividal necropolis.

This historical and artistic heritage in 2011 was recognized by UNESCO, which placed Cividale at the beginning of the longobard route in Italy on an itinerary that allows you to discover wonderful treasures, albeit not known, beginning with Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Return to the Bike Hotel for greetings

The participation fee of € 250.00 includes:
2 nights in a double room Restaurant Hotel Felcaro (single supplement € 20.00) with breakfast.
Friday: tasting lunch at Enoteca di Cormons, dinner at Capriva del Friuli Agriturismo Orzan including drinks (1/2L water and 1/2L wine).
Saturday: packed lunch, dinner at Hotel Felcaro Restaurant including drinks (1/2L water and 1/2L wine).
Sunday: free lunch in Cividale del Friuli.
2 qualified escorts, one of whom is BLSD qualified
Call transfer + support van
Registration for the CBT + daily insurance
The excursion will be carried out with a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 14 with any weather conditions.
The technical sheet will be sent to you after the mandatory registration, by paying a deposit of €. 100.00 that eventually will be returned in case the excursion will not be made for not reaching the minimum number of participants.

MTB rental:
MTB 15 euros per day
MTB e-bike €. 35 per day

For info Maurizio 3487009990


In order to participate in the event, you must register by March 20, 2018, paying the deposit of 100,00 (single room + 20,00) using the data received by mail upon completing the form below.