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Stage

19

Friday 24
May 2024

157 km
Altitude Gain 2,850 m

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Mortegliano -

Sappada

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Intermediate stage starting with a flat section to Tolmezzo. This is followed by the ascent to Paularo, where the Duron Pass, Sella Valcalda and the final ascent to Sappada will be tackled in succession.

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Mortegliano



Overview

Mortegliano, just south of Udine and three quarters of an hour from the Adriatic beaches, is immersed in a rural landscape with roads lined with rows of trees. Located at the lower end of the high plain, it lies close to the line of resurgences (where groundwater re-emerges to create streams, irrigation ditches and rivers). Prosperous and hospitable, the town offers a broad range of services, arts, crafts and Local Cusine.

Local Cusine

Agriculture is the main activity in this land and is dominated by maize (blave), wheat and barley. This is followed by other arable crops, apples, kiwis, fruit trees and plants, and vegetables. Vines are also present. Farmers make an excellent polenta flour from top-quality maize, appreciated for its aroma, colour, flavour and consistency. From there comes the so-called “Blave di Mortean“, a well-established patented project and brand name. Two dairy-cheese factories collect and process milk from the many local farms on a daily basis to produce Montasio cheese, ricotta, stracchino and mozzarella.

Points of Interest

  • Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul: in modern Gothic style, it takes the form of a vast monumental brick octagon, measuring 812 square metres by 80 metres in height. Inside, among other works, is the splendid and complex altarpiece by Martini, a Friulian Renaissance wooden masterpiece (1523-1526).
  • The tallest bell tower in Italy: Mortegliano is also known for its soaring bell tower. Built between 1955 and 1959 by Udine architect Pietro Zanini, at a respectable 113.20 metres (excluding the cross), it is the tallest in Italy. A symbol of industriousness, faith and hope in a happier future, it picks up on the Gothic ascending tension of the cathedral and has been defined as “a finger pointing to God”.
  • Lavariano and Chiasiellis: these two small rural communities are, together with Mortegliano, prime examples of Friulian industriousness and entrepreneurship. In the former, the square, with its thousand-year-old tower and 18th-century church of San Paolo, is well worth a visit. A former military airport, it is now a space with environmental merits and a flying field for model aircraft. For more than one hundred and twenty years, the town has proudly hosted the “Filarmonica G. Verdi”. Chiasiellis stands out for the cultivation of high quality PDO apples and for a nine-hole golf course included in the regional circuit.

Sappada



Overview

Sappada is an enchanting mountain resort located at 1250 metres above sea level in north-western Friuli Venezia Giulia, on the border with Veneto. It is surrounded by the Dolomites and constitutes a tourist resort rich in history and culture, where many outdoor activities are available and within everyone’s reach.

Local Cusine

Sappada’s gastronomic offerings are a tribute to excellence: gourmet restaurants (including a Michelin-starred one), pizzerias, agritourisms and mountain lodges all offer typical mountain cuisine of the highest quality. Sappada’s globally recognised Local Cusine represents a very important appeal for tourists visiting our town. Many traditional local dishes are proposed and interpreted by the talent of our chefs.

Points of Interest

Borgate Vecchie di Sappada
Sappada’s main street, with its shops selling technical sportswear, souvenirs and household items.
Olbe Lakes
Mount Peralba

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