Italy // Friuli-Venezia Giulia //

Valle del Natisone

Five kilometres east of Cividale lies the magical Valle del Natisone, an area of wild natural beauty dominated by the region’s highest mountain, Mount Matajur (1643m). This is a landscape of rushing rivers and steep forested hills, dotted with tiny stone villages linked by a network of walking trails – indeed, the best way to explore is on foot. The area is completely cross border in character, neither Italian nor Slovenian but an intriguing mix of both. It’s also a foodie heaven and holds its own food festival Invito a Pranzo –“Come for Lunch” – every autumn (details on w