With some help from its Naturalistic and Cultural Professionals (as established by CAI – Italian Alpine Club in 1999), the CSS mainly promotes research and studies about the local mountain territory, and tries to spread its knowledge to a wider audience through conferences, courses and themed hikings. And it'll be a busy 2023, with many events already scheduled.
SAF also recently launched a brand new initiative: the digitalization of its magazine “In Alto”, created back in the 1890s, that just debuted its 102th issue. An archive of more than 5,000 articles is now available online to the public with just one click, on the website saf.infoteca.it. Here's SAF complete program of activities planned for 2023.
Friuli Venezia Giulia and its wines
Friulian wines and vines will take centre-stage at a series of classes. For the 10th edition of courses about alpine culture, SAF's Scientific Committee set up “Friuli diVino – Story and Culture of Vine and Wine in Friuli Venezia Giulia”: a journey through a thousand years-long wine tradition that deeply marked the region's identity, shaping its culture and economy. Different topics will be addressed in five meetings: terroir and climate, historical vineyards and modern winemaking techniques, winemaking and wine pairings with food.
The word Triveneto defines three Italian North-Eastern regions: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the Alps stretching along them, all sharing historical and cultural ties. SAF's Scientific Committee decided to devote its 2023 geo-hikings to this area with the program “Viaggio alla scoperta delle montagne del Triveneto”, a journey through Triveneto's mountains. The focus is on the geological point of view: hikings will give subscribers the chance to take a closer glimpse into Friulian mountains' 400 million-years history. The 12 destinations were chosen in order to show people an extensive variety of rock masses spanning different ages and belonging to the three main categories: magmatic, sedimentary, metamorphic rocks. The guides will explain all the evolutionary processes that helped reshape the landscape (and still keep on remodelling it) and underline the naturalistic and cultural aspects.
The first hike is scheduled for Sunday, January 15: “Viaggio geologico sulle colline di Rive d'Arcano”, a geological journey on Rive D'Arcano's hills. It will focus on the Friulian Moraine Amphitheatre in Central Friuli, around whose half-circle perimeter are now to be found the towns of Ragogna, San Daniele del Friuli, Fagagna, Martignacco, Tricesimo, Magnano in Riviera, Tarcento, Buia, Maiano and Osoppo (all in Udine's area).
To subscribe for this hiking, click here and follow the instructions.
Coordinators: Giulia Zanuttigh, Renzo Paganello, Denia Cleri (UD CSS – Comitato Scientifico)
Specialists: Furio Finocchiaro, Maria Teresa Torresin
Duration: 4 hours
2023 full geo-hikings program:
February 19: Oasi di Vallevecchia
March 19: Meduno and Cavasso Nuovo
April 16: Preone and “Stavoli Lunas” Paleontologic Trail
May 21: Mount Raut
June 18: Mounts Avanza and Navastolt
July16: Lake Avostanis / Mount Dimon
August 20: Col Quaterna'
September 16: Bletterbach and Latemar'S Labyrinth
October 15: Pradis
November 19: Borgo Grotta Gigante and Mount Lanaro
December 17: Clastra
About SAF – Società Alpina Friulana
Founded in 1874 in Tolmezzo, near Udine, as a local section of CAI – Italian Alpine Club, SAF it's one of the oldest Alpine associations around the world. From an historical point of view, it's always been playing a big role in Friuli Venezia Giulia as a cultural and scientific institution. As a matter of fact, among its founders were then renowned scholars, researchers and expert mountaineers such as Giovanni Marinelli and his son Olinto, Francesco Musoni, Michele Gortani, Egidio Feruglio, Ardito Desio. Since its origins, it made a point of backing research on mountain environment and spreading information about it: the very first issue of its magazine “In Alto” was published in 1894, and hasn't stopped since then – it's still out nowadays on a regular basis. Thanks to a great number of scientific contributors, SAF has been publishing also a series of guides about Friuli Venezia Giulia's territory. It also helped establish many mountain shelters across the Friulian Alps.
Photo Credits: Eva Troncon