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6. From Tarvisio to Pontebba

Let's start from Tarvisio continuing to pedal slightly uphill always on the old railway track turned into an asphalt cycle path. Leaving the town we cross another stretch of the millennial Tarvisio Forest and then continue through the well-kept meadows until we reach Camporosso, a characteristic alpine village that rises right on the homonymous saddle, one of the lowest passes in the Alps.

Once past the town and the cable car that goes up to the Sanctuary of Monte Lussari, the cyclists still have to face a short uphill effort to reach the old "Culmine" of the railway on the Sella di Camporosso (817 m). From here begins the long and fun descent along the Val Canale always riding on the paved cycle path built on the grounds of the old Pontebbana railway.

Once at the old Valbruna station, we recommend a short detour to visit this delightful Alpine village from which you can admire the evocative views of the Saisera Valley and the spectacular north face of the Jof Fuart.

The Alpe Adria Radweg cycle route continues its descent passing through woods and meadows and past Ugovizza, with the old station transformed into a refreshment point. Arrived at the first gallery of Malborghetto I recommend a short detour to visit this picturesque alpine village that preserves many historic buildings. Among these, the Venetian Palace, which also houses an important ethnographic museum, is worth a visit.

Back on the path you cycle downhill again entering the two railway tunnels that are in front of Malborghetto to soon reach Bagni di Lusnizza, a place famous in the past for a sulphurous water source with remarkable healing properties. Here the old railway bridge takes us to the opposite bank of the Fella river, offering at the same time a beautiful view over the valley. The Alpe Adria Radweg cycle route continues on the old railway, passing a short tunnel and a slightly barren area as it is subject to river erosion.

At the old Laglesie San Leopoldo railway station the cycle path ends and we must continue on a paved road with little traffic that in a few kilometers takes us to Pontebba, an important town where the Val Canale ends and the Canal del Ferro begins.

Mario Saccomano

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