Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane is a park which embraces an important part of the mountainous world between the Tagliamento and Piave Rivers. In World War I (May 1915‒October 1917) the area was not affected by battles, although the “Zona Carnia” command employed workers and technical units for the construction of roads and transport infrastructure, which at Forcella Clautana and on the Longarone‒Claut‒Meduna route had been made by soldiers already before the war (1910‒1913). In November 1917, fierce combats took place between Meduna, Forcella Clautana, Passo Sant’Osvaldo and Longarone, in which First Lieutenant Erwin Rommel excelled.
The regional park Parco Naturale Regionale delle Dolomiti Friulane was established by the provincial law of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia No. 42 of 30 September 1996. The park is located in the mountainous world above the upper Friuli lowland. The protected area includes the Valcellina Valley, the upper Tagliamento Valley, and the areas descending towards the Val Tramontina Valley. With its area of 36,950 hectares, the park is the larger one of the two parks in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Entrance to the park is possible through the following “visitor centres”: Andreis, Cimolais, Claut, Erto e Casso, Forni di Sopra, Forni di Sotto, Poffabro, Tramonti di Sopra, and Barcis. From here you can start walking along the valley or set on more or less demanding hikes.
Routes related to World War I: Forcella Clautana