Fossa de Bena

The Alpine farm is located inside a doline, a karstic depression called "fossa" in the local dialect. Under the new facilities the remains of the old buildings can still be discerned. The natural or man-made water pool is called "lama". The entire district is marked by these small hollows with impermeable bottoms where rain water and melting snow gather.

Details

Site

Polcenigo (Pn)

From Sacile you reach and pass by Caneva, continue toward the Cansiglio plateau, after arriving near the Fossa di Stevenà farm, you turn right. You continue for a long stretch and, past the Fossa di Sarone farm, after around two kilometres, you reach the Fossa de Bena Alpine farm.

Access to the malga: Easy (farm accessible by car)

Owner

Municipality of Polcenigo (Pn)

Altitude (m.a.s.l.)

1045

Cartography

Tabacco n. 012 Alpago – Cansiglio Piancavallo – Valcellina

Catering

You can taste the products of the farm throughout the grazing period.

And then...

Continuing from the Fossa de Bena farm, you go past Costa Cervera and cross the long Cansiglio-Cavallo hogback. On a partially bumpy dirt road you go past the fork toward the Col dei S’Cios farm, then toward the Piancavallo plateau (CAI trail no. 981-982-984-990).

The old town centre of Polcenigo is a member of the club Borghi più belli d'Italia (club of the nicest Italian villages), it includes the remains of the old castle, dated 963 D.C., and the 18th-century building with a baroque façade. The Museo dell'arte culinaria (museum of culinary art) is based here. Next to the Livenza springs is the church of the Santissima, evidence of the cult of water and springs in Friuli, which were thought to have miraculous powers linked to fertility and childbirth. Emperor Theodosius is claimed to have had a vision of the Trinity in this very area and to have had a sacred building erected here, which was to be replaced later by a church founded by convent friars from Venice in the 16th century.

Not far off is the damp area of Palù, which is interesting both archaeologically – since it was the location of a stilt-house village – and environmentally. The Archaeological Park of "Palù di Livenza" is one of the ancient settlements on the Alps that are candidates to become part of the world cultural heritage protected by UNESCO.

The spring of the Gorgazzo river, a tributary to the Livenza river, is a site of enormous natural significance, with intensely blue-coloured water, and very well-known among cave divers.

On the valley floor is the village of Caneva, where the remains of the surrounding walls and of the old town centre with the fortified tower, a relic of the old castle, are still visible. The villas Frova, Carli, Luccheschi and Damiani di Stevenà are typical examples of stately country houses (19th century). The Santuario della Madonna del Persego, the church of San Tommaso Apostolo (with three altarpieces by Francesco da Milano) and the church of S. Lucia (11th century), with Renaissance frescoes are worth a visit. The Museo del ciclismo (cycling museum) dedicated to Toni Pessot and the Museo del minatore (miner's museum) in Fratta are both worth seeing.

In the surroundings, in the Cansiglio wood, the remains of a hunters' camp dated around 11,000 B.C. have been unearthed.

Here you can also taste quality foodstuffs: Caneva's FigoMoro, Alpine farm cheese, extra virgin oil, red wines and Caneva's "verdisio" – a white wine made from an autochthonous vine variety.

Sacile is also worth a stopover to admire Piazza del Popolo, with its colonnaded palaces in the Venetian style: Palazzo Ragazzoni-Flangini-Biglia (15th century), with a cycle of frescoes by Francesco Montemezzano, Palazzo Bellavitis (17th century), with terraced Venetian floors, a pit and a 50-plus-year-old white oleander, and the fortified towers of Prà Castelvecchio and Largo Salvadorini, relics of the old 14th-century ramparts. The religious buildings are also remarkable: the Duomo di San Nicolò (1496), the church of the Madonna della Pietà (17th century), the deconsecrated church of San Gregorio (16th century), the Oratorio di San Giuseppe (1600).

Events

July - Mezzomonte and its surroundings at night, Vintage cars and motorcycle meeting. June-August - Humus Park – Free guided tours, Sagra dei Sest (Baskets Feast).

Points of interest

Historical point of interest

Geologic point of interest

Botanic point of interest

Faunal point of interest

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Photos

Malga Fossa de Bena 1
Malga Fossa de Bena 3
Malga Fossa De Bena 4
Malga Fossa de Bena 2