Thick forest, pastures surrounded by shepherd’s huts (malghe) and alpine lakes. This is Sauris and much more: it’s a mountain village in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, it’s surrounded by the Dolomite summits and its soul shows out with three faces: Sauris di Sotto, the lower district, Sauris di Sopra, the upper district and Lateis. You are in the heart of Carnia, nature lies steadily and lake Sauris and its emerald green and the turquoise red colours welcome the visitors who reach this corner of heaven. In Winter you can do alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating, you can have a ride on a snowmobile, you can attend sled-dog classes or go on a very romantic ride on a sleigh pulled by horses surrounded by amazing snowy landscapes. In Summer you can walk along the paths, you can ride your mountain-bike or go horse-riding in the woods along the lake’s banks, you can go canoeing, play tennis, basket or go horse-riding in the open air in the equipped sports centre, the “Village of sports and well-being” equipped with a wellness centre, the sauna, the pools surrounded by the green between Sauris di Sopra and Sauris di Sotto. Art, culture, food and wine are added values too: actually Sauris is a village rich of history and traditions and it is also a landmark of good food where you can taste wonderful local products.
Sauris to explore
Sauris is a continuous discovery. In the shepherd’s huts in the woods along the lake’s banks, on the pastures above 1.500 metres of altitude, among the original huts of the “blockbau” and the wooden overlapped stuck trunks. If you’re fond of architecture and history you can’t miss a visit to the shrine in the lower part of the village featuring a clock-bell with its typical pinnacle in the shape of an onion and a beautiful front rose-window dedicated to saint Oswald king of Northumberland since it was one of the main devotional centres of the Venetian republic between the sixteenth and the seventeenth century. To go deep into the knowledge of this area, you can see the Saint Oswald museum in the parsonage, you’ll go on an incredible journey among the scrolls dating back to the ‘400 and the ‘500, you will see beautiful silverware, sacred vestments and a nativity scene dating back to the ‘700 made of wax and fabric. You can’t miss the tiny alpine church of San Lorenzo in the upper part of the village, it dates back to the sixteenth century and it is located on a slope, the ethnographic centre “haus van der zahre”, located in a rustic once used as a stable and barn and today used to held exhibitions, for the popular devotion, the Carnival events, the worship of saint Oswald and the local network of paths.
Sauris to taste
In a tiny paradise of tastes like Sauris the gourmand people make their dreams come true. In this area the ham is certainly the protagonist among several high quality products that include different types of salami like the speck, the cheese, the crafted non-pasteurized beers, the vegetables and berries. The ham from Sauris is famous at a National and International level and it has been protected by the IGP designation (guarantee of origin for foods produced in specific areas of Italy) since 2009 and its uniqueness is due to a particular type of smoking process which is carried out by using the beech wood from the local forests. It’s an old method which is to preserve the trouts as well. They are bred in a natural environment and go back up from the plane. After being selected the trouts are smoked according to tradition on the river shores where the pure air and the right degree of humidity produce a genuine and surprising taste. You can’t miss tasting the cheese from the shepherds’ huts: the raw milk that is used enables the cheese to keep all the organoleptic features of milk from the pasture. A special gift for your taste is the Alpine cheese, the old and the very old Riserva that thanks to the ideal microclimate of this area offer the most demanding food lovers an amazing sensory experience featured by evident herbaceous aftertaste. Beer is very good too, whole brewed, not pasteurized and not filtered without any preservative substances, there are five different types of beer.