Hotel La Perla is located in the charming and historic town of Ravascletto whose history dates back to 1281. Ravascletto is one of the most important ski areas in the Friuli region, due to the beauty of the surroundings and the well groomed slopes of Mount Zoncolan. It is located in Valcalda, one of the 7 valleys of Carnia and is part of the club of the most authentic villages of Italy. The country is dominated by the soft silhouettes of the surrounding mountains.
Mount Zoncolan is one of the top winter destinations in the region because of the quality of snow, its ease of access, and its abundant sunshine. From the village of Ravascletto you can take the cableway to the summit at Zoncolan, equipped with lifts and a variety of trails. There are runs that are heaven for those who prefer leisurely skiing as well as demanding runs for expert skiers. Aficionados of cross-country skiing will find magnificent opportunities for Alpine skiing, and snowboarders will enjoy their own special facilities in the Fun Park arena. In summer, Ravascletto is the ideal destination for walks and hikes amid pure and unspoiled nature such as the areas of Taront and Crasulina lakes.
Carnia: the Valcalda
Carnia, and in particular the Valcalda, which includes the Ravascletto Zoncolan area, offers a wide range of striking and near-magical attractions.
You can't help falling in love with these surroundings, with these fabulous views that you will find on wanders through the forests, for all the world as a guest who, reverently, respectfully, stumbles across a hidden life in a newly-discovered world.
Carnia comprises several valleys carved out by the Tagliamento river and its tributaries. The largest is the Val Tagliamento, with the district capital, Tolmezzo. The others, from west to east are Val Lumiei, Val Degano or Canale di Gorto, Valle del But or Canale di San Pietro, and Valle Chiarsò or Canale d'Incaroio. Two others, Val Pesarina or Canale di San Canciano, and Valcalda, run in a transverse direction.
Carnia’s dense forests, its flowers and wild herbs, make it one of Europe’s most important botanical zones. It offers refuge to animals such as chamois, badgers, marmots, roe deer, eagles, eagle owls, wood grouse, pheasant, and partridge. It is also one of the best-preserved areas in all of the Alps, since development has gone hand in hand with a careful respect for nature, without disturbing the environment or abandoning the deep-rooted customs and traditions that constitute the cultural heritage of this mountain people. Tourism here is still on a human scale, with establishments and services at a high level, but with no excesses or crowds. Up here, everything exudes quiet and order, inspired by an architecture that is rural and unstudied but harmonious and everywhere bathed in the fragrances of health-giving wild herbs.
In any season, a vacation in Carnia means nature, sports, fun, calm, fine food and wine, and certainly no lack of art and history, since museums, churches, and ancient settlements abound, constructed of the traditional local wood and stone, and perfectly preserved.
Our charming Alpine lakes will enchant you, as will the countless waterfalls and streams that burst forth from the mountains. Their peaks are superb, particularly Coglians, at 2,781 metres, the highest in the area. The Pre-Alps and the Carnian Alps, which are the natural extension to the east of the Dolomites in the nearby Veneto, offer paths and climbing routes that lead to rifugi, or high-altitude hostels, exhilarating goals for a hike or a climb. In the intense green of these valleys you will find the slopes marked by tiny hamlets everywhere, and throughout the year, the villages still hold their traditional festivals that have endured unchanged over the centuries.
Mount Zoncolan (Çoncolan in Friulian) is a mountain 1,750 meters high Carnia. The summit can be reached from Ovaro and Sutrio through the road that climbs to the top, and Ravascletto via the Ravascletto-Zoncolan that takes skiers to the peak in winter or on foot via the trail called "Gjalinâr" (used mainly in summer). From the summit there is a panorama envompassing almost all of Carnia and you can easily spot the Pesarine mountain peaks, Mt. Peralba (2692 m), Volaia (2,470 m), Coglians (2780 m), Chianevate of Crete (2769 m), Crostis (2,251 m), Dimon (2043), Paularo (2043), Sernio (2190 m), and several communities down in the valley. On the top and along the slopes of the mountain there is the most important ski complex in the Friuli region. with nearly 30 km of pistes. Mount Zoncolan has become known among cycling fans by the nickname "Kaiser"(Emperor), as the road climbs are extremely challenging to conquer by bike. Zoncolan was repeatedly stage of the Giro d’Italia bike race. The first time great cycling came to Mount Zoncolan dates back to July 1997 with the arrival of the stage of the Giro d’Italia Women’s International, also known as the Giro Donne, with climbing dominated by Fabiana Luperini. The men’s Giro d’Italia reached Zoncolan for the first time in 2003: it was approached from Sutrio and the stage was won by Gilberto Simoni. The slope of Ovaro taken on for the first time May 30, 2007, during the Giro d’Italia when Gilberto Simoni won the 17th stage from Lienz Austria, closely followed by his teammate Leonardo Piepoli.
Yet the first pioneers of cycling in Carnia had faced the uphill unsuccessfully mainly because of technical inadequacies of the bicycles. In the Giro d’Italia in 2010 Ivan Basso crossed the finish line alone. In the Giro d’Italia of 2011 Zoncolon was included again as the finish line for the 14th stage and was won by Igor Antón.
During the winter season Zoncolan is the ideal place for ski and winter sports enthusiasts. It offers countless tracks, all facing east, which allows you to ski in the sun but runs in the shade ans snow mainly powder and never frozen, a feature quite unique in the Alps. It now offers 28 kilometers of slopes including dizzying descents that are serviced by 6 tows and 7 highly efficient charlifts.
In winter 2007/2008 the modern Funifor was inaugurated that takes you to the nearly 1,800-foot Mt Zoncolan departing from Ravascletto. Zoncolan also offers the historical trail of the Tamai pistes (Tamai 1, 2 and 3) and Zoncolan pistes (Zoncolan 1, 2, 3 and 4), where national and international competitions are played that underscore the technical and competitive importance. There are also ski schools for those who want to try skiing for the first time as well as facilities with new developments to ensure snowboarding fun. Besides skiing, the complex is equipped with fields for ice skating, an illuminated toboggan run, ski jumps, 2.5 km of tracks, a children's area and ski rental areas.
For information regarding the opening of facilities click here. http://www.promotur.org/?id=14