San Giovanni

San Giovanni – Falasórni

Details

Location San Giovanni
Features San Giovanni, Vette Feltrine
Track Condition Well marked
Vertigo Level 1/5
Ground (Forest) 70%
Ground (Grass) 10%
Ground (Rock) -
Ground (Urban) 20%
Lenght 4.4 km
Duration 1h 30
Elev Gain 215 m
Elev Loss 215 m
Max Elevation 1 318 m
Min Elevation 1 153 m
Car Park 46.148056, 11.843806

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Description

This simple and well-marked hike around the location of San Giovanni draws a loop that offers a splendid view of the nearby meadows of San Giovanni, located on the western side of the lake of Noana, and the impressive Dolomite range of Vette Feltrine.

The itinerary begins near the location of Póit (1,083 m asl), located where the road connecting the village of Mezzano with San Giovanni (called Copèra) flattens, at a crossroads that leads to the N to Rifugio Caltena and to the S to San GiovanniPrati Liendri. Less than a hundred meters downstream from the main crossroads, take a gravel road on the rhs (Strada Forestale Fedai – Ceadèrne), towards the E, from which the beautiful signposted path that leads to the top of Monte Cordognè starts. The path, equipped for tourist use with some interesting posters offering historical and cultural insights, goes up into the forest and reaches the crest of the mountain. Once on the top of Monte Cordognè (1,313 m asl), the route proceeds downhill, always following the path, which leads to the gap by the location of Falsórni, where the crucifix of Falasórni (1,249 m asl) is standing. From the crossroads on the gap, the itinerary proceeds descending along the asphalted road to the W, towards the location of San Giovanni ai Prati Liendri, with the beautiful view of Vette Feltrine on the rhs, towards S. The meadows can be reached after having covered a beautiful last stretch along the contour in the forest, following the path which branches off to the left from the paved road.

Once on the meadows of San Giovanni, with their characteristic church dedicated to San Giovanni Battista, follow the driveway (Signpost No. 728) which crosses all the meadows from W to E and which leads, by the location of Pòit, back to the starting point.

 

Paths

 

  • From a hundred meters downstream from the crossroads in the location of Pòit (MezzanoSan Giovanni road), take the gravel road on the rhs, towards E, then the path on the lhs towards the top of Monte Cordognè,
  • From the top of Monte Cordognè (1,313 m asl), proceed downhill, always following the path, to the location of Falsórni, where the crucifix of the Falasórni stands,
  • From the crucifix of Falasórni (1,249 m asl), proceed downhill along the road to the W, towards the meadows of San Giovanni ai Prati Liendri, along the last stretch in the forest, following the path that branches off to the left from the road,
  • From the meadows of San Giovanni, follow the road of the Signpost No. 728 towards E until you return to Pòit (1,083 m asl). ✓

 

CHURCH OF SAN GIOVANNI

 

  • The little church of “San Giovanni ai Prati Liendri” – St. John – dates back to the early sixteenth century. The church was built by the Scopoli family, notaries from the Fiemme Valley.
  • The church was used in the early days by charcoal burners and peasants, who were used to spend their working seasons at altitude, by the pastures of San Giovanni and Caltena.
  • In the eighteenth century, the church was donated to the Community of Mezzano, which still celebrates (on June 24) the feast of St. John the Baptist and the Evangelist, to whom the church is dedicated.
  • Together with the churches of San Vittore, San Silvestro and Santa Romina, the church of San Giovanni is one of the four edges of an almost perfect cross called “La Crosèra”. The cross, formed by two imaginary straight lines, was in the past a symbol of protection and devotion for the community of Primiero.
  • The church of San Giovanni is normally closed to the public, but it is possible to visit it by asking the sexton of Mezzano for a visit.

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