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Lago di Sauris e Diga della Maina

Visit Lago di Sauris on your trip to Italy

Lago di Sauris e Diga della Maina (Lake Sauris and dam on the Lumiei Valley), situated within the Carnia mountain area of Friuli, Italy. Construction started in 1941 to 1947. It has a barrier height of 128m and a height above sea level of 980m.

The dam, inaugurated in 1948, was 136 meters high, and at that time, it was the tallest dam in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The dam’s construction formed an artificial basin, and the lake currently holds more than 70 million cubic meters of water. However, due to the lack of local labor employed on the front line, 300 New Zealand prisoners were employed to carry out the works.

According to legend, the village was founded about 1300 by two exhausted German mercenaries who retired to Carnia. This part place was called the old German dialect, a range that respects its ancient traditions and is interested in the nature of the Alps.

This winding path is adrenalin-packed in specific points, yet is a must if you finally wish to reach heaven, extremely thick woods, alpine meadows studded with “malghe” (shepherd’s huts), and the green lake that changes its colors according to the seasons. In fact, during our visit, we met a canyoning traveler who has outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.

The green lake welcomes visitors at the exit of the final rocky tunnel that characterizes the adventurous road that links Ampezzo to Sauris: This is like the door to Heaven.

This panoramic scene is a beautiful artificial lake surrounded by spectacular mountain views that gives you calm and relaxation.. #jgtraverse #letsgotraverse

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