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Casera Casavento

In the footsteps of the dinosaur

About this place

Casera Casavento is an malga known and appreciated for its excellent food and because it stands on a grassy plateau in the midst of cows and goats grazing freely. This is not the end of the story, from this casera we can follow the footsteps of a dinosaur. In fact, not far away, we will find a small waterfall and, semi-hidden among the rocks, the footprint of a theropod dating back some 215 million years. Casera Casavento, as a result, is one of the most distinctive malghe in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Why visit

01.

Lunch in the pasture

If the day permits, you can have lunch on the benches in the area outside the casera. You will be pleasantly surprised by the passing flocks of baby goats beside the tables and cows grazing freely and watering a short distance away. A lunch in the middle of the pasture.

02.

The kitchen

The culinary offerings are typical of the area, the cuisine is home-style, and the portions are large. In addition to gnocchi, frico, and tarts, one cannot fail to order the mixed platter of cold cuts and cheeses. Spectacular ricotta, after tasting it, you can’t help but buy some in the commissary.

03.

The paleontological site

The pride of the Friuli area is the paleontological site not far away. In fact, the malga stands at the entrance to a short path that leads to a clearing where you can see, etched into the rock, the footprints of a bipedal dinosaur dating back to the Triassic period.

Landscape

The malga is located within the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park. The location is enviable because the casera is built on an extensive and quiet grassy plateau surrounded by forests and mountains. The environment is extremely peaceful, dotted with watering holes, and cows, donkeys and goats graze freely around the casera.

Itineraries and routes

Interesting routes branch off from the malga, not only from a landscape point of view, but also from a geological, speleological and historical point of view.

  • Geological: Trail to Triassic Park, following  directions to “Dinosaur Footprints.”
  • Spelelogical: Landre Scur or Forest Cave. An important cave with an opening of 20 meters by 15 meters. The cave can be visited by tourists for a few meters, then only by accredited cavers. CAI 962 loop trail (5.1 km; 2 h 45 min approx.) or descent via the Pian de Crode variant.
  • Historical: Alpine Road, marker 966. Mule track carved into the rock by the Alpine troops during the early 1900s that leads up to Forcella Clautana (elevation 1432 m).

Services

Store

The malga includes a farmhouse with local produce and home cooking and a commissary where fresh daily cheeses and cottage cheese, which is smoked over the fireplace, can be purchased.

Lunch and reservations

Reservations are recommended for lunch as seating is limited and the malga is popular with visitors. Lunch times are divided into 2 shifts:

  • 1st shift: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm;
  • Round 2: 1:30 pm onwards.

There is no bar service on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3:30 pm.

Opening period

The malga is open only in the summer period, roughly from June to September. For more information contact the malga directly.

RECOMMENDED EXCURSIONS

The triassic park

About 5 minutes from the casera, at the end of a well-marked path, we will find a small waterfall and, at its foot, a boulder detached from the wall above. Imprinted and well-preserved on the boulder are the footprints of a theropod, a carnivorous dinosaur that lived 215 million years ago in the Upper Triassic. A whole footprint as long as 35 centimeters is imprinted in the center of the boulder, the other is on the edge and is partially preserved. This is one of the most important geological evidence that can be found in the Friuli territory.

Getting there

The casera can be reached from Claut via the carriage road up the Cellina Valley. The road is accessible from Lesis upon payment of a ticket, in effect for the entire summer period, of 1€ per hour or 5€ for the entire day. There are several lay-bys after the ticket stand, until you get within a few meters of the malga.

The malga can also be reached on foot from Lesis with a walk of about 5 kilometers (CAI marker 966). The travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The route winds uphill on paved road in the middle of the forest through several hairpin bends and finally on dirt forest track.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Casera Casavento is a very pleasant family outing. The casera is located on a meadow where cows and goats graze. The paleontological site is just 5 minutes away. For children who are a bit older and used to walking, the walk through the forest leading to the Landre Scur is also beautiful.

Yes, it is true, but it is worth it. A fee of 1 euro per hour or 5 euro for the whole day is charged for transit on the road and then to get to the parking lot. The ticket is made at the ticket machine at the road entrance in Lesis.

Footprints are formed when an animal passes over soft surfaces, in this case carbonate sludge. The footprint is subsequently filled in by sediments of other types that, over the years, become rock. Finally, erosion phenomena or landslides remove these sediments, revealing the footprint.

Contact Casera Casavento

Through this section you can contact Casera Casavento directly. Use it to inquire about services, rates, meal & overnight reservations, weather and trail status information, and trails. Remember that with this form you will contact the activity managers directly. Explorer FVG is only an intermediary and does not handle responses and is not responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Managers’ suggestion: given the absence of phone signal, it is recommended to use Whatsapp or send a text message to contact the lodge, reservation or inquire.

Contact information:
Farm Parutto Agritourism Malga Casavento
Clautana Street, 48
33080 Claut (PN)

Manager: Rino Parutto

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