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Galleria Ghiacciaia di Resiutta

A little-known place to be rediscovered

About this place

As early as the 1800s, the ice industry was essential and, in the absence of modern artificial chillers, required storage of existing ice. The special brewery market, which arose in Resiutta due to the special mineralization characteristics of the water of the Resia Creek, required cool and well-ventilated places for the production and storage of beer. It dates back to the second half of the 1800s that this artificial tunnel was created as an ice cellar.

The gallery remains as a testament to this custom and has been open to visitors since 2014, thanks to a grant from the European Union. Inside, its history and brewing history are illustrated by exhibition panels and the screening of a historical documentary about the rock.

Why visit


Simple and pleasant

The Ice Gallery is located in a transit area for those who come to Resiutta for a trip or a walk. The visit is short and easy and also allows you to enjoy the coolness of this place.



The gallery is a very special place and is also made interesting by the modern educational layout. The stop is recommended to learn about the history of these places, people and workers, and the brewing industry in Friuli.


The village of Resiutta

Resiutta is located at the meeting point of the Iron Canal and the Resia Valley. The small town framed by the peaks is ideal for relaxing with long walks or bicycle rides, and then enjoying the signature dish, spit-roasted cockerel.

The history of the gallery and local industry

In 1860, Carinthian brewers who had settled in Resiutta, aware that bottom-fermented beers require production temperatures between 5 and 8 degrees, began using cellars with attached iceboxes. To this end, the Resiutta Tunnel was dug, designed to allow the ice to be stored for a long time and to achieve good ventilation and air circulation; in addition to this, a chimney placed near the entrance allowed moisture to evaporate.
In 1881, Francis Dormisch took over the brewery and gallery and created the famous beer brand, with the motto, “Reserve God from on high the hops and malt.”

Services and information


The Ice Gallery is located at the entrance to the village of Resiutta, a 10-minute walk from the center. It has a small and convenient parking area.
The gallery is also a recommended stop for cyclists on the Alpe Adria Cycle Route, which runs a short distance away.

  • June 21 to October 4: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August: Tuesday through Sunday, 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00

The site is open to the public, but not guarded; you can leave a free offering from €1. Admission is free for residents of the Municipality of Resiutta and children under the age of 10.


The gallery is small and the visit is short; in 10 minutes you get to explore it and read the explanations.

Very interesting is a visit to the Resartico Mining Museum, which is a 10-minute walk from the gallery.

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