Welcome to Sauris
Up towards Friuli's far northwest border, an insanely twisted road takes you past the plunging Lumiei Gorge to emerge at the intensely blue Lago di Sauris. Another 4km west is the village of Sauris di Sotto and another 4km on, eight switchbacks and a few dripping rock tunnels included, is the breathtakingly pretty Sauris di Sopra. These twin hamlets (in German, Zahre) are an island of unique dark timber houses and German-speakers, and are known for their fine hams, sausages and locally brewed beer. There are also lots of good walking trails, much fresh air and exquisite silence, plus in winter you're close to good, uncrowded local ski runs.