Mount Lussari/Monte di Lussari and Hike to the Cima del Cacciatore/Steinerner Jäger (2.071m)
Mount Lussari is both the local mountain of Tarvis and the site of a Marian sanctuary, which is why hikers as well as pilgrims gather at the very same mountain top. You can ascend with a cable car, the view to the surrounding summits of the Julian Alps is superb, the seats at the terraces of the restaurants and bars are much sought after and finally this is where several hikes have their point of departure, amongst others the hike to Mount Cima del Cacciatore/Steinerner Jäger.
The ascent to the Cima del Cacciatore takes about 1.5 hours with only 310 m difference in altitude. The hike requires, however, a degree of mountain experience and no fear of heights, because the trail crosses a boulder field and the last meters to the summit, where the rock reaches out almost vertically, must be mastered with the help of a via ferrata.
Th hike begins quite comfortably with a short descent along the hiking trail 617 in direction of Sella Lussari, until you reach a saddle. There, take the hiking trail 613 in a southerly direction. The path leads past mountain pines and Alpine roses to a large boulder field beneath the Cima del Cacciatore, which you have to cross until you arrive at the other end of the hollow.
This is where the ascent starts in steep serpentines, past numerous boulder rocks, until you reach the vertical rock face below the Cima del Cacciatore. A metal cord, fixed into the wall, helps you to climb it. Once you have mastered this challenge, you can almost touch the wrought iron of the cross on the summit. The panoramic view from the Cima del Cacciatore to the Julian Alps (and far beyond) is just stunning. To descend, take the same way back.
Here some additional facts about Mount Lussari and its sanctuary: With a height of 1,790 m, Mount Lussari can't really be considered a top elevation of the Julian Alps. It is, however, a popular destination thanks to its relevance as a cultic site. According to popular tradition, in 1360 a shepherd was looking for lost sheep, when he found them kneeling next to a bush, which enclosed a statue of the Virgin and Child. After this miracle happened for the third time, a Marian chapel was erected at the very site.
Today's church dates back to the 16th century, although in 1807 it was struck by a lightning and burned down and in 1915, during World War First, it was in the line of fire and suffered damage, too. The church with its frescoes by the Slovenian artist Tone Kralj (1900-1975) was completely renovated in 2000. It is also called "Three-Peoples-Church", because over the centuries, people of Slavic language as well as of Romanic and Germanic language look for solace in this house of worship - you may say this is a truly European pilgrimage site.
Telecabina Monte Lussari-Tarvisio
33010 Camporosso (UD), Italy
Phone: 0039 - 0428 - 653915