Today we bring you to the Pinzano Bridge. For four reasons. The first is one of the best views of the Tagliamento river, the symbol of the Region, both for the length of its course, and for the extension of its basin, both entirely within the borders of Friuli.
Overlooking the majestic Tagliamento
The spring is located on the limits of the Cadore and its outlet in the Adriatic between the lagoons of Marano and Caorle. The river, although majestic, has a very dry bed, due to its strong permeability, and has a wild and fascinating beauty thanks to its colors that turn from blue to deep green.
The second reason is that the bridge literally made history as it was built on the narrowest part of the majestic watercourse used for crossing boats, ferries and wooden bridges.
Only at the beginning of the twentieth century was this reinforced concrete bridge, but it was short-lived because it was blown up during the First World War. Rebuilt, it was damaged during the flood of 1966 and subsequently restored.
From here starts a path of memory proposed by the open-air Museum “The places of the Great War in the hilly Friuli” that does not require special physical preparation and allows you to reach strategic places, including Ragogna, where the defenses of the Italian departments were concentrated retreat after Caporetto.
Walking in silence among these woods with the view that sweeps over the bed of the largest river in Friuli gives great emotions and even commotion thinking about the many young lives broken during the first and second world war. At the entrance of the bridge is clearly visible a plaque commemorating the captain Teodoro Moggio and his men of the Bologna Brigade, which was distinguished by the strenuous defense of the bridgehead at San Pietro, resisting even after the Italian Supreme Command ordered the destruction of all the steps on the Tagliamento. On November 1, 1917, the Pinzano Bridge was made to shine while the men of the Bologna Brigade were still on the left bank of the river. Stuck in all directions, the Italian soldiers were captured by the Austro-Germanic troops who gave the prisoners the honor of arms.
Friuli was also deeply involved in the Second World War and the region was subjected to the first Allied air raids. Following September 8, the Third Reich directly controlled Friuli with the creation of the Adriatisches Kustenland joining the provinces of Gorizia, Ljubljana, Udine, Fiume and Pola and established the transfer of thousands of Cossacks here.
To explore the area and learn more about the wars that fought here, you should contact the Museum of the Great War of Ragogna: www.grandeguerra-ragogna.it.
Third reason: the spectacular bridge over the Tagliamento, also called the king of the alpine rivers, is the obligatory tasting for those who want to pass from the province of Udine to that of Pordenone.
Fourth and last reason: it is in the neighborhood of San Daniele. And it is no coincidence that we came here, on the advice of Teresa Coradazzi of the homonymous ham factory belonging to the San Daniele Consortium, immediately after the visit to the same (which we will discuss in a post in #buongusto).
Because this is the area where the winds that blow from the Alps intersect with those coming from the Adriatic and are regulated by the humidity of the Tagliamento waters reaching the optimal temperature to ensure the perfect seasoning of the famous and exquisite ham.
We stop at the center of the bridge and we breathe this good air to all lungs: if it is so good for pork legs destined to become hams can not do well for us too!
Even the village of San Daniele was strongly damaged by the earthquake of 6 May 1976 and largely rebuilt. In the upper part of the village stands the Cathedral dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo, with its sumptuous façade decorated with statues and preceded by a staircase.
Opposite the imposing but unfinished bell tower is a fourteenth-century porticoed house with an exhibition of historical military relics. Also very interesting is the Biblioteca Guarneriana, one of the oldest in Italy, which collects numerous incunabula and precious illuminated manuscripts.
Getting here and not tasting the famous ham would be a crime! So stop right under the walls of the Duomo at the Enoteca Prosciutteria La Corte di Bacco (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 15, +39 349 0734258 – +39 0432 957004). The first thing from which you will be kidnapped will be the kindness of the boys who welcome the four-legged friends with the same warmth reserved for us bipeds that we are delighted with frico, local cheeses and of course abundant dishes of San Daniele ham cut into thin slices.