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Within the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park, at the gates of Valcellina, the village of Andreis lies on a green terrace, protected by the Raut, Resettum and Fara mountains.
The small, well-preserved historic centre is rich in characteristic stone houses with daltz, outdoor wooden balconies. Above the town, the Bird Area with aviaries is also a fascinating place for children, as it is home to several species of injured birds and birds of prey and environmental education activities are organised there.
Also worth seeing is the Park's Visitor Centre, with a guesthouse, an ornithological-educational room, an ornithological exhibition and a naturalistic laboratory. In the building that housed the town hall, there is now the Museum of Art and Rural Civilisation, with objects and work tools and reconstructions of traditional crafts and environments. Among the churches, the seventeenth-century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and that of San Daniele, from 1700, are worth a visit.
The naturalistic offer is rich: you can walk and keep in shape following the 8 routes of the Nordic Life Park, skilfully crafted, with different lengths and difficulties, to best discover the area. Also worth walking is the Monte Ciavac nature trail, which gives you the opportunity to admire the Periadriatic Fault (or Barcis-Staro Selo Line), the largest regional overthrust over more than 100 km long: it is a geological phenomenon that originates from the thrust of the African plate against Europe and results in an enormous fracture that appears as a mass of incoherent detritus.
Among the typical products of the village, there are Andreano salted cheese, excellent with potatoes and peta, a salami flavoured with cumin. Among the most important events, there is the Paesi Aperti exhibition of crafts and typical gastronomy in the first half of September and Ad Andreis nevica la fantasia, an exhibition of handmade Christmas trees in the period from mid-December to mid-January.