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Barcis is located within the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park. Not to be missed is the visit to the Natural Reserve of the Cellina Gorgestarting from its Visitor Centre, located in Ponte Antoi. The Reserve has the appearance of a large canyon, the largest in the Region and one of the most spectacular in all of Italy, with vertical walls and significant river erosion phenomena. Inside there are several evocative trails (including that of the Dint and that of the Grotta della Vecchia Diga/Old Dam Cave), the Old Valcellina Road, a fascinating route rich in history, and the Tibetan Bridge from which you have a unique and evocative view of the surrounding environment and the canyon itself.
The town is located on the shore of Lake Aprilis, an artificial lake better known as Lake Barcis, where you can practice surfing, sailing, kayaking, diving and motorboating. Relaxing on the shore, fishing, stopping at picnic areas or strolling around the lake are certainly very pleasant activities. In the historic centre, the late 16th-century Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista is worth a visit, as is the Palazzo Centi, with a splendid double loggia and a mix of Valcellina rustic style and Venetian architecture.
At the table, plain and simple but delicious products stand out, such as sliced meats, in particular, petuccia, a sheep sausage typical of the Valley, and brusaula, dried chamois meat, which are often accompanied by polenta, preferably white, game or frico (a dish made of potatoes, onions, and lots of cheese).
In June, for more than 30 years, Barcis has been hosting the Italian Powerboat Championship, a highly anticipated and spectacular event. On June 23, there is the Night of San Giovanni with music, exhibitions and the revival of ancient traditions, while in August, it is time for the International Folklore Festival.