Like an outdoor museum: Sauris

Like an outdoor museum: Sauris

Remote German linguistic enclave in the Carnic Alps

According to legend, the town of Zahre was founded by two 13th century Tyrolean soldiers who settled in a sunny and remote high mountain valley in the Carnic Alps. Sauris is in fact a German linguistic enclave in Friaul, where an archaic dialect is still spoken. It was not until several years ago that the serpentine mountain road was put in, allowing access Sauris by car. Thanks to its remoteness, the town (population 400) is very unique: it is a kind of living outdoor museum. Old farmhouses and barns with architectural features typical of the town house stores for wooden masks as well as restaurants with antique-looking signs. 

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