La Subida: a voyage through time
- Words by Alessandra Piubello
- Photos by Sofie Delauw
Yes, that’s right. We are in the Collio Friulano region. A luminous sun-filled landscape, dotted with vines, bell tow- ers and churches, archaeological ruins and forest. The hills here were drawn by a generous Mother Nature, who is well-loved by its inhabitants. From the hilltops, Renaissance panoramas are a feast for the eyes, and it’s easy to become enchanted by the expres- sive force of the sea in the distance. The Collio area, automatically associ- ated with wine, is so much more. It’s a meeting point between culture, his- tory and legend.
Lying at the foot of Mount Quarin, the origins of Cormòns go back to Celtic times. It lies in the heart of the Col- lio Goriziano area, between moun- tains, as the word suggests (although the name is probably derived from the totemic animal of the Gaelic tribes: the weasel, called ‘carmo’). The city, in this landscape of bucolic colours, is characterised by an elegant town cen- tre with graceful palazzi and churches with a marked Hapsburg atmosphere. It’s only three kilometres to the bor- der with Slovenia, one of the few na- tions in the world that has created a national festival day dedicated to cul- ture, celebrating the anniversary of its most important poet, France Prešeren. He penned ‘The Toast’ (Zdravljica), the national Slovenian anthem that proposes a toast to all the peoples of the world, that they might freely over- come their disagreements and recog- nise friends in others.