to Udine. PONTEBBA. 31. Route. 207
The train gradually descends on the bank of the Fella, which
rises a little to the N., past the rock-strewn mouth of the Seisera
Valley (splendid view, with the jagged Wischberg in the back¬
ground), to (154 M.) Uggowitz (2580 ft.). It then passes the pic¬
turesque Fort Malborget (with a monument at its base, in memory
of the heroic defence of the fort by Capt. Hensel in 1809), and crosses
the FeUa to (156i/2 M.) Malborget (2375 ft.). The large village of
that name ("Schnablegger) lies on the opposite bank.
The train threads its way through a narrow rocky valley, which
offered many difficulties to the construction of the railway. 160 M.
Lusnitz, with a small sulphur-bath. Beyond Leopoldskirchen (on the
left) the line crosses the rapid Vogelbach, and reaches —
166 M. Pontafel (1875 ft.; Rail. Restaurant; in the village,
*Post, unpretending), the Austrian frontier-station, splendidly sit¬
uated (custom-house examination for travellers leaving Italy).
The train crosses the Pontebbana, the frontier between Austria
and Italy, and reaches —
1661/2 M. Pontebba (Ital. custom-house; Rail. Restaurant), a
village of quite Italian character. Interesting carved altar in the old
The construction of the line from Pontebba through the wild,
rocky ravine of the Fella (* Valle del Ferro) to Chiusaforte was at¬
tended with extraordinary difficulties, necessitating an almost un¬
interrupted series of rock-cuttings, tunnels, huge bridges, and im¬
posing viaducts. The train descends rapidly on the right bank of
the Fella, and crosses it at Ponte di Muro by means of an iron bridge,
158 yds. long, 131 ft. high, borne by four huge buttresses. — 171M.
Dogna, at the mouth of the Canale diDogna or valley of the Dogna,
at the head of which, towards the E., rises the grand pyramid of the
"Montasio or Bramkofel (9030 ft.).
174 M. Chiusaforte (1280ft.; "Albergo alia Stazione, with garden
and staircase to the station), below which, on the left, opens the
wild Raccolana Valley. The train crosses the Fella for the last time
at Peraria. 179 M. Resiutta (1035 ft.), at the mouth of the Resia
Valley. 181 M. Moggio. The valley of the Fella expands, and its
rock-strewn floor is intersected with numerous water-courses. —
184 M. Stazione per la Carnia (diligence to Tolmezzo, 1 fr., see
p. 206). A little lower down, in a wide plain, the Fella falls into
187 M. Venzone (765 ft.), an old walled town on the Taglia¬
mento. The train crosses the marshy Rughi Bianchi by an imposing
viaduct of 55 arches, 860 yds. in length, and quits the Tagliamento,
which descends towards the S.W. to the Adriatic. —191 M. Gemona-
Ospedaletto; 194 M. Magnano-Artegna; 197 M. Tarcento; 199 M.
Tricesimo; 203 M. Reana del Rojale.
210 M. Udine ("Italia; Croce di Malta, etc,), see Baedeker's