Barcis is a municipality of the province of Pordenone located in the heart of the Valcellina valley, in the Dolomites of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and rising on the shores of the artificial lake. Its territory is included in the nature reserve Riseva Naturale Forra del Cellina, part of the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane. The reserve is crossed by the Cellina stream, which during the centuries carved in the calcareous rock between Barcis and Montereale, forming one of Italy's most spectacular canyons, with cliff walls plunging into the crystal clear waters.

Part of the charm of Barcis is without a doubt given by the Aprilis lake, that with its emerald water creates a special atmosphere around the place and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
There is a nice trail running around the lake, and not far away you find a swimming pool and a leisure center.

You can discover the area by simply walking along the trails: the Forra del Cellina (along the old panoramic route of the Valcellina valley), the grottos of the old dam (underground trail), and many other.
There are also some interesting mountain bike tours, like the one along the canyon of the Val Cellina, the cycle tack around the lake, or the Valcellina Tour.

Hikers have many different routes to choose from, but one of the best is the one leading from the town center first to the mountain hut Casera Montelonga and then up to the Pala d'Altei.

Barcis has also some cultural attractions, like the 19 century church with a fresco of Salome and the beheading of John the Baptist, and the 18 century Palazzo Centi.

Articles: Barcis

Protected area of Province of Udine and Pordenone

Regional Park Dolomiti Friulane, kmq 500
State Reserve of Prescudin, kmq 15