Sot La Napa


I don’t know where to begin to tell you about Agriturismo Sot La Napa in Italy. It was such a wonderful surprise. Located in the wee village of Pesariis — which I fell in love with — this agriturismo is one of the best places I’ve stayed. Period. While it’s not an agriturismo (farmhouse) as in “stay in the middle of the countryside”, it’s still a delightful and peaceful place to lay your head. Sot La Napa not only has rooms, but an incredible restaurant as well. So let’s get started because I’m betting when you get to the bottom of this post, you’ll be ready to book some time here.
I recently wrote about Pesariis, the little clock town in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. This region of Italy — the far Northeast — doesn’t see many American or Canadian visitors. In fact, this was the first time I had ventured into this piece of the boot. And I’ll go back because it’s incredibly gorgeous, diverse and is filled with an interesting history. Pesariis is specifically in the Province of Udine and in a smaller area called the Val Pesarina — a valley that is 22km long from west to east and crossed by the Pesarina stream. And the Val Pesarina is one of 7 valleys that make up the larger Carnia area. Agriturismo Sot La Napa sits in the heart of this tiny village.
Sot La Napa was actually built around 1600. Yes. The building is that old! But the Solari family — the current owners — restored this house which was a manor house/small palazzo of sorts back in the day. There are 10 rooms available — from single to quadruple — that all have en suite bathrooms. The restaurant is on the ground floor and comprises 4 rooms — 2 on either side of the lobby area. There is also a lovely sitting room on the 2nd floor (1st floor for Europeans). You’ll find a lot of wood and stone in the house — wood floors, wood beams, wooden doors, stone archways, stone steps.
This is such a diamond in the rough — a hidden gem. I don’t like using those cliche terms, but both of them fit Sot La Napa. Here you are in the middle of a wee village in the mountains of the Carnia area of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy, staying in this amazing, historical agriturismo eating über fresh and tasty food. It’s one of those WTF moments where you realize you’ve truly stumbled upon something special. As I said, Pesariis and Sot La Napa are not really “on the way” from one major destination to another. But I think it’s worth making the detour to stay here at least a couple of nights to relish in the peace and tranquility — and the clocks — of Pesariis. And to to stay at the charming Sot La Napa and eat some of the best food in all of Italy. Are you ready to get off the tourist track? You won’t regret it.