The story about Casso.

After two days of hiking, we decided we need a day-off. Oto needed to rest and we wanted to explore around. We started our day with coffee and brioche in Erto, continued our way through Vajont Valley and soon found ourselves in an old village Casso under the Monte Borga. The village is beautiful, charming and so peaceful. Walking through narrow streets of stone houses, it felt like time stopped in this place. We learned soon it sort of did, for real.

In the catastrophe in 1963 …

A massive landslide of Monte Toc fell into the lake behind Vajont Dam, causing a 250 m high wave of water overtopping the dam. The flooding from the huge wave destroyed villages and towns of the Piave valley below and caused 2.000 deaths. It’s a sad story, even more so as there are many reasons to think that this landslide was due to human error more than it was to nature …

Situated upon the Vajont Dam, Casso was one of the villages involved in the disaster. Even only partly damaged by the wave, the village was evacuated and its population was transferred. Casso was left behind alone and empty. Years later, in spite of being forbidden to return, some of the inhabitants occupied their houses again and reform the village to Casso that we know today. A beautiful village, but also sad at the same time.




By Urska

Civil engineer with a lot of interests like traveling, food, taking care for my plants, running and hiking! Currently living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Always up for a coffee date, usually stolling around citycenter, most happy when there's time for a walk in the woods after work hours. In love with my two boys - one of them walking on four legs and wiggling with a tawny tail.


  1. Friulian Dolomites don’t often get enough attention. It’s so pretty everywhere you go! But not being popular also means it’s not busy and crowded, which I like. 🙂

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