The Vanoi Ethnographic path is a hiking trail, composed by four thematic rings which go through the town of Caoria (845m) and the Malga Vesnota de sòra, a thousand metres above: Val ring (Anello della Val), Pradi ring (Anello dei Pradi), Wood ring (Anello del bosco), Mountain ring (Anello della montagna). The ethnographic path gives the chance to discover and cross the places which has been created, animated and transformed by the inhabitants through their lives, their work and everyday activities. The interested territory outreaches 4000 hectares, spread on the southern side of Lagorai chain and for the most part included in the Natural Park Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino.
The four hiking trail rings permits to the visitor to travel through time and space in the Vanoi community, which for centuries has utilized the different altitudes of the territory in order to find the living resources. The Valle ring is an itinerary inside the town of Caoria, at the bottom of the valley, where it is possible to see some well-preserved typologies of rural houses and hay barns, some frescos and capitals (the oldest dating back to 1585) and understand the original settlement structure, divided by colonei. On the Pradi Ring, at middle altitude, the visitor can see the seasonal residences, Masos (one of them is the cluster of Tognola Masi, perfectly kept). Masos are used from May to November both for seasonal grazing and for haymaking. Every Maso is composed by the living place (casera) and by the building used as cattle shed with hay barn and sometimes by small family dairies. The Bosc Ring outreaches in the wooden zone above the meadows and shows the manufactures once used for hollow and processing of timber: risine (structures for timber transportation from the wood to the valley), spianade (a flat way), stue, and the venetian sawmill in Pont de Stel locality (active and available to visit). The Montagna Ring takes to the pastures of Vesnota Malgas (part of them still used to take cattle to the alpine pasture) where the visitor can see the malga cattle shed (stallone), for the night host of the cattle, and the shepherds buildings, where there were allocated also the dairies for the everyday milk manufacturing. One meaningful example of this kind is Malga Vesnota de sora, built in 1921, which is still originally staged. The itinerary Rings, compared to the mere visit of rural buildings, permit to the visitor to appreciate also smaller witnesses, like paved paths, dry stone walls for enclosure, terraced farming for the use of the steepest sides of the mountain, the fences, the water troughs and an intact environment, still showing its naturalness. On the way of the four itineraries there are informative signals and totems, structures created for helping the visitor to 'read' the surrounding landscape. The Vanoi Ethnographic open air museum offers to the tourist or to the researcher a rich visiting experience, possibly shaped on the basis of personal needs, but above all it preserves places, objects and knowledge which risk to disappear from the collective memory. National importance.
The Vanoi Ethnographic path is accessible individually thanks to the in loco signals and to the maps available for visitors. It is also possible to participate to the tours, weekly organised during the summer period or by the schools. The multiplicity of themes and places touched by the itinerary offer not yet developed potentials, both from the point of view of activities for the public ( guiding, labs, didactic activities), and from the point of view of services (overnight stays at some open-air museum structures).