The origin of Torreano was certainly determined by the Romanisation of Friuli; in fact, the name comes from the name of a Roman centurion (“Turius”) who had obtained this “presidium”.
The territory of Torreano is partially flat and also mountainous and offers the chance for visitors to take in the air of a peaceful town yet rich in treasures waiting to be discovered. Cycling and trekking enthusiasts will find numerous routes and paths to explore, and every year in May the Valchiarò Marathon Bike is held for those who love mountain biking.
Nature-lovers should not miss a visit, above the village of Prestento, to the “Foràn di Landri” cave – a cave in which prehistoric artefacts were found – and “Foran des Aganis” – which according to legend was the home of the “agane”, mythical creatures from Friuli.
Mountain lovers can climb Mount Joanaz, one of the few peaks from which it is possible to enjoy vast views, both towards the Julian Alps and the sea.
Very impressive is the Grotta della Madonna di Lourdes, a cave similar to the one in Lourdes, where you can admire the splendid altar in piasentina stone (a material that makes this area famous), made by stonemasons. The cave, surrounded by greenery, can be reached by a simple walk in just a few minutes from the centre.
Finally, a mention must be made of the Masarolis fountain: in the village square, there is a fountain with a statue of a caged lion at the top. According to some versions, it is the Lion of St. Mark and the statue is a sign of protest against the water tax imposed on the community by the Serenissima; according to others, it is a representation of the tyrannical authority that was tamed and defeated by the people, who after many years finally managed to obtain permission to build the fountain