Born in Udine in 1856, Attilio Pecile was part of a farming family originating from Fagagna, where Pecile would die in 1931. Pecile was a notable explorer, who spent time in distant Africa. He first set foot in Africa in 1883, reaching Congo the following year and visiting the surrounding area. When he returned, he brought with him 80 cases full of samples of mammals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles, many of them previously unknown, as well as sculptures, idols, clothing and his own photographs. All of Pecile’s findings were donated to the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, with the collection now held at the Musée du Quai Branly in the French capital. Places to visit: Fagnana offers the chance to discover the explorer’s early life, including the ancient village and medieval relics such as the ruins of the castle and fortifications. If you’d like to learn about the nature and anthropological origins of the area, like Pecile himself might have done, the Oasi Naturalistica dei Quadris e Ciase Cocél bears testament to the lifestyle in the Friulan countryside in the early 1900s.