UDINE
Archaeology and pristine nature
ARCHEOLOGICAL AREA AND THE PATRIARCHAL BASILICA OF AQUILEIA (UNESCO- WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1998)LONGOBARDS IN ITALY. PLACES OF THE POWER (568-774 D.C.) (UNESCO- WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 2011)THE FRIULIAN DOLOMITES (UNESCO- WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 2009)VENETIAN DEFENCE WORKS DATING BACK TO A PERIOD BETWEEN THE 15TH AND THE 17TH CENTURIES (UNESCO NOMINATION 2011)

Aquileia is the most important Roman archeological site in Northern Italy. In 1998 it became a UNESCO site thanks to its two thousand-year-old basilica, with its admirable Paleochristian mosaics, and to the remains of the public buildings which used to characterize a great Roman city in the past: the forum, the civil basilica, the roads paved with basoli (volcanic rock plates), the city walls, the port, the necropolis, the public markets, as well as the wide residential areas. Cividale del Friuli welcomes its tourists with a landscape full of history and refined architecture. Since 2011 the most significant signs of Cividale Longobarda, the Longobard temple and the remains of the episcopal compound have been listed under the UNESCO - World Heritage List "Longobards in Italy. Places of the power". The pure nature of the Friulian Dolomites Park, with its extraordinary heritage represented by the biodiversity of flora and fauna, comes together with the fascinating historical records in Forni di Sopra. Since 2009 Friulian Dolomites has been listed under the UNESCO - World Heritage List. Finally, since 2011 Palmanova belongs to the series of Venetian Defense Works dating back to a period between the 15th and the 17th centuries, nominated to be enrolled into the UNESCO - World Heritage List, together with other fortified cities in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. Technically, it is a transnational serial site, representing the whole defense system designed and realized by the Republic of Venice to control its territories and the trade routes from the Adriatic Sea to the Middle East.

SURROUNDINGS

Forni di Sopra: Saquidic Castle and Dan Floriano Church; the late-Roman castrum located in Cuol di Ciastiel, the Lombardic necropolis in Andrazza; winter sports areas. Aquileia and Palmanova: the Medieval hamlet of Clauiano, and the Strassoldo hamlet; Villa Manin in Passariano; Lignano Sabbiadoro, The Laguna di Marano wildlife sanctuary, the Foci dello Stella wilderness area and nature reserve. Udine: Piazza Libertà and its Castle. Cividale del Friuli: the Beata Vergine di Castelmonte Church, important and noble areas where DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) wines are produced; San Daniele del Friuli: the Cathedral of Saint Micheal the Archangel , the Guarneriana library and the production area of the famous San Daniele ham. In addition to this, cultural itineraries and museums dedicated to WWI.

MAIN CONNECTIONS

By plane: Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia Ronchi dei Legionari Airport. Motorways: A4 Turin - Trieste; A23 Palmanova - Udine - Tarvisio; A28 Portogruaro - Conegliano.

CAMERA DI COMMERCIONDI UDINE

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Tel: +39 0432 273230
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PROPOSED
ROUTE

DAY 1

Arrival in Aquileia early in the afternoon and hotel check-in, you will then visit the most important archaeological site of Friuli Venezia Giulia thanks to its Basilica Patriarcale.

DAY 2

On Day 2, you will travel to Palmanova, the nine-point star-shaped fortified city founded by Venetians in 1593. During Renaissance, literature and scholars described it as the “ideal city” and the perfect example of impeccable military architecture. You will visit its Duomo and the History Museum of the City. In the afternoon, you will reach Cividale del Friuli and enjoy the guided tour of the historic centre of the ducal town that was founded by Romans between 56 and 50 BC when Julius Caesar decided that the Forum Iulii would be based there. Do not miss the Tempietto Longobardo (Lombardic temple) and the Museo Cristiano (Christian museum).

DAY 3

You will travel to Forni di Sopra, hotel check-in and after that you will spend your day at the “Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane” (Natural park of Friuli’s Dolomites) which can only be walked through. According to the visitors’ requests, a number of theme walks may be decided which will present and describe the natural park area and will allow people to experience the natural richness of the area and the biodiversity of its fauna and flora that - in Forni di Sopra - intermingles with the fascinating traces of history.

DAY 4

Hotel check-out and journey back to your home town.