Verona and Udine
On arrival in Verona, a guided tour of the city. Spend the day seeing its Arena, the Archaeological Museum, the City’s gates, the Ponte Pietra, Castel Vecchio with its Scaligero Bridge, Piazza dei signori, its Romanesque and Gothic shurches, the Scaligero Arches, Juliet’s House and the resicdence designed by architect Michael Sanmicheli, a master of the Palladian style whose elegant buildings dominate the city’s architecture. Dinner in a typical inn along the banks of the River Adige and return to hotel.
Breakfast followed by a tour of the Valpolicella district in the hills surroundings the city. Visit one of the area’s accompanied by light lunch. Afternoon free. Aperitif and dinner in a Venetian villa with traditional Verona-style cusine. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, spend a day dedicated to the city’s traditional cuisine. Take a walk around the city in the company of born and bred local and enjoy hearing anecdotes and curios facts about food in Verona. Lunch in a typical restaurant is followed by a tour of gourmet food shops and neighborhood markets. Every summer, for more than one hundred years, except for the period between the two world Wars, the city’s Roman amphitheatre becomes the world’s largest open-air opera venue, so tonight consider taking in a performance in this magnificent Arena.
After breakfast, head for the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, arriving in Udine around lunchtime. It is a small, charming city known for its medieval squares and Ghotic buildings, as well as what is described as “the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland”, Piazza della Libertà. Close by, Udine Castle looms over the city, its appearance more like a 16th century mansion than a castle.
Lunch is one of the many typical eateries providing tasty local fare, and an afternoon visit of one of the city’s many museum, the most noteworthy of all, right in the heart of the city, the Museum of Modern Art, Casa Cavazzini. A private home donated to the city and restored, becoming a modern and functional museum, by Gae Aulenti in 2012. Dinner at leisure and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, departure for Aquileia, which with its vast archaeological area and patriarchal basilica, is a precious treasure chest of art and history. Aquileia became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998; its ruins are one of the best preserved records of ancient Roman grandeur. Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast and departure to Palmanova, a utopian fortress town shaped like a 9 pointed star and a World Heritage Site since 2017. Its Duomo, home to various noteworthy works, looks out over the town’s perfect hexagonal shape. After lunch in a typical local trattoria, departure for Cividale del Friuli, an adorable and charming little town a cultured and refined air. A visit of the Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle and the Longobard Temple – both World Heritage sites since 2011 – is highly recommended. Dine tonight on San Daniele ham, produced for centuries only in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, departure for Sarius and a day dedicated to finding out about its gastronomy. The particular environmental conditions and the difficulty of reaching this valley meant that its traditions remained unchanged for a long time and are still the same today. Sauris’s name is strongly associated with ham that tradition demands be lightly smoked, and the locally produced beer is the perfect accompaniment to both the local ham and “Malga” cheese. Return to Udine overnight in hotel.