UDINE E VENEZIA GIULIA
You will arrive to Udine at about lunch time. It’s a small and pretty city, thanks to its medieval squares, gothic buildings and above all, thank to Piazza della Libertà, considered the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland.
Not far away from the square, you will find the Castle, which overlooks the city of Udine and which is much more a Late Renaissance mansion than a medieval fortress.
You will taste the flavoured cuisine of Udine in one of the typical osterie. In the afternoon, you can visit one of the many museum of the city: we advice the museum of Modern Art. Casa Cavazzini, which is in the centre of the city. The building, now belonging to the city, were restored by Gae Aulenti in 2012 becoming a modern and working museum. Free dinner and overnight.
Breakfast and departure for Aquileia to visit its huge archaeological area and the patriarchal Basilica, a precious shrine of art and history. Aquileia is known all over the world and became an Unesco Site in 1998: its archaeological remains, dating back to the Roman period, are considered among the best preserved. Overnight stay.
Breakfast and departure to Palmanova, utopian fortress with a 9-point layout, became Unesco World Heritage Site in 2018. Just in the centre of its hexagonal layout, the Duomo stands and kept many interesting art masterpiece.
In the afternoon, after having lunch in a typical trattoria, you will go to Cividale del Friuli: pretty small village where you can notice an elegant and charming atmosphere.
We advice to visit to the Monastrery of Santa Maria in Valle and the Small Lombard Temple, Unesco World Heritage Sites since 2011.
Dinner tasting the Prosciutto di San Daniele, an important kind of ham produced only in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Transfer to Forni di Sopra, a location framed by the spectacular peaks of the Friulian Dolomites. It is positioned in the middle of a wide and sunny hollow, in oriental part of the Friulian Dolomites’ Natural Park. The tour of the Park offers different thematic itineraries that will introduce the tourists to the discovery of its natural richness. Here the biodiversity of plants and animals merges itself with the fascinating traces left by History in Forni di Sopra.
Other than the historic center, a visit to the district of Cella is suggested. Here you can see the Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta and the fourteenth church of San Floriano, a national monument. The hamlet of Andrazza is characterized by residences in stone and wood accompanied by barns and stables; in the hamlet’s area graves of the VII-VIII century AD were also discovered. Nearby are the ruins of Sacuidic’s Castle (XII-XIII century AD), a manor house built in order to control an ancient transport route, and Cuol di Ciastiel, a castrum that’s still being studied and where evidences going back to the IV-V century AD were found.
We will reach the eastern part of the region, il Collio – which divides between Italy and Slovenia. Here, many important wines are produced and many of them are labelled since 1968 with the DOC recognition.
You will visit the hills of San Floriano and Oslavia, above Gorizia. Then Ruttars, Lonzano and Vencò hills, by the Judrio river, that in the past marked the edge between Italy and Austria.
The area is dominated by imposing vineyards. Gorizia, a city rich in history and art, located on the border with Slovenia, has always been a crossroads of the main European cultures (Latin, Germanic and Slav) is the ideal starting point for visiting these hills that will take us to Cormons, heart of the Collio.
A visit to Trieste is inevitable to close this itinerary in FVG. The city of Bora, the north-east wind, offers a lot: from the unmissable Miramare Castle, to the Vittoria lighthouse, from the Grotta Gigante to the Castle and to the San Giusto Cathedral, and much more.