AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI AQUILEIA E BASILICA PATRIARCALE
(SITO UNESCO DAL 1998)
I LONGOBARDI IN ITALIA. I LUOGHI DEL POTERE (568-774 d.C.)
(SITO UNESCO DAL 2011)
DOLOMITI FRIULANE (SITO UNESCO DAL 2009)
OPERE DI DIFESA VENEZIANE IL XV ed IL XVII SECOLO (SITO UNESCO DAL 2017)

Aquileia is the most important Roman archaeological site in Northern Italy. In 1998 it was recognised as a UNESCO site because of its 2,000-year-old basilica that has amazing paleochristian mosaics, and for the other public buildings that were characteristic of a great Roman city: forum, tribunal, paved roads (of basolate/ volcanic stone),the city walls, necropolis and public markets, as well as vast residential areas.
Cividale del Friuli welcomes its visitors with a panorama rich in history and refined architecture. From 2011, the most significant evidence of the Longobards in Cividale, namely the Longobard Temple and the Episcopal complex were included on the UNESCO website as ”The Longobards in Italy, the Places of Power (568- 744A.D.)”.
The unspoiled nature of the Friuli Dolomites Nature Reserve, with its extraordinary heritage of biodiversity, merges with the fascinating traces of history to be found at Forni di Sopra.
Since 2009 the Friuli Dolomites have been included among UNESCO’s heritage sites.
Palmanova was finally recognised as a World Heritage Site in2017 as a part of the Venetian defensive works built between the 16th and 17th centuries:”Stato di Terra- western Stato di Mare”, along with other fortified cities of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. Technically it is a segment of a serial transnational site that is representative of an entire system of defence, designed and built by the Republic of Venice to control its territories as well as its trade routes that extended from the Adriatic Sea to the Middle East.

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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

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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.
Railway line: Trieste – Tarvisio, Venezia, Milano, Roma.


CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI UDINE

Azienda Speciale Imprese e Territorio I.ter
Tel: +39 0432 273230
Email: promozione@ud.camcom.it
Web: www.ud.camcom.it

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