Source: Archivio Turismo FVG
THE ARCHEOLOGICAL AREA AND THE PATRIARCAL BASILICA OF AQUILEA (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1998)
THE DOLOMITES (UNESCO SITE SINCE 2009)
THE LONGOBARDS IN ITALY. PLACES OF POWER. (568-774 D.C.) (UNESCO SITE SINCE 2011)
VENETIAN DEFENSIVE WORKS BUILT BETWEEN THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES: “STATO DI TERRA – WESTERN STATO DI MARE” (UNESCO SITE SINCE 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 in 2017 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.
1 Visit Aquileia, the most important archeological site of Friuli Venezia Giulia, thanks to its Basilica Patriarcale, with amazing paleochristian mosaics, and a roman archeological area.
2 Palmanova, a fortified star-shaped city , founded by venetians in 1593. In the Reinaissance literature it was considered the “ideal city”, and a perfect example of military architecture. Visit to the Dome and the Civic Historic Museum. In the afternoon, guided tour of Cividale del Friuli’s historic center. Cividale was founded between 56 and 50 a.C., when Iulius Caesar set there the Fotum Iulii. Tempietto Longobardo and the Christian Museum are beautiful spots to visit.
3 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.
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.
HOW TO GET HERE
Trieste Airport Friuli Venezia Giulia
Motorways: A4 Turin-Trieste, A23 Palmanova-Udine-Tarvisio, A28 Portogruaro-Conegliano.
Railway links with Trieste, Tarvisio, Venice, Milan and Rome.
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