VISIT OF FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA
Panorama, Culture, Tasting
This tour will show you the heart of this Italian region on the border with Austria and Slovenia: Friuli Venezia Giulia. The tour will start with the visit of San Daniele del Friuli: a town with a rich heritage of art, culture and craft traditions, famous for its prosciutto crudo, or air-cured ham. Walking aronud the city centre, you will have the chance to see the Duomo of San Michele Arcangelo (fourteenth and eighteenth centuries), church of Madonna della Fratta (fifteenth century) and the church of SantAntonio Abate (fifteenth century). Afterwards you visit a "prosciuttificio" where the famous ham is produced, and will taste some! After San Daniele, you will discover Udine: the very heart of Friuli. Your guide will take you downtown to discover this well conserved historic centre. You will see Piazza della Libertà which is, according to one very well-worn definition, the loveliest Venetian piazza on the mainland. Overlooking the square is the Loggia di Lionello, its arches and delicate alternating pink and white decorative stone providing one of the citys most emblematic views. Opposite, the sixteenth-century Loggia di San Giovanni is flanked by the Torre dellOrologio, the clock tower, whose two Moors hammer out the hours. You will pass through Piazza Matteotti, one of Udines most attractive corners which is still the venue for an open-air market, and the Duomo, or cathedral, the baptistery and the Oratorio delle Purità, frescoed by Tiepolo (outside visit). In Udine you will have free time for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Cividale: Cividale is most famous for its Lombard history, and a past which was more exalted that its sleepy present-day atmosphere suggests. Cividale's official history begins on a precise date: 50BC, when the town was founded by Julius Caesar. You will see the historic town hall and cathedral, facing each other on opposite sides of the street, and then descend to Cividale's most dramatic feature. This is a handsome fifteenth-century bridge crossing a shallow gorge, which at one time seemed so remarkable that it was named the Ponte del Diavolo, 'Devil's Bridge'. You will visit the Tempietto Longobardo, a small eighth- or ninth-century Lombard chapel, now contained within the extensive buildings of a former convent, the Monastero di Santa Maria in Valle. At the end of the visit, your bus will take you back onboard.
What you need to know
- Comfortable shoes are strongly recommend.
- Tour not recommended for guests with waling difficulties.