Let your gaze rest on red roofs and charming Venetian-style squares. We’re in Udine, an elegant and extremely lively city, from Piazza Libertà to Piazza Matteotti, surrounded by porticoes and ancient palaces. The Castle, home to the Civic Museums, dominates the city from its hilltop; in the Cathedral you can admire masterpieces by Giambattista Tiepolo. You’ll experience the ritual of the tajut, a glass of wine in good company to whet the appetite for an excellent dinner of Musèt sausage and Brovade (pickled turnips). Far East, Suns Europe and the Piccolo Festival del Friuli Venezia Giulia are just a few of the numerous festivals organised in the city and the province.
And in the immediate vicinity, there’s Carnia, with its gentle hills and enchanting valleys. You’ll discover the delights of Friuli’s ‘little Sienna”, San Daniele, birthplace of DOP prosciutto. Among castles, vineyards and mills, you’ll experience genuine nature in sports activities or relaxing in a rural guesthouse, in the Ecomuseo delle Acque del Gemonese and among the picturesque mountain villages of the Julian Prealps.
Visit Gemona in the foothills of the Julian Prealps, with its gorgeous medieval town centre
Sample the celebrated prosciutto in San Daniele del Friuli, among gentle rolling hills
Stroll from Piazza Libertà to Udine Castle, symbol of the city and home to several museums
Go skiing in Ravascletto, a major tourist resort with 12 ski lifts
Visit Spilimbergo, the home of mosaics and an Italian treasure
Walk or cycle to the incredible Butines waterfalls, carved out of the rock face
Explore the Caves of Pradis, with their emerald-green walls, and visit the Museo delle Grotte Verdi
Relax in the spa centre at Arta Terme, whose sulphurous waters have been renowned since Roman times
Follow the Cormor Ippovia trail on horseback, on foot or by bicycle, among nature and archaeology
Visit the gorgeous Villa Manin in Codroipo, residence of the last Doge of Venice