Udine & Friuli castles
The city of Udine lies in the center of region Friuli Venezia Giulia on the way which connects the south - part of Europe with the north- east one.The first document which talks about Udine dates back to the year 933, when the emperor Ottone the 2nd of Germany, gave as a present the castle of Udine, to the Aquileia’s patriarch, Rodoaldo.To visit: the famous Castle of Udine built at the end of 16th century, with its civic museums and art-and history-galleries, the Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace and the many squares, such as Piazza San Giacomo and Piazza Libertà, which is considered the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland. The origins of San Daniele’ s city dates back to the 12th centuries, at that time it was the most important market of Friuli. On the main square there are the Cathedral and the Town Hall; today the city is well-known for its tasty raw ham.Rive d’Arcano is a little village situated along a woodes’s route and lodges the Castle of Arcano’s family; inside you can visit the frescoes of the Paduan painter Andrea Urbani. The Fagagna’s castle - Villalta, fortress declared as a national monument, also seat of friulian Parliament, from 1420 the lieutenant of Friuli’s country was a renowned guest. Inside you can visit gorgeous frescoes of Seicento. Villa Manin a Passariano is one of the most architectural works in the Italian history and culture of the 18th century.
Aquileia was founded in 181 before Chr. to encourage the expansion of Roman Power, at an important crossroads, and became a commercial and military centre of highest importance and one of the most famous cities of the empire. It was destroyed by Attila, king of the Huns, in the year 452 after Chr. The Torre di Poppo (11th century) dominates the ancient city, beside the Basilica, a Latin cross of Romanesque-Gothic construction (11th - 14th centuries), the work of Bischop Teodoro, with important frescoes in the crypt. Behind the basilica is the cemetery of the earliest dead of the Great War and of ten unknown soldiers. Roman Neocropolis and Excavation Area with the columns of the forum, marble cornice from a patrician house and other finds of recent years. You can find also two important museums: the Archeological Museum and Paleochristian Museum.
Trieste & Castle Miramare
Triest is the capital of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, it starts to take part in the “ X regio Venetia et Istria” and 56 before Chr. it became a Roman colony, it reached its maximum splendour under the enlightened reign of Maria Therese of Austria. After various historical vicisstudes Triest became part of Italy. To visit: the coast, Piazza Unità and piazza della Borsa, Basilica and the castle S. Giusto with its museum. The castle of Miramare is the most famous place of the coast,built on the will of Archduke Ferdinando Massimiliano Giuseppe of Habsburg who was the brother of Francesco Giuseppe.