UDINE PROVINCE | FRIULI VENEZIA REGION
The Udine Province is located in the Emila Romagna Region of Italy. The province is bordered by Pordenone Province, Gorizia Province, Adriatic Sea, and Austria.
what to see in the Udine Province
The city of Udine is documented as be a thousand-year-old city but archaeological evidence now shows it birth started two millennia prior, Udine was once surrounded by thick city walls. The layout of the current historic city centre seen today, began to take shape during the early period of Venetian control in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Also enjoy the specially priced “Friuli Doc” menus laid on by local Osteria, comprising the ancient yet simple cuisine of the Alpi Carniche and the region’s marine areas.
You can enjoy superb and unparalleled views over the entire Friuli region from the Colle del Castello. There is a legend that Attila enjoyed the sight of the burning city of Aquileia from this hill.
Savours and colours are also a major theme in city of San Daniele, a small hilltop town renowned for its gastronomic delights and itself a veritable treasure chest of art, history and culture. The town is especially famous for its remarkable ham, the “Sandaniele”.
Another splendid city just a short distance from the sea is the city of Aquileia, which offers visitors a landscape dotted with relics from a prestigious past. This Roman colony was founded in 181BC by order of the Senate, with the aim of warding off the Celts and establishing a base from which to control operations in the Adriatic, and also the two tribes, the Lyrics and the Istrians. Aquileia quickly became an operations base and an important garrison for the entire North-Eastern Alps. However, with Attila the Hun’s conquest in 452, the strategic importance of the Roman stronghold was weakened while the role of the Aquileian church was promoted.
Another town steeped in history, mystery and culture is Cividale. The town dates back to around 50BC and was founded by Julius Caesar as a location of strategic military importance for controlling the North-Eastern border passes. It later became a municipium and was subsequently included in the so-called “Tenth Region” of Italy. When the Lombards invaded Italy in 568 their king Alboino chose
Another historical location is Gemona, a prehistoric settlement populated first by the Celts and later by the Romans. Gemona castle fell into disrepair at the end of the Venetian period, was destroyed completely in the earthquake of 1976 and is now coming to the end of a period of ongoing restoration.
It would be wrong to touch on defence without mentioning the town of Palmanova. The imposing fortress of Palma, later known as “la nuova”, was constructed in Friuli by the Venetians as a defence system. The construction of the citadel, which is designed in a striking nine-pointed star shape with 18 sides, was only given the go ahead after it was decided not to exploit defences at Udine.
Towards Codroipo in Passariano is the Villa Manin, the largest villa in Northeast Italy. The immensity of this villa lends it the air more of a Central European residence than a villa, in spite of the fact that it possesses all the traditional characteristics of a Venetian-inspired villa
Leaving the motorway at the San Giorgio al Nogaro exit, it is only a short drive to the Marano lagoon, a vast area that encompasses the Foci dello Stella nature reserve. This wide expanse has long been recognised as a wetland of international importance, most notably on account of the migratory birdlife that populates the area. With regard to flora, this takes the form of an immense stretch of reed thicket broken by pools and small bays that turn into “sandbanks”, small, muddy islands topped with salt-water plants.
Another important nature reserve in the region is the Valle Cavanata. This reserve is host to a population of gulls, cormorants, swans and other aquatic birdlife. Lastly, a little further towards the East lies the regional nature reserve of Foce dell’Isonzo.
Lignano Sabbiadoro never fails to attract holidaying tourists. The resort is located on a peninsula that hangs out into the Adriatic Sea. A special feature of Lignano, as its name suggests (sabbia – sand; oro - gold), are the eight kilometres of fine sand which reflect the warm, golden tones of the sun.