2 Days Tour
Cividale del Friuli: a Unesco hidden treasure
Visit Cividale del Friuli, an elegant medieval town with a rich and intriguing history. Cividale is most famous for its Longobardi history and a past which was more exciting that its relaxing present-day atmosphere suggests. Cividale’s official history begins on 50BC, when the town was settled by the Celts but founded by Julius Caesar and called Forum Julii.
Now a Unesco World Heritage Site , Cividale del Friuli has plenty of history and art to offer its visitors together with some excellent traditional food and world-renowned wines.
A must see is the yearly Palio di San Donato (during August). It is an historic event held every year since the 14th century.
Guests will meet the guide, transfer to Cividale del Friuli, cross the “Ponte del Diavolo” and be accompanied for a 2 ½ hrs visit of the Duomo church, the Tempietto Longobardo , the Apogeo Celtico and the archaeological museum.
Lunch will be at a historic restaurant in the pedestrianised town center of Cividale where traditional Friulian cuisine at its best will be served.
The afternoon will be venturing off the beaten track in the Colli Orientali del Friuli wine making area. Guests will visit Mernico, a tiny village in the heart of the hills where they’ll be visiting a special winery and will experience the hearty reds and refreshing whites this land has to offer.
The day will end with a very special dinner or guests can opt for a quiet dinner at their accommodation.
Guest can choose between visiting:
- The Beata Vergine of Castelmonte Sanctuary is one of the oldest Christian sanctuaries going back approximately 1500 years. Perched on top of an isolated hilltop 618m above sea level at the Alpi Giulie near Cividale del Friuli, the sanctuary was built as a Roman garrison for viewing and defense during the 5th century invasions. It’s at the beginning of the 20th century that the Sanctuary was given to the Cappuccini Francescani. Guests will be guided through the different buildings of this sanctuary and enjoy the breathtaking views of the lands around Cividale del Friuli and nearby Slovenia.
Lunch at a local trattoria.
- The Matajur mountain is not the tallest in the area nor the hardest to climb but with largely open views over the Julian Alps and on a clear day stretching to the Adriatic Sea, guest efforts will be fully rewarded. Choose between being taken by car up to the Rifugio Pelizzo and hike up from there (300mt elevation) or ascend as in the past by the SW ridge.
Lunch at the Rifugio
Check out and departure.