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Itineraries of artistic, landscape and enogastronomic interest with departure and arrival from some regional cities.
Gorizia - Collio - Cividale
Gorizia - Trieste - Carso
Udine - Aquileia - Grado
Udine - San Daniele - Gemona
Gorizia - Collio - Cividale
This itinerary starts from the central European Gorizia, rich in greenery and buildings such as those of Vienna and Zagreb. Mutilation of its natural background of Slovenian language from the war events, now a peaceful rather than separate border joins it to Nova Gorica. In the Middle Ages, the fiefdom of the Counts of Gorizia was the subject of alternate disputes between Austria and Venice. To plan a visit to the Castle (sex. XII, enlarged by Venice), from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the city and the Isonzo valley and its picturesque Medieval Village where the Provincial Museums are located, which have various exhibition rooms and the Museum of the Great War. In the city do not miss a visit to the Pinacoteca in the eighteenth-century Palzzo Attems. From Gorizia we head towards the Collio, a strip of pleasant, green hills rich in vineyards; a comfortable network of panoramic roads leads to discover welcoming environments where you can taste the dishes of a rich typical cuisine accompanied by the superb range of wines for which the "Collio" (DOC area) is rightly famous, in the joy of a myriad of parties towns, from April to the end of October.
Short stop in Oslavia: a large shrine holds the remains of 60,000 fallen, in front of Padgora and Sabotino, hardly disputed during the Great War. A few kilometers and we are in S. Floriano del Collio, to visit the Formentini Castle; it has belonged to that family since 1530 and, cleverly preserving its original structures, has been transformed into a pleasant typical restaurant. Principlae center of the Collio is Cormons; pretty town with numerous Austrian memories, a beautiful Duomo, the seventeenth-century Chiesa del Soccorso and valuable Gothic churches, such as the one in La Subida. Fifteen kilometers and here is Cividale del Friuli. We are now in the province of Udine and the rolling hills covered with vineyards are called "Colli Orientali del Friuli": another famous area of D.O.C. (in Friuli Venezia Giulia the D.O.C. areas are 8!). Cividale was born Roman (her name, Forum Julii, later became that of the entire Region: "Friuli") and took off in 568, when it became the seat of the 1st Lombard Duchy in Italy and capital of the region; a period of splendor that enriches it with beautiful constructions. Later it came under the dominion of the Franks (also Charlemagne was a guest there), of the Patriarchs of Aquileia, of Venice, of the Habsburgs. Absolutely to visit the imposing Duomo, the Christian and Archaeological Museums, that little jewel that is the Lombard Temple, and finally we suggest a walk on the imposing Devil's Bridge, which has become a little symbol of the city. A few kilometers away, right on the border with Slovenia, are the pristine and evocative Valleys of Natisone (from the river that crosses them and then reaches Cividale) characterized by thick forests and typical villages particularly interesting for excursions; it is worthwhile here to visit the cave of S. Giovanni d'Antro, the sanctuary of Castelmonte and to taste the "Cuban", a delicious dessert typical of these valleys. We return to Gorizia with a brief digression that takes us to Gradisca D'Isonzo, a really pretty town, full of parks and tree-lined avenues, built by Venice as a bulwark against Ottoman raids. The remains of the fortifications (towers, bastions, etc.) are noteworthy; a pleasant stop at the "La Serenissima" Regional Enoteca, to admire (and enjoy) an incredible assortment of the best wines and to visit the annexed Art Gallery.
Gorizia - Trieste - Carso
The itinerary begins in Gorizia and heading towards the sea takes us to Redipuglia, a town known for its solemn Shrine: a grand, very long staircase that covers the entire side of Monte Sei Busi and holds one hundred thousand fallen during the Great War; we pass through Monfalcone, a lively town on the Adriatic and the largest Italian shipbuilding center to reach the mouth of the Timavo river which, after having disappeared underground and traveled there many kilometers, reappears on the surface just before jumping into the sea due to a curious karst phenomenon. A few kilometers and we are in Duino, dominated by the mighty Castle, overlooking the splendid bay. From here it would be advisable to reach nearby Sistiana on foot, following the magnificent path, overlooking the sea that bears the name of the well-known German poet Rilke, who loved these places so much; we could also make interesting discoveries in terms of fauna and flora. The Bay of Sistiana hosts an evocative marina surrounded by a landscape where the Adriatic and the Karst meet. From Sistiana to Trieste we travel about twenty kilometers of very suggestive, highly panoramic road, overlooking the sea, which leads us to Miramare, the romantic, white castle that saw the love of Maximilian of Habsburg and his Carlotta. To visit together with the Castle, the splendid park that surrounds it. We continue along the sea, we pass Barcola (from April to October it becomes an unbroken beach) and we enter Trieste. A few words for this fascinating city, a delightful discovery for those who come for the first time and where they always return very willingly. For centuries civil crossroads and meeting point of different peoples and customs, splendid for its monuments and for the incredible position in the luminous arch of its blue gulf, Trieste is a generous guest who has much to show. A few names are enough: the Cathedral and the Castle of San Giusto, the Roman Theater, Corso Italia and Piazza della Borsa, Via Carducci, Piazza Unità (authentic living room open to the blue of the Adriatic), the luminous banks. Even the lighthouse of Vittoria, in Barcola, is worth a visit: you can enjoy a wonderful view. Finally, to visit the different Museums: the Civic Museum, the Morpurgo Museum, the Sea Museum, the Railway Museum at the Campo Marzio Station, the Revoltella Museum with its important collections of Modern Art, and also the interesting Marine Aquarium.
A few kilometers and we arrive at the border with Slovenia. First there is Muggia, all Venetian, very pretty, with beautiful monuments like the fifteenth-century Cathedral with the facade of cut stones and, in Muggia Vecchia, the ancient church of S. Ermacora. We will return to Monfalcone along the Karst plateau, unique in its kind, from the rugged rocks and vast woods that enclose neatly Slovenian-speaking villages, rich in aspects and folkloristic manifestations (the famous "Karst wedding", for example). Caves and dolines abound in the Karst; to note the fascinating Grotta Gigante, which is certainly worth a visit; rich in splendid stalactites and stalagmites that create a thousand fantastic compositions, it is so vast that its interior could comfortably contain the Basilica of St. Peter. If we wanted to play golf, we would only have to stop in Padriciano. Finally, the last stop will be reserved for the Sanctuary of Monte Grisa, built in the 1950s, by a vote, overlooking the Gulf of Trieste; we will leave with eyes full of a splendid all-blue vision.
Udine - Aquileia - Grado
This itinerary begins in Udine, an elegant city rich in Roman-Gothic and Venetian monuments, lively but with squares and streets where time seems to stand still. We start from Piazza Libertà with the loggia del Lionello, the arcade, the Church of S. Giovanni and the Clock Tower, similar to that of the Moors of Venice. From here we go up to the sixteenth century Castle that dominates the city from above, powerful and elegant; houses the rich collections of the Civic Museum and the Art Gallery, it was reopened to the public after the delicate restoration work for the serious damage suffered by the earthquake of 1976. Of undoubted beauty is the small church of S. Maria del Castello, perhaps from the 7th century. with a 16th century façade and bell tower and an austere frescoed romantic interior from the 13th century. Let's go back downtown to visit the imposing Duomo, begun in the 14th century, and his precious works by Tiepolo, Vitale da Bologna and other famous artists; the bell tower is interesting, built on the octagonal remains of the baptistery of the fourteenth century. Near the Oratory of Purità with rich tiepoleschi frescoes that also embellish the nearby Archbishop's Palace with the Diocesan Museum. A stop finally in the harmonious Piazza S. Giacomo, with its fifteenth-century buildings and the beautiful church of the time. Leaving Udine, in Passariano di Codroipo we will admire Villa Manin, a fascinating, scenic residence of the last Doge, rich in history (also hosted by Napoleon) and beautiful things to see (the park, the armory, the collection of carriages, the Exhibition of 'Regional Handicraft). After a brief stop in Bertiolo, at the Cantina Sociale known for its excellent wines, we reach Palmanova, the splendid fortress-city, a harmonious 9-sided star-shaped polygon that Venice built in 1953 to defend the eastern borders, without doubt one of the best successful (and preserved) examples of military architecture.
Then we reach Aquileia, under Augustus the capital of the X Region "Venetia et Histria", with monuments of great splendor. Later it was the seat of the Patriarchate, and reached its maximum power towards the year 1000 under Patriarch Popone, who also deserved credit for the construction of the splendid Romanesque Basilica, on the remains of pre-existing ancient religious buildings. Admirable its interior, with its marvelous mosaic floor and the many works of art, and the mighty bell tower that dominates the Friulian plain. The walk along the Via Sacra, a cypress-lined avenue running along the remains of the ancient Roman river port, is striking, and a visit to the Archaeological Museum (including beautiful collections of amber and glass) and numerous excavations is a must. Ten kilometers only and we are on the Adriatic, in Grado, the well-known seaside resort. Our visit will cover the historic center, with narrow streets, squares and suggestive views, and the Basilica of S. Eufemia (6th century), rich in Roman columns, with a magnificent mosaic floor and a 1462 S. Michele on the cusp of the beautiful bell tower. Also worth seeing is the Baptistery (5th century) and the nearby S. Maria delle Grazie, of the Ravenna type.
Udine - San Daniele - Gemona
Leaving Udine we touch the pretty Fagagna (where, in Villaverde, you can play golf) and reach S. Daniele del Friuli, a beautiful town that is announced from afar, gathered on its hill. Famous for its ham (it seems to be the air here to give it the unmistakable fragrance), S. Daniele deserves to be visited not only for food and wine reasons. Noteworthy, for example, is the Guarneriana Library (rich in precious incunabula and volumes, in the sixteenth-century former Palazzo Comunale); the imposing Cathedral that overlooks the main square (ca. 1700) with its remarkable works of art, but above all the small church of S. Antonio Abate, from 1450, a very valuable example of late Venetian Gothic, embellished by the works of Martino from Udine, perhaps the most important cycle of Renaissance frescoes in the whole of Friuli. Finally, a glance at the beautiful eighteenth-century building of the Monte di Pietà. From San Daniele we aim at Osoppo, dominated by the hill on which the imposing fortified fortress rises, full of glory for the heroic resistance of the Osovans against the Austrians in 1848, and stronghold of resistance during World War II. You can enjoy a beautiful view: in the foreground the wide bed of the Tagliamento. Now we head north: past the pretty Trasaghis and the panoramic Lago di Cavazzo we reach the capital of Carnia, in Tolmezzo. An important commercial and industrial center, it is a starting point for excursions to the Carnic valleys. Next to Tolmezzo is Zuglio, the ancient Roman "Julium Carnicum"; the beautiful gothic church of S. Pietro, millenarian, deserves a walk, also for the panorama that is enjoyed there. We skirt the Tagliamento and visit Venzone and Gemona, practically razed to the ground by the earthquake of '76 and now completely rebuilt. In both these beautiful towns a splendid Cathedral, due to the Gemonese Master Giovanni, from around 1350 ca. Both that of Venzone, Gothic, completely destroyed by the earthquake and that of Gemona, in Roman-Gothic forms, damaged to a lesser extent, have been meticulously reconstructed. In Venzone the entire central core is remarkable, reconstructed with great fidelity; the mighty walls of the 12th century, which clearly show the damage caused by the earthquake; the fifteenth century Palazzo Comunale, the second reconstruction of 60 years (Great War and earthquake). In Gemona you can see the Renaissance Palazzo Comunale (reconstructed exactly as it was) and what remains of other famous monuments, such as S. Giovanni and S. Maria delle Grazie.
We continue towards the south, and here is Tarcento, a charming town, with an almost always mild climate, a starting point for numerous hikes in the pleasant hill towns that surround it: for example in ATTIMIS (Exhibition of Fossils, in Forame), in the Upper Valley of the Tower , right down to the white peaks of the Musi, or to enjoy excellent cuisine. We reach the panoramic Tricesimo, where the vast Friulian plain begins. Udine is now very close, only about ten kilometers away.
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