Friuli has great treasures to share. Udine with its renaissance buildings and Tiepolo masterpieces. Cividale, the first capital of the Longobards. Collio and the wines. Gorizia and its gardens.
Udine is just one hour away from Trieste by car, but yet very different. It is the capital of Friuli. Friuli dialect is not just a dialect, it is a special language. The people of Friuli is known as hard dedicated workers, something shown by the rapid rebuilding of Gemona after the devastating earthquake in 1976.
During the history, Udine remained under Venezian influence while Trieste was under the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The respective architectures demonstrate this.
The tour departs from the seafront of the Café Tommaseo at 08:30.
Udine: the guided tour in Udine will start from the hilltop Udine Castle. It has views of the city and surrounding mountains and hosts interesting museums. The central Piazza della Libertà has renaissance buildings, including the pink-and-white marble Loggia del Lionello and the Clock Tower. Udine Cathedral has a baroque interior and a museum of religious decorative arts. Tiepolo, the great painter, did several masterpieces there which you will see in the Cathedral and the Palazzo Patriarcale.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Cividale is north-east of Udine. It was the first capital of the Longobards. The city has preserved a strong medieval character and has interesting sights to propose, among those the Devil’s Bridge. The Longobard Temple is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cormons is seen as the wine capital of Friuli. It is in the midst of a beautiful, hilly landscape with vines filling the horizon. The white wines from this Collio area and from the area towards Gorizia are among the very best white wines in all of Italy. Naturally, we will visit one of the vineyards for a tasting experience.
Gorizia, like Berlin, was a city divided by a border for many years. After the Second World War, the border between Yugoslavia, later Slovenia, and Italy, run through the Piazza Transalpina in Gorizia. Only in 2004, when Slovenia entered the Schengen Area, that border disappeared.
Gorizia was a dear place for the Austrian-Hungarian noble families, that built impressive villas and gardens there, still to be seen. Gorizia was, even more than Trieste, and Udine, a cultural border city between the Slavic, German and Latin people and languages.
The return to Trieste is through a curvy countryside road through an area offering beautiful colors both during the autumn and spring.
We drop you off in front of the Piazza Unità in Trieste, around 18:30.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on fixed dates if a sufficient number of participants is not reached. As a custom tour, small numbers of participants is possible.
Departure from the seafront of the Café Tommaseo at 08:30.
Udine is 78 km or 65 minutes away. The guided tour starts from hilltop Udine Castle. The guided walk is approximately 2 km. 3,5 hours with the visits of the Castle and the Palazzo Patriarcale.
Cividale is 17 km or 23 min to the north east. The guided tour is approximately 1,5 km.
Cormons, the ‘wine capital’ of Collio, is 18 km or 19 min to the south. The wine tasting is in the area, the vineyard depends on the day of the tour.
Gorizia is another 14 km or 19 minutes drive. The walk is approximately 1,5 km long.
The way back to Trieste goes through a hilly Carso landscape and takes about 50 min, 47 km long.
The tour ends in front of the Piazza Unità.
Pick up from the hotel for transportation to the seafront of Café Tommasero where the tour starts, and from the Piazza Unità where the tour ends, back to the hotel, may be requested, as additional, paid service.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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