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“Beautiful ancient village” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli, Italy
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Cape Coral, Florida
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“Beautiful ancient village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Bring your camera. Don't overlook the bridge over the river and the monastery. Plenty of shopping. Eat lunch or dinner in the plaza.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful town, rich in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Was here in June for the first time with my partner who grew up and has family here.
It is a lovely small medieval town with cobble stone roads, medieval buildings, great food and friendly people.
I was in love with the Natisone River, went swimming in it twice, wish I had more time along the river banks. The crystal clear green-blue water is mesmerising and refreshing, be warned that there is a strong current, so if you are not a strong swimmer don't go too deep, make sure you can still stand up.
Check out the National Archeological Museum, lots of artifacts from Roman and medieval times.
Would love to come back again.

Visited June 2013
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Wooster, Ohio
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“UNESCO World Heritage and a Medieval town in Italy's F. V. G. region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I have visited this medieval town twice,first time was in Aug.,2012, a week before its popular Palio di San Donato day which we did not know about it, so we missed the event. This year while we took our vacation in Lignano beach resort town, we made sure not to miss it. The Palio di San Donato medieval event is always held the last weekend of August. It's a day trip from Lignano. Trenitalia does not run the service to there, but a private local train line Ferrovia Udine-Cividale operates train hourly between Udine and Cividale during the business hours. You buy ticket from the tobacco shop inside the Udine Train Station. This UNESCO world heritage site is a jewel in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, it has a long history of Roman Empire ruling and the connections with the Celtic and Jewish settlements. Unfortunately not too many travelers to Italy have paid visit to it. The most important site to visit is the 8th Century Lombard (Longobard) Temple http://www.tempiettolongobardo.it, located in the Monastero Santa Maria in valle, the reason for the town to be inscribed into UNESCO W.H site. Other landmarks are: the original medieval house; the Celtic Hypogeum (managed by the cafe/bar shop next to it, you mus ask for the key from the bar and 5 euros donation is suggested); the Devil's Bridge, spanned over Natisone River, earned its name from the local folklore,gives very nice views to the distant mountains ; the old Town Hall(now a restaurant) and Duomo. Cividale is small enough to visit by foot. The cobble stone roads winding around within the 5 borghi(medieval villages). The best thing to do is to let yourself get lost from one borgo to another. Each borgo has its own coat of arm, I particularly like the Borgo Brossana coat of arm banner with 3 pigs.

Visited August 2013
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Vaughan, Canada
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“Medieval gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Cividale del Friuli or "Cividat" as it is locally called, is a small, ancient Longobard capital. Its cobblestone roads and small area make it a great place to spend a relaxing day in a historically rich setting. There are a number of quiet (non-touristy) piazzas to enjoy a local prosecco or Tocai Friuliano. Places to see include the museum, which is housed in the former Longobard castle, the ancient cathedral and of course the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge). These attractions are all within a small walking distance.

The culture, cuisine and wine are rich and honest. There is no pretension here. A local trattoria served us their own unlabelled Tocai Friulano, which rivaled if not surpassed any commercial brands. I could stay the entire day just sitting in a trattoria sipping wine and sampling various local culinary delights, such as "la gubana", a regional cake laced with grappa! On Saturday, we walked through the local street market.

From Cividat, you are centred to explore the Collio wine region and other towns such as Gorizia and Cormons. Stock up on local private-label grappas and wines that you cannot find anywhere else. A perfect place to decompress from the rest of the world.

Visited July 2013
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St. Cloud, MN
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“Beautiful ancient town!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This is a beautiful ancient medieval town. It is cool to just walk around and explore. If you are able to be sure to visit the ancient subterrainean roman rooms. It's unclear what they were used for, but some speculate a prison, while others speculate a burial place. It can be a bit hard to find, you have to get the key from a restaurant. Just ask a local and they will help you. Cool town and visit the subterrainean structure!

Visited July 2012
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