Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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SGDB4
3 contributions
May 2022
Ignore the reviews that say Cividale is not a place for children. If you want the world to cater to your children, go to Disney World. If you want your children to engage with the world -- play in a river, hike outside of town, play futbal in the piazza, learn to appreciate art and history with a 1 hour visit to a museum, be immersed in a new culture - then Cividale is your place.
Written August 27, 2022
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Christos T
Athens, Greece14 contributions
Aug 2022
Very nice and atmospheric old town. Traces of Longobardo culture everywhere. Beautiful bridge, nice small winding alleys and a lovely central square. Very nice for a day stop.
Written September 12, 2022
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Newtonian2
Newton, MA61 contributions
Cividale del Friuli is an object lesson in why you should never judge an Italian city by what you can see from a car. I drove through the town on my way from Slovenia to Udine, and got as far as the edges of the old city. It seemed like the usual Friulian city, old and crowded and -- while potentially interesting -- it didn't seem worth a stop. Fortunately, I was spending some time in Udine and took the train out to Cividale on a Saturday (if more Americans spent more time on Italian trains thre realization of how utterly shameful our rail system is might begin to sink in), walked through the ways and found myself in one of those gorgeous, ancient towns that makes Italy such a delight. Cividale has the added bonus of being set above a spectacular little river, with a pleasant waterfall, and has enough sites -- including a lovely monastery and a museum that focuses on Lombard artifacts as well as ancient Roman ones. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: it's a delightful place to spend an afternoon sightseeing, sipping Prosecco in the cafes, and generally taking in the atmosphere.
Written June 27, 2010
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barbaraanne56
Moss Vale, Australia348 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
 From Udine Train Station, buy your train ticket from the little shop selling newspapers and lottery tickets at the train station, not from Trenitalia. I am not sure why this is the case, it just is!
The train journey from Udine took just 20 minutes through farmland and a few small towns.
 After making a fumbling start without a map, and getting a little lost, we asked a pleasant lady for directions to Cividale’s landmark bridge and she ever so graciously helped in pretty handy English.  
 
So, back on track, we located, the old city walls, a couple of statues and a town square (with the Duomo of St.Mara Assunta at one end) on our way to the spectacular Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo).
  The river was pristine – you could see the bottom and lots of large fish which looked like 3lb trout.  Photographs from, and around, the Ponte del Diavolo were the stuff of postcards.  The rest of the town, particularly the backstreets, was also very photogenic.

  There seem to be lots of churches, which curiously seem to have smaller steeples as you look along the river.  We stumbled onto a huge old monastery while exploring the back streets then wandered wearily back to Piazza Paolo Diacono where we flopped into a chair at an eatery called L’Elefante for a drink and pleasant mid-day meal before wending our way back to the train station.
 Actually it wasn’t much of a wend at all, because we had inadvertently worked our way quite close to the train station in our map-less wandering where a train was waiting to whisk us back to Undine with a minimum of fuss.

Cividale is a nice town, with a lot to see and appreciate, in an understated way, and it clearly is not on the tourist trail.  We didn’t see another tourist (maybe one, but he was Italian) and there were no postcards or tacky souvenir shops.  It was wonderful.  I guess being at the end of the train line does/ doesn’t help, depending on your perspective.  It has a spectacular bridge and impressive river – there is nothing like water running through a town to give the place some character.
Written December 16, 2011
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Alenka N
Tallinn, Estonia115 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Great cultural spot and a place to relax with lots of super- friendly B&B's, bars and little shops. It is calm and very welcoming. Only very few kms away from Slovenian border and places to visit like Catelmonte, And those on the seaside- Lignano, Grado. Great public transport communication and really-really friendly locals.
Written December 13, 2017
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Professor04
Welland606 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This gem of a town is located at the foothills just before the Slovenian border. There is lots of interesting history, good shops and restaurants. Take the time to go down the river where the locals sunbath and relax (head northeast of the bridge, past the Longobard temple – the stairs take you to a little sandy beach where you can enjoy the water and the views, be careful – some broken glass buried in the sand, probably from late-night drinking parties down there). Don’t try to park in the town centre as there is plenty of parking around the perimeter and the entire town is walkable.
Written January 31, 2018
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matyas2015
Hungary28 contributions
Jun 2018
On a hot day it was great to walk in the cool shade of ancient houses and walls. The medieval bridge over the gorge of small river is unforgettable. By the way, we found a nice spot to swim in the river upwards from the centre with a small pebbly beach. It's a secret spot, I suppose. We found it on google earth :) You can park your car at 75 Via Borgo Brossana. It is walking distance form the city centre. The water is very cold but crystal clear.
Written July 5, 2018
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J R M
Vaughan, Canada391 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
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.
Written July 24, 2013
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havaskalesko
Budapest, Hungary43 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Cividale del Friuli is an amazing ‘borgo medievalo’ close to Udine with nice, little streets and beautiful, city centre, sights and old houses. There are restaurants and bars, where the people are very kind and helpful, and the italian sweets and food are very delicious.
Written December 18, 2017
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masuke
Washington, DC area74 contributions
Aug 2017
I am a medieval historian and the Lombardic temple, the museum and the duomo treasury drew me to Cividale with uncommon excitement; but, for the usual tourist with no such passion, this is still the perfect town to sit a couple of days and get to know real Italy. I aimed for the three days of the palio and it was delightful, but more than that, it revealed a local pride and love of place that underlies the welcoming charm.
Written August 24, 2017
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