The city of the baroque painter Tiepolo with the most beautiful square in Venetian style constructed on the mainland
WHAT SHOULD YOU CERTAINLY VISIT IN UDINE?
PIAZZA LIBERTA 'AND THE CASTLE
The perfect visit of Udine starts on what is called "the most beautiful square built in Venetian style, existing on the mainland" which is Piazza Libertà. The square is located at the foot of the hill where is also located the old town hall called "Loggia di Lionello" which resembles a lot to the Doge's Palace. Up on the hill you can visit the castle which hosts a historical art museum. From the top you have a stunning view over the surroundings and the Alps in the north. The museum has a collection of prints, paintings and coins.
FRESCO'S OF THE BAROQUE PAINTER TIEPOLO
In the 14th-century cathedral you can admire the works of several local artists but the most famous of them is the Venetian baroque painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, who stayed in Udine several times on the request of the Patriarch. His frescoes are visitable in the Patriarchal Palace, the Cathedral and the little church "Oratorio della Purità" located opposite the cathedral. In this last church he and his son Giandomenico worked together during his last visit. It is no wonder that Udine is also called the city of Tiepolo.
HISTORICAL HEART OF UDINE
Now it's time to see the real city center. The heart of Udine is called "Piazza San Giacomo". This old market place is surrounded by various cafes and shops. While sipping your cappuccino or aperitivo you can enjoy watching the beautiful buildings and people.
If you want to see more of Tiepolo's work then you should absolutely visit the Patriarchs Palace, now seat of the Bishop. In the gallery of Tiepolo you see some of his masterpieces. It also hosts a floor completely dedicated to religious wooden art. Please note the opening hours. It is closed from 1 till 3 p.m and on Tuesdays.
CASA CAVAZZINI FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Are you more into modern art then Casa Cavazzini is the place for you. This modern and contemporary art museum is housed inside one of the many historical palazzi of Udine. Inside you will be surprised by the modern architecture of the Italian architect Gae Aulenti (born in the province of Udine) and famous for the reconstruction works of the Orsay Museum in Paris. But that's for another holiday! Casa Cavazzini is closed on Mondays.
The highlights of Udine:
Castle on the hill
Cathedral and church "Oratorio della purità" with works of Tiepolo
Piazza San Giacomo
Palazzo Patriarchale with frescos of Tiepolo hosting also the Christian Museum with religious wooden sculpture
Casa Cavazzini Museum of modern art
The food and beverage event 'Friuli Doc' takes place for four days in a row around the second weekend of the month of September. The center of Udine turns into on big outdoor shopping window where you can buy all the best local products such as: food, wine, crafts and art. All of them produced in this truly unique region.