Part 2: Udine, Cividale and Venzone

27 Sep

After leaving Trieste, we took a train to Udine, which would be our base for the next two days. While we didn’t spend too much time in the city center, one of the most impressive sights is Piazza Libertà, the oldest square in the city and considered one of the most beautiful.

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Created in Venetian style, the piazza includes columns, statues and, if you’ve been to Venice, several recognizable symbols of Venetian power.

Next stop was Cividale, founded as a Roman city by Julius Caesar around 50 BC.

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The small town, although no longer an important regional power, still attracts tourists due to its historical medieval center and lovely location on the Natisone River.

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The Devil’s Bridge, (Ponte del Diabolo), which attaches two parts of the town, is accompanied by legend.

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According to Cividale.com, “The popular fantasy has connected the construction of the bridge to the supernatural…, according to which the devil would have facilitated the construction of the bridge overnight in exchange for the soul of the first person passing through… But the inhabitants of Cividale mocked the devil, sending through the new passage  an animal, (dog or cat), according to the versions.”

The most interesting place we visited, however, was the Lombard Temple of Santa Maria in Valle. After touring the monastery, we arrived at the Oratorio, the most important and celebrated monument of the era. In 2011, the Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle and the Longobard Temple were declared World Heritage Sites [Italia Longobardorum. Places of The Power {568 – 774 AD}].

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What made this especially fascinating was our ability to see the restoration effort occurring in real-time in a nearby church. Piece by piece, the restorers are working to recreate what once existed.

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This man, I was told, is the head of the project.

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Before leaving, we lingered a bit longer to soak in a view only nature can provide.

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Our final stop of the day was Venzone, a town hit by a major earthquake in 1976. Per the pictures below, you can see that almost all of the historic center was destroyed.

What is of great interest is how, over a seven year period, the town was rebuilt. After the quake, stones of collapsed buildings were carefully catalogued and stored, providing the foundation needed to rebuild what once existed.

In 2017, Venzone was chosen as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Borghi Belli judges said one of the reasons was because it was “one of the most extraordinary examples of architectural and artistic post-earthquake recovery”. Bravo Venzone!

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The next day, we would take the train to Verona, the last stop of our northern adventure. It was time, however, to bid arrivederci to Carlo’s wonderful cousins, who not only shared so much of their time with us, but also served as excellent tour guides for the area they call home. Grazie tantissimi!

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Ciao,
Judy

 

10 Responses to “Part 2: Udine, Cividale and Venzone”

  1. jeanfromcalifornia September 27, 2018 at 4:42 AM #

    Not home yet. Still wandering. But your pictures make us want to try Northern Italy next year.
    They are just gorgeous.

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  2. Hilary September 27, 2018 at 5:52 AM #

    Love the photos Judy. Exploring with you I learn a lot!
    Salud! xoxo

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  3. Julia Spina-Kilar September 27, 2018 at 7:23 AM #

    What a fascinating adventure. Wonderful!

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    • blogginginitaly September 27, 2018 at 1:37 PM #

      So glad that we have finally visited that part of Italia. It was a great adventure.

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  4. Royce Larsen September 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM #

    Your information was so complete and the photography so complimentary
    That in a few years I will be telling people I was actually there.
    Such is the maturation process!
    Thank you
    Until later

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    • blogginginitaly September 27, 2018 at 1:39 PM #

      Extra motivation for me to keep writing – thanks!

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      • Magda Csaszar September 28, 2018 at 3:31 PM #

        Enjoyed your blog very much.Albert and I took my Mom down to Trieste from my home town in Hungry. She has heard so much about Trieste, being part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchi, she truly enjoyed our visit there.
        Magda

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  5. blogginginitaly September 29, 2018 at 6:12 AM #

    Thanks, Magda, I’m sure you have great memories of your trip with your Mom to Trieste, and yes, so much Austro-Hungarian history!

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