martedì 31 gennaio 2012


Itineraries of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia



The Collio is situated at the extreme eastern edge of the region, in the province of Gorizia on the
border with Slovenia. A premium-quality wine area, the Collio was one of the first in Italy to be
recognised, in 1968, as a Denominazione d’Origine Controllata, or DOC zone. It runs from the hills
of San Floriano and Oslavia above Gorizia to those of Ruttars, Lonzano and Vencò on the banks of
the Judrio, once the border between Italia and Austria. The Collio’s succession of rolling downs,
dotted with small villages and vineyards, covers a total of 1,600 hectares. This hill country is superb
terrain for relaxing country holidays, in part thanks to the excellent farm holiday facilities. The
DOC zone runs almost without a break from east to west, its gentle slopes presenting extensive
south-facing areas that are ideal for premium-quality winemaking. This situation has long
encouraged viticulture for grapes have been grown here since prehistoric times, A zone of great
white wines, the Collio produces in great part Pinot Grigio and Bianco, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon
and the renowned Collio Bianco, the DOC’s blended wine. The leading reds are Collio Rosso,
Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, and Merlot.

TYPICAL PRODUCTSSausages and cured meats: ham, salami, cotechino and other sausages.
Fruit: Collio cherries and plums.
Vegetables: first crop baby Gorizia salad, known as Canarino.
Cakes: Gorizia gubana and putizza. Honey, spirits.

TYPICAL DISHES:The cuisine of this area is a very unusual mix of Austrian, Friulian and Slovene traditions. Recipes
handed down from one generation to the next make Gorizia’s kitchen a very special one,
complemented by wines that have long been considered some of the finest in the world. One
characteristic Gorizian dish is boiled ham in bread sprinkled with grated horseradish, which is often
a midday meal on its own. Gorizia’s delicious soups offer uniquely interesting flavours. Noteworthy
are jota, a thick soup of sauerkraut, potatoes, beans and meat or pork rind, and Friulian barley and
bean soup. The local bread dumplings have clearly been imported from central Europe, but in
Gorizia they are transformed by Mediterranean aromas. In spring, the local eateries offer fragrant
herb omelettes, then in autumn you will find muset e brovade (cotechino sausage with grated
pomace-steeped white turnips), gulasch (in endless spicy variations), kaiserfleisch (smoked pork
sprinkled with fresh horseradish and served with sauerkraut or bread dumplings), game with
polenta, shin of pork or baked veal. Tempting side dishes are patate in tecia (potatoes simmered
slowly with lots of onion) and kipfel (small fried crescents of a mixture similar to that used for
dumplings). Queen of the local cakes is gubana, the proud emblem of the Gorizian kitchen, which
comprises a roll of puff pastry filled with nuts, raisins, candied citrus peel, pine nuts and walnuts.
This delectable creation can be found in some pastryshops in gift packages, its lovely maroon box
adorned with gilt Jugendstil arabesques. Other typical cakes are putizza, pinza, strudel (with apples,
damson or cherries), krapfen doughnuts, Hungarian Dobosch cake, palacinke jam or chocolatefilled
pancakes and light, raisiny kugelkupf cakes.

BIKE ITINERARIESTour of the Collio-28 km: Capriva-castello di Spessa-Cormòns-Brazzano-San Rocco-Monte
Quarin-Subida- Russiz superiore-Capriva.
Wine and Cherry Road-36.4 km: Gorizia-Mossa-Capriva-Cormòns-Giasbana-San Floriano-Oslavia-

ITINERARY: Gorizia - Oslavia - San Floriano del Collio - Plessiva - Ruttars - Dolegna del Collio
- Brazzano - Cormons - Capriva - Mossa - Lucinico - Farra d'Isonzo

GORIZIAThe ideal starting point for a relaxing excursion through the gentle hills of the Collio, Gorizia has a
rich heritage of history and art. The city stands on the border with Slovenia and has always been a
crossroads of Europe’s main cultures: the Latin, Germanic and Slav.
The atmosphere is central European, indeed Gorizia was known as the Nice of Austria in the
nineteenth century. It was a favourite haunt of the Hapsburg nobility and upper classes, who were
drawn by the mild climate, green parks and brilliant social life. Gorizia’s historic centre still bears
clear traces of its past. The long avenues and architecture are central European in style, above all
the Jesuit church of Sant’Ignazio (1645-1767), whose onion domes dominate the main square,
Piazza della Vittoria. Palazzo Attems in Piazza De Amicis is also Hapsburg in inspiration, harking
back to the days of the empress Maria Therese. It was built by Gorizia-born Nicolò Pacassi, the
empress’s favourite architect, who also drew up the plans for the royal palace of Schönbrunn. Like
Palazzo Attems, many other public and private buildings in the city centre date from the eighteenth
century, which for Gorizia was a “golden century”. Some of Gorizia’s sights are the cathedral,
where there is a gravestone bearing the portrait of Leonardo, the last Count of Gorizia. Then there
are the Ghetto and Synagogue, today the home of the Museo Gerusalemme sull’Isonzo. The
museum is dedicated to the history of Gorizia’s Jewish community and to the graphic works of
philosopher Carlo Michelstaedter, one of twentieth-century Europe’s most original thinkers.
Finally, Villa Coronini deserves a visit for its garden of long-established and rare plants (visits
should be booked in advance, tel. +39 0481 533485). The symbol of Gorizia, however, and the
feature that proclaims the city’s mediaeval origins is the Castle. Visible from a great distance, it
stands on top of the hill around which the city has grown up over the centuries. Gorizia’s Castle is
one of the loveliest fortresses in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and stands in the centre of a picturesque
walled settlement. Other ancient buildings cluster around it, including the fourteenth-century church
of Santo Spirito, and Palazzo Donberg and Palazzo Tasso, which house the provincial collections
and the Museum of the Great War. On passing through the Castle’s imposing gateway, visitors go
back in time into a fascinating mediaeval world. Kitchens, prisons, the Sala del Conte reception
room and the chapel all reveal how life was lived in days gone by. But the Castle has more to offer.
The great crenellated granary on the top floor today houses models, maps and interactive computers
that tell in spectacular detail the history of the county of Gorizia. From here, and from the castle
towers, there are magnificent views over the bleak highlands of the Carso plateau, the gentle slopes
of the Collio, and the river Isonzo winding across the flatlands. The castle is a popular venue for the
cultural initiatives promoted by the local authority, which organises exhibitions, theatre, film
festivals, concerts and much more. Gorizia’s fortress is also frequently the scene of historical reenactments
and events in costume that reach back in time, bringing to life various aspects of
mediaeval life, from court rituals to sieges, markets, craft pr oduction, art and witchcraft.

TYPICAL PRODUCTSPrized first-cut radicchietto salad
Carso morello cherry and acacia honey
Gorizian gubana
FESTIVALS AND EVENTSExpomego - Gorizia trade fair (April-May)
Sergio Amidei Prize - film festival in castle (late July)
Local fairs in districts of Gorizia (August)
World folklore festival (late August-early September)
Puppet festival (late August-early September)
Mittelmoda Expo and Mittelmoda Premio international fashion days and competition for young
designers (September-October)
Ruralia fair of DOP and IGP food products and exhibition of local wines (October)
Vite fair of vine shoots and fruit nurseries (November)
Fiera di Sant'Andrea fair (December)
Dicembre Goriziano and Christmas market (December)
First Sunday of month: Soffitta in Piazzutta (antiques market in Piazza Tommaseo)
Second Sunday of month: Arts and crafts market in Via San Giovanni

NATUREParco di Piuma e dell’Isonzo park (righthand bank of river Isonzo)
An ideal place to walk or take exercise, the park includes a Percorso Vita, or “life route”, and at
Piuma, the Remuda stables (with bar-trattoria).

OSLAVIAThe road into the Collio leaves Gorizia along Viale XX Settembre and crosses the Ponte del
Torrione, the bridge over the Isonzo. You then take the Strada del Vino e delle Ciliegie (Wine and
Cherry Road) to Oslavia, a small town noted for its wines and the massive white bulk of the
Ossario, the monument that is the last resting place of tens of thousands of soldiers. This area was
one of the First World War’s most important fronts.

WINERIESFieglLoc. Lenzuolo Bianco n. 1 - 34070 Gorizia (GO) Tel: 0481/547103 Fax: 0481/549208.

San Floriano rises scenically over the hill of the same name. It is a major wine producing centre and
home of the ancient residence of the noble Conti Formentini family. Today, the complex is a hotel
and restaurant, as well as the home of the San Floriano golf club.

WINERIESAlessio KomjancLoc. Giasbana 35 - S. Floriano del Collio - Gorizia - Tel: 0481 391228; cell.: 349 6931583 Fax:
0481 393454
DragaLocalità Scedina, 9 - 34070 San Floriano del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481.884182 Fax: 0481.884182.
MuzicLocalità Bivio, 4 - San Floriano del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481 884201 Fax: 0481 884821.
Conti FormentiniVia Oslavia 5 - San Floriano del Collio (GO) Tel: +39 0481 884131 Fax: +39 0481 884214.

FESTIVALS AND FAIRSExhibition and tasting of typical wines and products (first week in May)
GOLFGolf Club San Floriano
PLESSIVAThe quiet village of Plessiva nestles in the hills on the border with Slovenia. Here, visitors will find
the Bosco di Plessiva, a splendid park with clearly marked paths, leisure facilities and refreshment

Standing on the hill of the same name, Ruttars is noted for its wines and for its excellent trattorias.
In the old part of the village is the twelfth-century Torre di Marquardo while on the slopes of the
hill looms the mediaeval outline of the thirteenth-century Castello di Trussio, which today is an
elegant restaurant.

Collarig SergioRuttars 33 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481-630310 Fax: 0481-630310.
Casa delle Rose
Fraz. Ruttars 17 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: +39 0481 630083/534277 Fax: +39 0481 33997.

DOLEGNA DEL COLLIOThe emblem of this pretty village, split up into various settlements, is a group of five stars, each
corresponding to one of the districts, and a pen in honour of Pietro Zorutti. Still considered one of
Friuli’s greatest writers, Zorutti was born here in 1792. There are a number of plain but interesting
votive churches in the area, including the church of San Leonardo (fifteenth century) at Scriò, the
church of Sant’Elena (sixteenth century) at Mernico and the church of San Giacomo (sixteenth
century) at Lonzano. Dolegna is part of the national Città del Vino “wine town” association.
Sheltering among its vineyards, it is one of the Collio’s finest locations for agriturismo, or farm
holidays, and also attracts visitors with its excellent trattorias

WINERIESVenica & VenicaVia Mernico 42 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481.61264 - 60177 Fax: 0481.639906.
Ca' Ronesca
Località Lonzano 27 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: +39 0481 60034 Fax: +39 0481 639941.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRSFesta della Ribolla wine fair (first week in August)

BRAZZANOThis district of Cormòns was once the border between Italy and Austria. Today, visitors can admire
the parish church (1763). Other sites are the sixteenth-century church of San Giorgio, with its
wooden altar, dominating the village from its scenic hilltop location, and the church of Santo
Stefano (fifteenth century) in the mediaeval rural village of Giassico.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:Festival of central European peoples at Giassico (August)

This characteristic little town at the foot of Monte Quarin is the heart of the Collio DOC zone. Its
ancient origins are clear from its pre-classical name, which may derive from “Carmon”, the “village
of the weasels”. Centuries ago, it was already renowned for its wines and fruit. Today, Cormòns is
the ideal place to stock up on premium-quality wines. They can be purchased direct from the
producers or from the Enoteca in Piazza XXIV Maggio, where it is possible to taste the very best in
Collio wines. The town has a Hapsburg atmosphere and a statue of the emperor Maximilian of
Austria dominates the main square. In addition to wine, Cormòns is also noted for its restaurants,
which are among the best in Friuli, and for its comfortable farm holiday accommodation. The oldest
erections in the town are the mediaeval walls, around which lies the historic centre with its dignified
seventeenth and eighteenth-century buildings. Particularly noteworthy is the lovely façade of the
eighteenth-century Palazzo del Mestre-Devetag. Other attractions are the imposing eighteenthcentury
cathedral of Sant’Adalberto and the neoclassical Palazzo Locatelli, now the Municipio,or
town hall, and the Santuario di Rosa Mistica, while the remains of the ancient fortress surmount
Monte Quarin, which overlooks the town and where there is also the seventeenth-century church of
the Beata Vergine del Soccorso.
No visit to Cormòns is complete until you have called at the Cantina Produttori, around which is
planted the Vigna del Mondo (Vineyard of the World), with over four hundred varieties of vine
from the five continents. The fruit is harvested together to produce the Vino della Pace(Wine of
Peace), which is sent every year to heads of state all over the world as an invitation to peace and

WINERIESCantina Produttori CormònsVino della Pace, 31 - Cormons (GO) Tel: 048160579 Fax: 0481630031.
Paolo CacceseLocalità Pradis 6 - Cormons (GO) Tel: 0481.61062 Fax: 0481.61062.
RoncadaLocalità Roncada 5 - Cormons (GO) Tel: 0481.61394 Fax: 0481.61394.
Tenuta di AngorisLoc. Angoris 7 - Cormons (GO) Tel: 0481 60923 Fax: 0481 60925.
La BoatinaVia Corona 62 – 34071 Cormons – tel. 0481.60445 fax 0481.630161
Livio FellugaVia Risorgimento 1 – Brazzano di Cormons - Gorizia - Tel: 0481.60203 - 60052 Fax:
Borgo del TiglioVia San Giorgio 71 - Brazzano di Cormons - Gorizia - Tel: +39.0481-62166 Fax: +39.0481-
Villa MartinaLoc. Cà delle Vallade, 3/b - Cormons (GO) Tel: 0481-60733 Fax: 0481-639144.
LOCAL SPECIALTIES:Prosciutto crudo artisanal air-cured ham
Salami and marcundela (pork offal sausage)
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:Historical pageant in honour of Maximilian of Hapsburg (first Sunday in September), Provincial
grape festival (second Sunday in September)
HORSE RIDING:Centro Vacanze La Subida-riding club

Surrounded by a crescent of vine-clad hills, Capriva is noted for its lovely countryside and
distinguished wineries. Worth visiting are the parish church (1882), with its sixteenth-century
baptismal font, and the church of the Santissima Trinità (1524). On the hills around the town, the
Castello di Spessa in eclectic style (1881), and Villa Russiz in Windsor style with the De La Tour
chapel (1869), are very interesting constructions. Both are now wineries.
WINERIESMario SchiopettoVia Palazzo Arcivescovile, 1 - Capriva del Friuli (GO) Tel: 0481/80332 Fax: 0481/808073.
Villa RussizVia Russiz 6 - Capriva del Friuli (GO) Tel: 0481.80047 Fax: 0481.809657.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:Festa del Ringraziamento thanksgiving festival (October)

MOSSAMossa is a very ancient town, the first settlement s here dating from the Neolithic period. Although
small, it is split between flatlands and hill country. Places to visit include the church of Santa Maria
Assunta (1599). Outside Mossa itself, the votive church of Preval, built in the eighteenth century
and recently reconstructed, stands on the edge of the reed-girt, small marshy lakes after which it is
WINERIESBaroni CodelliVia Codelli 15 - Mossa - Gorizia - Tel: +39.0432-507618 - +39.0481-809285 Fax: +39.0481-
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:Grape festival (October)
LUCINICOA district of Gorizia, Lucinico is linked to its larger neighbour by the Ponte IX Agosto bridge and
visited by residents of Gorizia for its fine restaurants and excellent food shops.
WINERIESConti AttemsVia G. Cesare 36/A - Gorizia (GO) Tel: 0481-393619 Fax: 0481-393162.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:Vintage festival and honey fair (15 September)

WINERIESBorgo ConventiVia Colombara 13 - Farra d'Isonzo (GO) Tel: +39 0481 888004 Fax: +39 0481 888510.
JermannVia Monte Fortino 21 - Farra d'Isonzo (GO) Tel: 0481.888080 Fax: 0481.888512.
Tenuta VillanovaVia Contessa Beretta 29 - Farra d'Isonzo - Gorizia - Tel: +39.0481.889311 Fax: +39.0481.888513
WHERE TO STAYLivio FellugaVia Risorgimento 1 - Cormons - Gorizia - Tel: 0481.60203 - 60052 Fax: 0481.630126 –
La BoatinaVia Corona 62 – 34071 Cormons – tel. 0481.60445 fax 0481.630161 –
Casa delle RoseFraz. Ruttars 17 - 34070 Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: +39 0481 630083/534277 Fax: +39 0481
33997 -
Venica & VenicaVia Mernico 42 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481.61264 - 60177 Fax: 0481.639906. -
WHERE TO EATLivio FellugaVia Risorgimento 1 - Cormons - Gorizia - Tel: 0481.60203 - 60052 Fax: 0481.630126 –
La BoatinaVia Corona 62 – 34071 Cormons – tel. 0481.60445 fax 0481.630161 –
Cantina Produttori CormònsVino della Pace, 31 - Cormons (GO) Tel: 048160579 Fax: 0481630031. -
Collarig SergioRuttars 33 - Dolegna del Collio (GO) Tel: 0481-630310 Fax: 0481-630310.


This route starts from, and returns to, Udine. It takes you through the Colli Occidentali del Friuli
and the part of the Friuli-Grave DOC – the largest zone in the region – that lies in the province of
Udine. The terrain, called magredi, has little surface water. Prevalently stony and gravelly, the
magredi are a superb environment for cultivating vines, which were planted here in Roman times.
Their outstanding fruit yields fragrant whites, like Tocai Friulano, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, as
well as full-bodied reds, including Merlot. This is a zone of resurgent springs, which form small
pools of crystalline water surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. Visitors will find castles, ancient
villas and characteristic villages to explore.
Prosciutto di San Daniele air-cured ham, other cured meats, cheeses (including Montasio, whose
protection consortium is based at Codroipo), trout and trout-based processed and conserved
products (fillets, mousse, smoked trout), honey, grappas and spirits, asparagus, mushrooms, snails.
Risottos and omelettes with aromatic herbs, soups, gnocchi (small potato dumplings), pork-based
main dishes, game with polenta, frico (fried cheese), brovada e muset (cotechino sausage with
sliced pomace-steeped turnips).
"The Castles of the Friulian Hill Country": Tarcento-Colloredo di Montalbano-Rive d’Arcano-
San Daniele-Treppo Grande-Tarcento. 50.4 km-6/7 h-difficult
“The Villas of Lower Friuli”: Udine-Pavia di Udine-Percoto-Santa Maria la Longa-Lumignacco-
Udine. 43.7 km-4/5 h-easy
“The Source of the Stella”: Codroipo-Passariano-Bertiolo-Flambro-Sivigliano-Sterpo-Bertiolo-
Codroipo. 33 km-4/5 h-easy
ITINERARY: Udine - Tricesimo - Cassacco - Colloredo di Montalbano - Moruzzo - Fagagna -
Rive d'Arcano - San Daniele del Friuli - Codroipo - Camino al Tagliamento - Talmassons -
Mortegliano - Pavia di Udine
Udine, capital of Friuli, is an elegant city with interesting museums and a well conserved historic
centre. Any tour of Udine should start from Piazza della Libertà which is, according to one very
well-worn, but certainly justified, definition, the loveliest “Venetian” piazza on the mainland.
Overlooking the square is the Loggia di Lionello, its arches and delicate alternating pink and white
decorative stone providing one of the city’s most emblematic views.
The story of the loggia runs parallel with that of Udine, at whose heart it was constructed in the mid
fifteenth century to give the Comune, the town’s ruling body, a new, prestigious home. It has kept
that function, albeit with various ups and downs, to the present day for the Udine town council still
meets today in one of its halls. Opposite, the sixteenth-century Loggia di San Giovanni is flanked
by the Torre dell’Orologio, the clock tower, whose two Moors hammer out the hours. This was
once an entrance to the castle, whose impressive, frequently restructured bulk, today reminiscent
more of a palazzo than a feudal residence, dominates the piazza below. Now, the way up to the
castle is through the Arco Bollani. On top of the arch, built in 1556 to a design by Andrea Palladio,
stands the Lion of Saint Mark. Once you have passed the church of Santa Maria in Castello, the
most ancient in the city, an elegant stepped portico leads to the top of the hill. Next to the castle,
which houses the art collections of the civic museums, are the Casa della Confraternita di Santa
Maria and the Casa della Contadinanza.
Back in Piazza della Libertà, shoppers will find tempting retail outlets and boutiques in Via
Mercatovecchio, the portico-lined main shopping street, and in Piazza Matteotti, one of Udine’s
most attractive corners which is still the venue for an open-air market. Places to see in the centre of
Udine are the Duomo, or cathedral, the baptistery and the Oratorio delle Purità, frescoed by Tiepolo
and visitable by appointment (apply to the sacristy or tel. +39 0432 506830), all of which stand
round Piazza Duomo. Another place to visit is the Palazzo Patriarcale, which boasts a superb cycle
of paintings by Gian Battista Tiepolo, including the outstanding stories from the Bible in the great
gallery. It is also the home of the diocesan museum. The Gallery of Modern Art is also worth a visit
for its paintings by the leading twentieth-century Italian artists and by Friulian artists of the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Palamostre, Piazzale Diacono). Finally, remember to call at La
Casa del Vino, in the ancient Palazzo Tritonio-Moroldi Beretta, which showcases the finest of
Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s wines and is also the home of the Wine Service of ERSA, the regional body
for the promotion of agriculture (Via Poscolle 6, tel. +30 0432 297068).
Mercatino dell’Antiquariato antique fair in Piazza San Giacomo/Piazza Matteotti - first Sunday of
every month
Udine Pedala cycling fun run - June
Estate in Città city centre events - July and August
Folkest international festival of folk music at Udine and surrounding area - July
Paliodonna women’s horse race - September
Friuli DOC wine, food, events - October
Fiera di Santa Caterina fun fair in Piazza 1° Maggio - 25 November
Mercatino di Natale Christmas market at Udine Fiere - from mid December
The following are the main fairs held in the trade fair area of Udine Esposizioni at
Mostra d’Antiquariato Alpe Adria antique fair - February
Alimenta food fair - March
Hobby Sport Tempo Libero sport and leisure fair - March-April
Folkest, Udine and province - July
Salone Internazionale della Sedia chair fair - September
Casa Moderna home fair - September-October
A.R.E.S., historical collectors’ fair "Militaria" - October
Ideanatale Christmas gifts - November
Mostra Internazionale Canina dog show - November
Mostra d’Antiquariato Alpe Adria antique fair – December
Parish church (eighteenth century). Castle (sixteenth century), with sanctuary on hill overlooking
the Friulian plains.
The town is dominated by the impressive bulk of the castle (fifteenth century, now privately owned)
with the chapel of Santa Maria Assunta. At nearby Montegnacco is Villa Gallici Deciani (sixteentheighteenth
Colloredo di Monte Albano stands in the shadow of its imposing castle. It was the home of writer
Ippolito Nievo, who wrote his most celebrated novel Le Confessioni di Un Italiano (Confessions of
an Italian) here between 1857 and 1868, drawing his inspiration from the area and the events in
local people’s lives. Today, the castle is the focus of a literary park dedicated to Nievo. Severely
damaged in the 1976 earthquake, the castle has more than three hundred rooms, many of which
have now been restored. The monumental complex is made up of several fourteenth-century
buildings, Its distinctive white profile, surmounted by a clock tower, can been seen from a great
distance on its hilltop, at the centre of the morainic amphitheatre that embraces Udine to the north
east. In the village itself, the fourteenth-century frescoes in the chapel of San Pietro Apostolo are
well worth a visit.
Festa del Pane bread fair - April
Castle (dating from twelfth century). At nearby Santa Margherita del Gruagno is the parish church
of the same name (dating from the eleventh century, with eighteenth century additions), at San
Tomaso di Majano is the church of San Giovanni di Gerusalemme (twelfth to sixteenth centuries)
and at Brazzacco is the Villa di Brazzà of Contessa Savorgnan di Brazzà
Fagagna is noted for its Corsa degli Asini, or donkey race, held in early September, and for the
excellent cheese to which it gives its name. The cheese is available directly from the producers - the
town’s two dairies. Nestling in the shadow of its ruined mediaeval castle, Fagagna boasts a number
of remarkable monuments, such as the ancient parish church of Santa Maria Assunta and the
Renaissance Casa della Comunità, as well as an intriguing museum of rural life (Museo della Vita
Contadina) in Cjase Cocel. The ancient building has been restored to recreate the ambiences of
country life in days gone by. Outside, there is a broli, or small farm, with mulberry trees, vines and
vegetables, which is still tended according to the ancient rhythms of yesteryear’s farmers. A special
section is set aside for women’s activities and the exquisite tombolo, or Italian pillow, lace made at
Fagagna in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries at the school founded by Contessa Cora
Savorgnan di Brazzà. Fagagna lace products vied in sophistication with Burano’s and were even
exported to the New World.
Also worth a visit is the splendid nearby mediaeval castle of Villalta. Today privately owned, it is
one of the most beautiful such edifices in Friuli.
Corsa degli Asini donkey race - September
Palio dei Borghi race - mid September
Easter re-enactment at Ciconicco di Fagagna - Easter week
Oasi dei Quadris park, with nesting storks.
The castle of Rive d’Arcano is now privately owned but may be observed from outside the grounds.
One of the best conserved castles in the region, it was built and extended from the twelfth to the
sixteenth centuries.
Other places to visit include the pieve, or parish church, of San Martino (eighth century) and the
church of San Mauro (from the twelfth, thirteenth and fifteenth centuries) with contemporary
Castello di Arcano
Arcano Superiore 11/c - Rive d'Arcano (UD) Tel: 0432809500 Fax: 0432809500.
Bidoli – Fornai dai Fradis
Via Fornace 19 - RIVE D'ARCANO - Udine - Tel: 0432 810793 Fax: 0432 810797
Distillerie De Mezzo
Loc. Fornaci De mezzo - Rive d'Arcano - Udine - Tel: +39.0432-800129 Fax: +39.0432-800129
A town with a rich heritage of art, culture and craft traditions, famous for its prosciutto crudo, or
air-cured ham.
Places to visit: Duomo of San Michele Arcangelo (fourteenth and eighteenth centuries), Biblioteca
Guarnieriana library (fifteenth century), church of Madonna della Fratta (fifteenth century) and the
church of Sant’Antonio Abate (fifteenth century) with its superb Renaissance fresco cycle by
Pellegrino da San Daniele.
Prosciutto di San Daniele air-cured ham
Lake of Ragogna
Aria di Festa air-cured ham fair - late August
Mercatino dell’Antiquariato antiques fair - last Sunday of the month
This major economic centre on the Friulian flatlands lies at the heart of the Grave del Friuli DOC
wine zone. In the centre, visitors should see the parish church of the Assunta (eighteenth century),
one of the most ancient in Friuli, and in the San Martino district, there is a fine collection of fully
functioning horse-drawn carriages from all over Europe. These are being transferred to Villa
Kechler. A short distance away, at Rivolto, is the airfield of the national display team, the legendary
Frecce Tricolori, or Tricolour Arrows, renowned for their spectacular performances at air shows
around the globe. The base of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, the team’s official name, can be
visited during air shows (tel. +39 0432 902166). For further information, visit the website
At Passariano is Villa Manin, a magnificent sixteenth-century Venetian villa that was radically
restructured in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It was the last residence in Friuli
of the doges of Venice. Severely damaged during the First World War, Villa Manin now belongs,
after restoration by the Ente Ville Venete body, to the regional authority of Friuli-Venezia Giulia,
which has made it the home of the regional cataloguing centre and school of restoration. Its rooms
are open to the public. Villa Manin is also a museum, each year hosting major exhibitions organised
by the regional authority. Before exploring the interior, visitors should admire the structure as a
whole. Unique and imposing, Villa Manin frames, and gives form to, the green of its extensive
lawns by enclosing them in a harmonious arrangement of snow-white outbuildings. The villa was
the centre of a vast estate and had to fulfil two main functions, as an economically viable farm and
as a setting for ceremonial occasions. The complex layout of the buildings reflects this. The main
residential structure comprises a three-floored main building surmounted by a statue-topped attic
storey. It is flanked by two lateral barchesse, or service buildings, that extend under airy porticoes
around the large lawn. As a counterpoint to this group, there is a large horseshoe-porticoed exedra
enclosing a second lawn in front of the villa, in a sort of unexpected, imaginary continuation of the
barchesse. The interior of Villa Manin is a succession of frescoed rooms grouped around the great
central hall, whose height extends up through all three storeys. The chapel and the stables, where
there is a fine collection of old horse-drawn carriages, are also worth a visit. Behind the villa is a
splendid, secluded and often unnoticed garden, which may also be visited.
Vigneti Pietro Pittaro (loc. Zompicchia)
Via Udine, 67 - Codroipo (UD) Tel: 0432 904726 Fax: 0432 908530.
Vignis di Driut
Via Gramsci 12 - Codroipo (UD) Tel: +39 0432 908027 Fax: +39 0432 908027
Montasio cheese protection consortium
Resurgent springs park
Mostra Mercato del Montasio cheese fair and Fiera di san Simone market – October
Mostra Mercato dell’Antiquariato antiques market at Villa Manin – spring and winter.
Avostanis at Agriturismo Ai Colonos, Villacaccia di Lestizza – August
Ferrin Paolo
Loc. Casali Maione 8 - Camino al Tagliamento - Udine - Tel: 0432919106 Fax: 0432919949
Via I. Nievo, 1/A - 33030 Camino al Tagliamento – Udine - Tel: 0432 919215 Fax: 0432 919215
Centro Ippico La Quercia (Gorizzo)
Wine festival - late May
Parish church (eighteenth century). At nearby Sterpo is Villa Colloredo Venier (from the fourteenth,
eighteenth and twentieth centuries), incorporating the remains of a fourteenth-century castle.
Cabert - Cantina di Bertiolo
via Madonna 27 - 33032 Bertiolo – Udine - Tel: +39.0432.917434 Fax: +39.0432.917768
Wine festival - March
Places to visit: Parish church of Santi Pietro e Paolo (nineteenth century), with one hundred and
thirteen-metre bell tower and gilded wooden altar by Giovanni Martini (1526).
Stocco (Bicinicco)
Via Casali Stocco, 12 - Bicinicco - Udine - Tel: 0390432934906 Fax: 0390432994982
di Lenardo Vineyards (Ontagnano di Gonars)
Piazza Battisti 1 - Gonars - Udine - Tel: +39 0432 928633 Fax: +39 0432 923375
Parish church of San Ulderico and church of San Giovanni dei Battuti (from fourteenth, fifteenth
and nineteenth centuries). Villa Lovaria (seventeenth and nineteenth centuries). There are numerous
Venetian villas in the surrounding area: at Persereano, Villa Florio (eighteenth century); at
Lauzacco, Villa Beretta; at Risano, Villa Pighin (eighteenth century); at Lovaria, Villa Dragoni
Giacomelli (fifteenth and eighteenth centuries).
Pighin (Risano)
viale Grado, 1 - - Udine - Tel: 0432.675444 Fax: 0432.675999
Sagre dai Pirùs pear fair – August
Vignis di Driut
Via Gramsci 12 - Codroipo (UD) Tel: +39 0432 908027 Fax: +39 0432 908027
Bidoli – Fornai dai Fradis
Via Fornace 19 - 33030 RIVE D'ARCANO - Udine
Tel: 0432 810793 Fax: 0432 810797 -
Via I. Nievo, 1/A - 33030 Camino al Tagliamento – Udine - Tel: 0432 919215 Fax: 0432 919215


The Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC zone lies in the hills that extend along the border of the province
of Udine with Slovenia. The heart of the zone is Cividale, the starting point for our two suggested
itineraries. The first leads northwest in the direction of Faedis, Nimis and Tarcento while the second
heads south east and passes through Manzano, San Giovanni al Natisone and Corno di Rosazzo.
The marl and sandstone soil of the gently rolling hills is terraced to provide an ideal habitat for
viticulture. Thanks to the natural shelter provided by the Julian Pre-Alps, the vines are protected
from the cold north winds.
In the The Colli Orientali are wineries where visitors can taste and purchase wines, farm holiday
and sports facilities, excellent eateries, villages with many minor - and major - art treasures, and the
large vine and wine park, making this one of the most attractive and best prepared parts of Friuli-
Venezia Giulia for a relaxing holiday in the countryside.
Typical products
Gubana cake, sausages, cheeses, honey, grappa and spirits.
Typical dishes
Frico (fried cheese), salami cooked in vinegar, brovada e muset (cotechino sausage with sliced
pomace-steeped turnips), cjarsons (large pasta envelopes), game and trout-based dishes. In the
valleys around Cividale, there are dishes of Slovene origin, such as zlicnjaki, small dumplings
made of flour and acquabizna, a turnip and potato soup. Sweets include gubana and struki.
Itinerary: Cividale - Remanzacco - Povoletto - Tarcento - Nimis - Attimis - Faedis - Torreano
Cividale, the first capital in Italy of the Lombard duchy, in the sixth century after Christ, has even
older origins. It was founded as Forum Iulii around 50 B.C. by Julius Caesar and gave its name to
the whole of its hinterland, which even today is known as Friuli.
Cividale is a town to walk round in search of the very evident traces of its noble past. The
gastaldaga, the heart of Lombard Cividale, extends from Piazza del Duomo to the banks of the river
Natisone. But before you venture into its cobbled alleyways, cross the Ponte del Diavolo, the
“devil’s bridge” that spans one of the loveliest stretches of the river, and enjoy the view of the
ancient houses that cling higgledy-piggledy to the sheer drop over the deep blue-green waters.
Must-see visits in the gastaldaga are the Celtic hypogeum, carved out of the rock, and the eighthcentury
oratory of Santa Maria in Valle, which still conserves the priceless Lombard statues and
stucco reliefs that have somehow survived to the present day. Other marvellous works from the
same period can be admired in the cathedral, where two early mediaeval masterpieces, the
baptistery of Callistus and the altar of Ratchis, have been installed, and in the nearby archaeological
museum, where exhibits include some extremely rare pieces of Lombard gold jewellery. Although
time seems to have stood still in the gastaldaga, the closer you get to Cividale’s lively main square,
Piazza Paolo Diacono, the more the streets of the historic centre come alive with the shops, cafés,
restaurants and other eateries that have made Cividale a byword among discriminating gourmets.
Crosato Giovanni
Via della Fornaz 17 - Cividale del Friuli (UD) Tel: 0432.701462 - 730292 Fax: 0432.730292.
Villa Rubini (Spessa di Cividale)
Via Case Rubini, 4 - Cividale del Friuli (UD) Tel: 0432 716141 Fax: 0432 716161.
Messa dello Spadone mass of the great sword - 6 January
Civintas wine festival - July
Mittelfest arts festival - July
Folkest folk festival - August
Places to visit: Church of Santo Stefano (sixteenth century) with wooden altar
Metalworking-Gino Tonutti museum (Casali Battiferro), tel. +39 0432 667213
A quiet country village. Visit the parish church (eighteenth century). At nearby Magredis is the
church of San Pietro (fourteenth-fifteenth centuries) with an interesting cycle of paintings by
Thanner. At Savorgnano, Villa Savorgnan (fifteenth century) and the Castello della Motta are worth
visiting, as is Villa Mangilli Schubert (seventeenth-eighteenth centuries) at Marsure.
Aquila del Torre (Savorgnano al Torre)
Via Attimis 25 - Povoletto (UD) Tel: +39.0432.666428 Fax: +39.0432.647942.
Teresa Raiz (Marsure di Sotto)
Via della Roggia, 22 - Povoletto (UD) Tel: 0432.679071 Fax: 0432.664147.
Distillerie Bepi Tosolini
Via della Roggia, 20 – 33040 Povoletto (UD)
Tel. 0432-664144 – fax 0432-664147
An attractive and ancient town whose historic centre has been impeccably restored after the
devastation of the 1976 earthquake. Sights include Palazzo Frangipane (eighteenth century) and the
parish church (established in the twelfth century and rebuilt in the eighteenth). At nearby Segnacco,
the church of Sant’Eufemia (fourteenth century) merits attention.
Behind Tarcento, the upper Torre valley opens into one of Friuli’s most unspoilt corners, an ideal
spot for hillwalking or mountain biking. Here in Val Torre you will find the spectacular grottoes of
Villanova. Guided visits are available.
Torre waterfalls (Ciseriis).
Lusevera source of the Torre (Musi)
Grottoes (Villanova))
Pignarul ancient traditional bonfire - 6 January
Festival dei Cuori folklore festival - August
An ancient, strategically located fortification of classical origin, Nimis today is the home of
Ramanodolo, the region’s first DOCG denomination. Ramandolo is a sweet wine, vinified from
grapes that have raisined on the vine or on rush mats. It is produced in limited quantities,
exclusively in the tiny area around the hill of Ramandolo, from which it takes its name.
Sights to see in the village are the parish church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio (sixth century), one of
the most ancient in Fr iuli, and the church of the Madonna delle Pianelle (fifteenth-sixteenth
I Comelli
Largo A. Diaz, 8 - Nimis (UD) Tel: 0432.790685 Fax: 0432.797158.
Il Roncat di Giovanni Dri (Ramandolo)
Via Pescia, 7 - Nimis (UD) Tel: 0432/790260 Fax: 0432/797942.
La Roncaia
Via Verdi 26 - Nimis (UD) Tel: 0432.790280 Fax: 0432.797900.
Dario Coos
Via Ramandolo 5 - 33045 Nimis – Udine Tel: 0432/790320 Fax: 0432/797807
The village offers an interesting Museo della Terra dei Nove Castelli, a museum dedicated to the
area’s mediaeval past. Nearby are the imposing remains of three castles, the Castello Superiore, the
Castello Inferiore and the Castello di Partistagno. At Borgo Faris, there is the church of
Sant’Osvaldo (fourteenth-fifteenth centuries) and at Forame there is the church of Sant'Antonio
Abate (thirteenth, seventeenth and twentieth centuries) with a fascinating wooden altar (1701).
Sagra delle Fragole e dei Lamponi strawberry and raspberry fair - July
Festa e Mostra dei Funghi e delle Castagne mushroom and chestnut fair - October
A village with ancient origins, Faedis offers visitors the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta with
a wooden altar by Giovanni Martini (1522) and the church of San Pietro degli Slavi (thirteenth and
fifteenth centuries). Nearby stand the impressive remains of the mediaeval castles of Soffumbergo,
Zucco and Cucagna, which may be visited on foot after a short walk. At Ronchis, there are
intriguing ancient private residences at Villa Freschi (seventeenth century) and Casa Partistagno
(sixteenth century).
Accordini (Campeglio)
Via Paolo Diacono 12 - Faedis (UD) Tel: 0432.711005 - 478823 Fax: 0432.711005.
Cecchini Marco
Via Colombani - Faedis (UD) Tel: 0432.720563 / 340.5944542 Fax: 0432.720563.
Colle Villano
Via Divisione Julia 41 - Faedis (UD) Tel: 0432.728257 Fax: 0432.728257.
Comelli Paolino (Colloredo)
Via della Chiesa 8 - Faedis (UD) Tel: +39-0432-711226 Fax: +39-0432-711400.
Pian delle Farcadizze (Canebola)
Sagra del Vino e delle Fragole wine and strawberry fair - June
Wine festival - June (at Campeglio)
Festa delle Castagne e del Miele chestnut and honey fair at Soffumbergo – October
Torreano is renowned for its stone masonry, which is used in both in architecture and in interior
decor, as well as for creating artistic objects. Nearby, Montina di Prestento offers the church of San
Rocco (fifteenth century) and at Togliano, there is the church of San Mauro (fourteenth century).
Guerra Albano (Montina)
Viale Kennedy 39/A - Torreano (UD) Tel: 0432.715077 Fax: 0432.715077.
Viale Kennedy, 35/A - Torreano (UD) Tel: 0432/715147 Fax: 0432/715147.
Valchiarò (Montina)
Via dei Laghi, 4/c Loc. Togliano - Torreano (UD) Tel: 0432715502 Fax: 0432715735.
Villa Rubini
Via Case Rubini, 4 - 33043 Cividale del Friuli (UD) Tel: 0432 716141 Fax: 0432 716161 -
I Comelli
Largo A. Diaz, 8 - 33045 Nimis (UD) Tel: 0432.790685 Fax: 0432.797158 -
Comelli Paolino
Via della Chiesa 8 - Faedis (UD) Tel: +39-0432-711226 Fax: +39-0432-711400 -
Colle Villano
Via Divisione Julia 41 - Faedis (UD) Tel: 0432.728257 Fax: 0432.728257
I Comelli
Largo A. Diaz, 8 - 33045 Nimis (UD) Tel: 0432.790685 Fax: 0432.797158 -
Comelli Paolino
Via della Chiesa 8 - Faedis (UD) Tel: +39-0432-711226 Fax: +39-0432-711400 -
Colle Villano
Via Divisione Julia 41 - Faedis (UD) Tel: 0432.728257 Fax: 0432.728257

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