Travel and Culture in
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Udine is rich in monuments that are important both from the historical and the artistic points of view.
The castle, that dominates the town, is a stately example of this art. It was completely razed to the ground in 1517, then it was rebuilt in the following centuries and used in different ways: as a prison and then as the municipal seat. From 1906 on, the castle has been the seat of the History and Art Galleries and of Udine Civic Museum, all rich in documents and works of art.
The oldest monument of the town is the Loggia del Lionello (situated in the central square of Udine), in Gothic style. It was carried out in 1488, but then it was completely rebuilt with its original form by Andrea della Scala, after 1876.
In the central square of Udine you can also admire the Clock Tower (1527), that follows the project of St Mark’s Square in Venice.
The oldest church in town is St Mary’s, built in Longobard style, with a bell tower that is 43 mt high. The most famous sanctuary is St Maria delle Grazie.
Another important monument for the town is the Cathedral, built in 1236 and then dedicated to St Maria Maggiore in 1335. It has undergone various alterations over the centuries.
We recommend you to visit the present seat of the Bank of Italy, Antonini Palace, carried out by Andrea Palladio in 1556, which bears a precise witness of the genius of its author.
You can also visit the Archeological Museum of the castle, with its finds of great value and the Museum of Risorgimento, with all its material that can be used by scholars and final-year students for their research.
Udine photographies kindly granted by Italiano Espresso - Udine