Some buildings and monuments in Udine
In the 1550s Andrea Palladio erected some buildings in Udine.
The church of S.Maria della Purita has 18th-century frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his son Domenico. In the principal square (Piazza della Libertà) stands the town hall (Loggia di Lionello) built in 1448-1457 in the Venetian-Gothic style opposite a clock tower (Torre dell’Orologio) resembling that of the Piazza San Marco at Venice.
The center of Udine is dominated by the Castello di Udine, built by the Venetians. In the castle there is one of the most ancient hall of parliament of Europe. Traditionally, the hill where the castle is located was built on the ruins caused by Huns invasions
The monumental interior of the Cathedral is of the huge proportions. It is more then seventy meters long and about half ot it wide.
After the major reconstructions, the whole interior is decorated, as you can see on the picture, in the Baroque style.
Palazzo Antonini Belgrado
This palace dates back to the 17th century and today hosts the provincial administration, as well as some faculties of the Udine University. One can see inside frescoes by Giulio Quaglio (end of 17th century), but I didn't go in, because I was going to the castle and hadn't got much time.
San Daniele del Friuli
North-west of Udine is the small town of San Daniele del Friuli. The biggest draw here is its world famous cured ham - Prosciutto di San Daniele. Its big rival is prosciutto from Parma (parma ham).
San Daniele is filled with numerous prosciutto factories producing thousands and thousands of legs of ham. The best time to go is on the last weekend of August, when the town holds the annual prosciutto festival. The town turns into a giant canteen with long tables and seats in every piazza. Get your prosciutto, grissini and beer from the dozens of counters and then sit and eat all day or all evening. You can also go and visit the factories for brief tours. Free bus services take you around the different factories in the town.
Friuli DOC - Food, Drink and Craft Fest
Every year about the middle of September, Udine is host to Friuli D.O.C. a celebration of regional foods, wines, beers, crafts, etc. For a few days, the town takes on an air of festivity with tents set up all over the place, stalls selling everything from frico, prosciutto and grilled sausages to fried frogs legs. Loads of regional wine and beer makers, as well as those from across the border in Austria. It is also a cultural festival... with lots of exhibitions happening during the celebrations.