We were very lucky when we were visiting the duomo. There was a British group visiting the duomo and their guide let us join them. We learned that the duomo was built in the 13th century. There was a big entrance door called "Moorish Door" that was mainly used by the lords of the time. In the aisles there are paintings of St. Andrews and St. Francis. One of the best things to see in the duomo is of course the frescoes from the 14th century.
The history of the Castle of Spilimbergo has always been related with the Lords of Spilimbergo. It was severely damaged by an earthquake and at the beginning of 16th century it was set to fire during the upheavals.
When you reach the courtyard of the castle, you can see various palaces and historic buildings. Some of the preserved frescoes of the palaces are worth having a look. You can see one from Palazzo Dipinto in the picture.
There are some palaces that you should spend some time on when you are in Spilimbergo.
- "Duty Palace" (Palazzo del Daziario): It's a 13th century palace that used to house the magistrates.
- Palazzo Monaco: It is one of the palaces that was built in Corso Roma between 16th and 18th century by one of the richest families of the region.
- Palazzo Tadea & Palazzo Ciriani & Palazzo Troilo & Palazzo Dipinto: These are the palaces you will see when you reach the courtyard of Spilimbergo Castle. They date back to 16th and 17th centuries.
Via Cividale, Spilimbergo, Pordenone, 33097, Italy
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As with all good Italian towns, Spilimbergo is bursting with flavour. Of course when in Spilimbergo do as the Romans do and do taste “Dolce di Spilimbergo”, a local delicacy. This cake is sweet with a light cream and crushed almonds.
Favorite Dish: Dolce di Spilimbergo
Spilimbergo is 123 kilometres north of Venice, the most direct route is through the villages of Sedrano, San Foca, Vivaro, Basaldella and Tauriano. Go north to Maniago and then take the SS464 east, or go south to Pordenone on the SS13 and turn off.
We had seen the pictures of La Macia when we were in Spilimbergo. I remembered this when I was writing my things to do tips and did a little research on the net. Most of the info is in Italian but I'll try to pass over the basic info on La Mancia.
It is held every year from 13th to 16th of August. It is a representation of 16th century historical recreation in periodic costumes. A renaissance atmosphere is created in the town.
*All of the pictures of this tip are from web!
Favorite thing: It's because of the famous Mosaic School of Friuli (Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli) in town. It was founded in early 1920s and ever since at this school great mosaic tradition of Rome, Byzantium, Venice and Aquileia have been passed over to its students. The works of this mosaic school have been used for the decoration of many places ranging from airports to universities, from palaces to cathedrals. If you want to see the inside of the school, free tours are possible, but those who want one in English should call ahead for a reservation. As we didn't know Italian at the time, we just went inside the classes and enjoyed the fancy work done by the students that are displayed on the school walls.