Historical center of the town with Liberty Square (Piazza della Liberte) and Loggia del Lionello is charming, the square is not large but home-sweet-home like and very beautiful.
Me and my friend Ann found the place occasionally and planned nothing special when simply went out of the hotel and dashed down the street..
It was early in the morning (7.00 - 8.00 a.m.) and we were mesmerized by the views opened practically around the corner of our hotel. The square is famous for Loggia della Lionello that is absolutely marvelous. It was lit by morning sun what made beautiful shadows and we were happy to make some photos of us there, of course. The Loggie is built in a Venetian style, I guess and as far as it was our first acquaintance with Italy we were completely full of emotions and great expectations further on. The place has soft pleasant colors of medieval walls, marble stones and history itself was spread in the air as if right now you have stepped on the ground of an ancient city with strong culture and experience behind. Next to the square we found a beautiful stair green and cozy which led to the upper part of the town where we found even more picturesque landscapes! We saw mountains on the horizon, red tiles of old buildings and turquoise of the cathedral.. great.
Fondest memory: Me and Ann came to Udine just for one night on our way from Vienna to Venice, Rimini etc. We planned only to spend a night in hotel and then go further. We came to the town late at night and planned to depart from Udine at 10.00 next morning when realized that we might never come through the town again so we had to use every opportunity to have a closer look at the place.
So we asked a charming young man (as if in Italy there are other but handsome and charming men in the Italy) a map and decided to wake up earlier and go to see something special.
It was a warm morning and I remember it as if it was only yesterday but not in August 2010, how we left our hotel and walked in the direction where-our-eyes-looked just letting the morning sun be our dear guide. This was a wonderful feeling - the streets were absolutely calm and abundant by people because it was too early for anyone, and we were overwhelmed with feeling of a whole town belonging to us and nobody else.
Il campanile, the bell-tower, was constructed in 1441 in the place of previous octagonal shape batpistery. It was designed by master Cristoforo da Milano.
The plan was to extend it over the size of dell'Agnelo's belfry of the church of Santa Maria di Cactello, but it was rejected because the structure of its walls couldn't support additional weight.
Favorite thing: In the begining of the 18th century the major reconstructions have been done on the facade and the interiors. The reconstructions were completely sponsored by the Manin family, the reachest family of Udine at that time. The front facade and whole building was rebuilt in the Gothic style.
At the portal of the cathedral the new arch in nothern style of 13th century was added, while the lateral parts of the building were decorated in the German Gothic style.
Click on the picture to enlarged it and you'll see the unique beauty of the portal.
What realy stroke me down the most when I've visited the town of Udine is the beauty of its Cathedral. It is one of the most fascinating cathedrals I have seen in Italy, and trust me if I say, I've seen many of them.
Il Duomo, the imposing Cathedral of Udine, has an ground-plan in a shape of Latin cross, three naves and side chapels. The ancient part of the Cathedral dates back in 1335 when the Patriarch Bertrando consacrated new church which was built in the place of an earlier church of San Odorico from1225.
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
Finaly, in the first side chapel there is the painting called "La Trinita", also the work of great Tiepolo.
I hope you wont miss this masterpieces when visiting the Cathedral of Udine.
This is another masterpice of Tiepolo which can be seen in the second side chapel. The name of the work is "The Saints Ermacora and Fortunato".
As far as I know Tiepolo's origins are from the region of Friuli, where he spend the most of his life.
There are great number of valuable works of art in the cathedral. Most of them you can see in the side chapels.
In the third chapel you can admire the painting "La resurrazione di Gesu", a masterpice of great Gian Battista Tiepolo.
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.