I saw this picture in the Museo Civico and it worried me. I like travelling. But here this seventeenth-century 'giramondo' is depicted as a homeless down-and-out. There is an old proverb in English : 'rolling stones gather no moss'... Antonio Carneo, the seventeenth century painter, might have known that in his century round-the-world travelling was becoming more famous, for prelates, officials, plants, even pirates! Dampier, Cubero, Alonso Ramirez, one of the MEP leading lights in Siam who was kidnapped and taken to the Philippines, from whence he amde his way home through the Americas, etc.
Dominated by the church with the saint's name, this square now named Matteoti but also known as Piazza delle Erbe or Mercatonuovo, because it is the place for market of vegetables, the square shows also a elegant fountain and a column with a statue of the virgin, both from the 15Th century.
Located in the square now named Piazza Matteotti but still called St Giacomo by locals, this is the oldest church in town. Built in 1378, it was enlarged in the 16th century, when it received the actual facade, and in the 17th when tha adjacent chapel was added.
One of the mot beautiful constructions in Udine is the complex of paths and staircase that lead to the castle. Built in 1487 by order of Tommaso Lippomano, the Governor from Venice, it is a delicate example of venetian style.
The oldest entrance in town, dating from 1299, is called porta Manin or St Bartolomeo tower. The walls are gone,and even the tower has a somewhat modernized look, maybe by influence of the adjacent buildings
Dominated by a palace built in th 16th century to Floriano Antonini, and several times transformed in the following centuries, this a large, nice, but strange square.
Some roman ruins seem to dispute the square with a big and modern block looking like a bunker, that by the time of our visit was painted with protesting messages. With different reasons, I do protest also.
The castle was built at the time of the Aquileia bishops in the center of the town, was replaced in the 16th century by a more majestic building, damaged in the 1976 earthquake and underwent long restoration works.
It was already, since 1906 a museum and after reconstruction, it hosts the Civic Museum and Galleries of Ancient and Modern art, with famous friulian and venetian artists such as Tiepolo or Caravaggio.
It was closed when we went there, and we could only see from outside a Pietà.
Maybe next time!
The Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, dates from the 17th Century, and was designed by Bartolomeo Rava from Milan. It is located in Udine’s historic centre, with statues at each of its corners and large stone arches. It is a bank today, but inside, there's an art gallery of regional artists from the 16th to the 20th Century.
The best detail is a chapel that may be seen from outside.
With a fresco painted by Giulio Quaglio the Younger (1668 – 1751), and the altar sculpted by Giuseppe Torretto it is a very beautiful example of Baroque art.
Facing Loggia del Lionello, across the square, the Loggia of S. Giovanni was built in 1533, including a temple dedicated to the saint, but latter replaced by another one dedicated to the fallen. The most remarkable detail is the clock tower, in Venetian style.
Piazza Libertá display several statues and a nice fountain. The column and the lion of S. Marco could be expected, the statues of Justice and peace are understandable, but was is Hercules doing there? And what do they call him Florian? Don't ask me, I only know that he is really big!
Dominating Liberta square, topping Loggia di Giovanni, there's a clock tower very similar with the one in S. Marco square, in Venice. No surprise, cause everything i venetian style in this beautiful square. The tower was built in 1527 by Giovanni da Udine, and the two moors that knock the hours atop of it were added in 1850
The biggest square in Udine is an ugly place when seen as a whole, interesting when you go around it and look at the details. Very and somewhat impersonal, it is surrounded by palaces and churches really nice. Don't skip it.
At the end of the access to the castle, there's a second gate, between the castle and Santa Maria church, with St. Marco's lion on the top, and seeming much older than the more famous Bollani arch. However, I couldn't read anything about it. So far...
The so called castle of Udine is a palace built atop the central hill, in the location of an old fortress destroyed by an earthquake in 1511.
Built a few years later it was again damaged by a recent earthquake, in 1976 and rebuilt. It is today, the city's museum, with a yard with the best views of the city.
Udine was ruled by Venice for many centuries, and the Venetian influence is particularly evident in the central square - Piazza della Libertà. Surrounding it there's Udine's town hall, also called the Loggia del Lionello, opposite to it the Loggia di San Giovanni is another arcade, with a clock tower resembling the one in Venice's Piazza San Marco. The square is also decorated with a few statues, including the Venetian Lion of St. Mark.