We have been in Italy for two months now and we have been enjoying time with family and friends. And lately we have been appreciating more and more our hometowns, so we taught it was time of sharing with our readers a bit of ourselves through the places we like, the ones that have in part made us what we are now, the ones that reminds us of our childhood.
So this time it’s my turn. I would like to introduce you Udine.
My hometown is a small city in the far north-east, in the centre of the region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. For its position on the crossroad that connects Southern Europe to the north-eastern part, a legend relates that the hill of the city castle was made from the soil took there with the helmets of Attila’s soldier, in order to allow the terrible warlord to enjoy the view of the burning city of Aquileia!
How and when to go
The closest airport is Ronchi dei Legionari, which is just a hour away, but it is a very small airport with just few flights. The closest international airport is Venezia Marco Polo. From there you can take a bus and get to the train station of Venezia Mestre, from which you can easily reach Udine with a train that leaves almost every hour.
Udine is a very rainy city and although in summer it rains less in can be extremely humid. The best season to visit is surely spring: the fields, the surrounding hills and the mountains to the north are covered by a deep green vegetation. It’s wonderful!
Where to stay
The most famous hotel in Udine is the Astoria Hotel Italia, which is in the city centre and a very luxury place. In any case the city is quite small, so in any case wherever you stay you won’t be far from the tourist attractions.
Another famous hotel, this time not exactly in the centre is the Hotel Là di Moret, one of the oldest (but renewed) hotels of the city. If you like the nature, you could actually also stay on the hills surrounding the city.
What to do
I’ll leave the pictures speak and hopefully you’ll want to take a little tour of the city. I’ll just suggest you a couple of things to do.
The city bares traces of its past, especially of the four centuries under the Venetian Repubblica. This has left its characteristic architecture, many frescos in churches and now museums and the typical atmosphere of the many cities of the Serenissima. At the same time when walking in its streets you can still feel its later pertinence to the Austrian empire and its more austere but rich style.
Wander thus in the tiny streets of the centre, visit the castle and enjoy the view of the city and, on bright days, of the mountains. Visit the duomo and piazza Libertà.
Have an aperitivo at the enchanting Frasca di città (Via Corte Giacomelli, 4), eat a panino con la porchetta at Retrò Gusto Enofficina (Via Valvason, 5), and have dinner in the romantic atmosphere on the mill-race at the old restaurant La Ghiacciaia (Via Zanon, 13).
Don’t forget to buy some cheese made in the mountains that surround the city and to eat the typical dish of the region, frico con polenta.
And if you can, visit the city during Friuli Doc, a festival that takes place the second weekend of September. During these four days you can enjoy food and drinks of the region, events, shows,, exhibitions and a city full of people who come from all over Europe.