Introducing Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli, 15km east of Udine, may be a small town these days but in terms of Friulian history and identity it remains hugely significant. Founded by Julius Caesar in 50 BC as Forum de Lulii (ultimately condensed into 'Friuli'), the settlement reached its apex under the Lombards who first arrived in AD 568 and by the 8th century had usurped Roman Aquileia. Cividale is hauntingly picturesque and rambling around its dark stone streets makes for a rewarding morning. Even better, stay to enjoy it's hearty table and cracking bars.