Welcome to Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli, 15km east of Udine, is hauntingly picturesque. Rambling around its dark stone streets makes for a rewarding morning or, better still, stay to enjoy its hearty table and cracking bars. It may be a small country 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 arrived in AD 568 and usurped Roman Aquileia a couple of hundred years later. The well-preserved Lombard church here is unique in Europe.