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Top Choice Church in Aquileia

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

The entire floor of the Latin cross-shaped basilica, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1348, is covered with one of the largest and most spectacular Roman-era mosaics in the world. The 760-sq-metre floor of the basilic…
Top Choice Castle in Trieste

Castello di Miramare

Sitting on a rocky outcrop 7km from town, Castello di Miramare is Trieste's elegiac bookend, the fanciful neo-Gothic home of the hapless Archduke Maximilian of Austria. Maximilian originally came to Trieste in the 1…
Top Choice Seafood in Trieste

Osteria Salvagente

After meeting Marco and Valentina, the 80-something couple who owned this old seafood place finally felt comfortable passing on their life's work. It's indeed in good hands. The young team have changed little of the…
Top Choice Cafe in Trieste

Caffè San Marco

Opening just before WWI, and a favourite of writers Svevo, Saba and Joyce, this Viennese Secession giant is spectacularly decorated with theatrical mask paintings, coffee-leave themed gilt and dark chocolate walls, …
Top Choice Church in Udine

Oratorio della Purità

The intimate Oratorio della Purità has a beautiful, dramatic ceiling painting of the Assumption by Giambattista Tiepolo, with a glowing Madonna framed by tumbling, rather mischievous looking cherubs. It's a wondrous…
Top Choice Friulian in Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Frasca

A frasca is similar to an osmize, a rustic place serving salumi (cured meats) and wine, and takes its name from the same practice of hanging a branch out as a shingle. Walter Scarbolo's relaxed roadside dining room …
Top Choice Gallery in Udine

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Udine’s modern and contemporary hub brings together a number of bequests, creating a substantial collection of 20th-century Italian artists, including De Chirico, Morandi, Campigli and Mušič. There’s also a surprise…
Top Choice Seafood in Trieste

SaluMare

This bright, buzzing reinvention of the Triestine buffet features fish and seafood. Order at the bar from a menu of small dishes: white polenta and baccalà mantecato (salt-cod purée) or seppie bolito (cuttlefish ste…
Top Choice Italian in Udine

L'Alimentare

A bright, young, cool, casual and friendly addition to Udine's dining scene, l'Alimentare serves up eat in or takeaway meals that strike out beyond the borders. Vegetable curries sit beside Piedmontese meatballs and…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Udine

Frasca di Citta

With its '50s terazzo floors and vintage wooden furniture, you'll feel like you've stumbled into a neighbourhood house party. Hang with the locals at the bar or find a quiet spot in one of many rooms lined with over…