Rebuilt in the mid-16th century after an earthquake in 1511, Udine's castle affords rare views of the city and snowy peaks beyond. It houses a number of different collections, all fascinating. The Museo del Risorgimento is both compellingly designed and set in a series of beautiful rooms, while the Museo Archeologico highlights both locally found objects as well as the region's archaeological heyday of the late 19th century.

The sprawling upper floors are given to the Galleria d'Arte Antica, which has a reproduction of Caravaggio's St Francis in room 7 and several stunning Tiepolos in room 10, along with lesser-known Friulian painters and religious sculpture.

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Nearby Udine attractions

1. Galleria d'Arte Antica

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This 13-room gallery showcases the work of local and Venetian artists from the end of the 14th- to the early 19th-century. There are a handful of…

2. Arco Bollani

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The Arco Bollani, next to the Loggia di San Giovanni, was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1556 and leads up to the castle used by the Venetian governors…

3. Loggia di San Giovanni

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A clear reminder of Venetian influence is the Loggia di San Giovanni, which features a clock tower modelled, albeit in squatter format, on the one gracing…

4. Piazza della Libertà

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A shimmering Renaissance epiphany materialising from the surrounding maze of medieval streets, Piazza della Libertà is dubbed the most beautiful Venetian…

5. Palazzo del Comune

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Udine's Renaissance heart beats in Piazza della Libertà. The 15th-century Palazzo del Comune, also known as the Loggia del Lionello after its architect (a…

6. Cathedral

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The chapels of Udine's 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic cathedral house the Museo del Duomo, with 13th- to 17th-century frescoes in the Cappella di San…

7. Museo del Duomo

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Housed in a couple of smaller chapels of the cathedral is the Museo del Duomo, which hosts a collection of objects relating to the period of the Patriarch…

8. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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Udine’s modern and contemporary hub brings together a number of bequests, creating a substantial collection of 20th-century Italian artists, including De…