Clock tower, Torre dell'Orologio, in Loggia di San Giovanni located in Piazza della Libertà in Udine.

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Piazza della Libertà


A shimmering Renaissance epiphany materialising from the surrounding maze of medieval streets, Piazza della Libertà is dubbed the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland. The arched Palazzo del Comune is a clear Venetian keepsake, as is the Loggia di San Giovanni opposite, its clock tower modelled on the one gracing Venice's Piazza San Marco. The Arco Bollani, next to the Loggia, is an Andrea Palladio work from 1556; it leads up to the castle once used by Venetian governors.

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1. 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…

2. 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…

3. 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…

4. Castello

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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…

5. 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…

6. 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…

7. 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…

8. 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…