The pretty, civilised little city of Udine has been built around the hill on which its castle, the oldest building in the city, stands. With the wind behind you and a little willpower, you can in fact reach the castle on foot, either using the steps provided or straight up the rather steep ascent. On reaching the top you'll find a large green plateau-like area affording panoramic views across the Friuli-Venezia Giulia plain, a combination of houses and greenery set against a backdrop of the mountains to the north. Since 1906, the palace wing of the castle has housed the Civic Museums and the Galleries of History and Art ('Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia e Arte') where you'll find works by Carpaccio, Pordenone and Tiepolo. If you're a real fan of their work, be sure to visit the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace, too. Just a short distance below the castle you'll find the Piazza della Libertą, home to the typically Venetian-style Loggia del Lionello, which stands opposite the bell-tower created by Jean d'Udine. It won't take you long to get around the city's historic centre, which lies between the Piazza Primo Maggio, the Via Mercatovecchio and the Piazza Matteotti, so it's worth taking the time to explore the more traditional little corners of the city, or even stopping for a nice drink at one of the many taverns in the area.
Surface area : 7845.0 km2
Population : 1230936 inhabitants