The connection between Udine and art is very old, it began various centuries ago when very rich aristocratic and institutional palaces were built here; precious works of art are still preserved in these buildings, as is the case of Tiepolo’s frescoes in the Archiepiscopal Palace.
Udine is a city in which art represents every period: we can admire both Caravaggio’s masterpieces in the Gallery of Antique Art and Modigliani’s and Sironi’s works in the Gallery of Modern Art. In Villa Manin – an extraordinary complex built after 1650 in Passariano, few kilometers away from the city – we find the new center of Contemporary Art, opened in 2004. Even the ex church San Francesco, among the oldest buildings in the center of the city, has been turned into a wonderful exhibition room.
Art to admire and art to experience: this is one of Udine’s features, of this lovely city built for people, in which it is a pleasure to wander, lost in one’s thoughts… thus discovering everywhere a magnificent palace, an old residence, a romantic view… When you come here, do not forget to visit the historical cafès and above all one of the many inns in which to drink a tajut, the traditional glass of Tocai!
Where to stay in Udine
There are high quality hotels, apartments, villas and agriturismi (farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.
This is an excerpt from the book “Trieste and Friuli”.