Cividale del Friuli is one of the most fascinating and richest in history of Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Cividale was founded in 568 BC by Giulio Cesare under the name of Forum Iulii, where the name Friuli comes from. The city of Cividale became the seat of the first Longobard duchy in Italy and later for several centuries, the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia.
The city preserves remarkable Longobard evidence: the Tempietto (small temple), one of the most extraordinary and mysterious early medieval construction in the western world.
Other treasures are preserved in the two town museums: the altar commissioned by Duke Ratchis and the baptistery of the patriarch Callixtus can been seen at the precious Christian Museum of the Cathedral, whereas the National Archeological Museum display the grave goods of Cividale’s Lombard necropolises.
In 2011 this historical and artistic heritage was recognized by UNESCO.
For those who love art, history and culture, Cividale del Friuli is certainly a city to visit!