Cividale del Friuli


MANY PEOPLE HAVE VISITED US: THE CELTS, THE ROMANS, THE LONGOBARDS... AND YOU?
What are you waiting for? Cividale del Friuli is a precious casket that you can open as well; visiting it means lifting the lid and seeing its treasures. You will adventureinto an exciting journey through time. You will be able to experience the mysterious atmosphere of the Celts, admire Roman mosaics and artefacts, be dazzled by the gold belonging to the Longobards, wander along charming old streets or experience a thrilling view from the dizzy height of Ponte del Diavolo (Devilís Bridge).

LONGOBARD CIVIDALE: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE THE CAPITAL OF THE FIRST LONGOBARD DUCHY IN ITALY
Cividale preserves important monumental, artistic and cultural testimony of a Longobard civilization. Here the centres of power were to be found in the Gastaldaga, where the kingís estates were administered, as well as the Complesso Episcopale, the religious centre. Both of these centres, heart of the Longobard Cividale, conserve rich testimonies of those times. The Gastaldaga included the Longobard Temple namely, the Oratory of Santa Maria in Valle, a unique historic and artistic monument, and, as it seems, steeped in mystery and still a subject of study today. At the time, the building was lavishly decorated with different types of marble, mosaics on a gold background, and a long line of saints on three sides: the renowned stuccowork has charmed the visitors for the past three centuries for their extraordinary beauty.

CULTURE AND FOLKLORE. FROM MEDIEVAL COMMEMORATION TO MITTELEUROPEAN CULTURES.
During the year, many processions and events fi ll and enliven the streets and squares in the town. On the 6th of January in the Cathedral, the Mass of the Broadsword, is celebrated and is a ceremony that is rich religious and political content and centuries-old tradition. The broadsword used during the ceremony belonged to patriarch Marquardo di Randeck and dates back to 1366. Then this ritual moves to the streets with a historic commemoration of the entry to Cividale and arrival of the illustrious patriarch with a colourful procession in medieval costume. On Easter and Easter Monday: the Truc, the traditional game of Cividale, takes place, with coloured eggs as the protagonists. The now renowned Mittelfest, which takes place in the month of July, is a festival of prose, music, dance, poetry, visual arts and marionettes of countries in central Europe.