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Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Friuli

A look at Cividale del Friuli
Fabrice Gallina

Fabrice Gallina

Fabrice Gallina

Fabrice Gallina



Felice Sibilla

Archivio MUCRIS






The village of Cividale del Friuli (Cedad in Slovene) was founded by Giulio Cesare with the name Forum Iulii, from which the name of the whole region became,, the Longobard capital of Friuli. Between the seventh and eighth centuries it was called Civitas, Civitate (m) of the Forum Iulii. At the end of the eighth century Paul Deacon brought it back to him as Civitas vel Castrum Foroiulianum. In the tenth century, being allocated to the eastern part of the Lottery kingdom, he began to call himself Civitas Austria. By shortening the official name, the population called it Civitate (m), from which the local names of Sividàt, Zividàt, Cividàt and later, descended around the fifteenth century, first in literary terms, that of Cividale.

The human presence in the area where Cividale rises today dates back to ancient times, as evidenced by the prehistoric sites of the Paleolithic and the Neolithic found just outside the city; they are accompanied by abundant testimonies of the Iron Age and the Venetian and Celtic times dating back to the 4th century BC. The strategic position of this primitive settlement induced the Romans to settle down, perhaps founded in the middle of the 2nd century BC. a castrum, of obvious military nature, which was later elevated by Giulio Cesare to forum (market). Subsequently, the site was elevated to municipium, being attributed to the Roman tribe Scaptia and finally to the rank of Regio X Venetia et Histria when Attila raced to Aquileia in the fifth century. In 568 came from Pannonia the Longobards, of Scandinavian origin, whose king Alboino immediately elected the Roman Forum Iulii as the capital of the first longobard ducat in Italy and placing his nephew Gisulfo as his duke. Renowned for its capital, Civitas Austriae, the Lombards erected impressive and prestigious buildings, and in the surrounding area founded fortified structures assigned to the making, the noble roots of that German people; in 610 Cividale was looted and burned by the Avari, called by the Lombard king Agilulfo (then headquartered in Milan) to punish the rebellion of the Duke "Friulano" Gisulfo II. In 737, during the reign of Liutprando and to escape Byzantine incursions, the Patriarch of Aquileia Callisto decided to transfer his seat there, as did the Bishop of Zuglio who was cast out of Callisto himself. The city thus increased its role thanks to this important ecclesiastical presence; already a few decades later, in 796, the council was re-confirmed the indissolubility of marriage.
In 775 the Duchy of Friuli was invaded by the Carolingians, and the Lombards, with their Duke Rotgaudo in their heads, lastly opposed the arms of the Franks. Defeated by the ancient rulers, Carolingians established the Eastern brand of Friuli, retaining the Civitas Austriæ capital. The latter became the seat of an important court, especially during the march of Eberhard who attracted men of culture from all over Europe. In the 10th century, ie in the Ottoman era, the Friulian brand was downgraded to a county (or an area) and first placed in the brand of Verona and then in Carinthia (the latter being first part of the Duchy of Bavaria and subsequently asserting itself Duchy). The redeployment of powers at the central and northern European level left an important place for the patriarchs who gained their possessions and power from the beginning of the tenth century and in 1077 became free feudal lords of the Holy Roman Empire on a vast territory. Thus the patriarchal state lasted until 1419. Cividale remained, however, the highest political and commercial center of all Friuli, rivaling from the 13th century with Udine, which was in a strong ascendancy thanks to a more congenial geographical position. In 1353 Emperor Charles IV, after a bloody revenge by his brother Nicholas of Luxembourg (1350-58) - and also caught up against the Cividaleans to punish the assassination of Predecessor Bertrand - gave Cividale the opening of the " University.

In 1553 Cividale set up a Venice Ordinary Ordinary, chosen by the Senate in the nineteenth century of the Venetian patriziate, and in 1559 finally established its autonomy and its territory from the Patria del Friuli, thus unleashing from the Invisa Udine. In 1797 with the Treaty of Campoformido between Napoleon and Austria Cividale passed to the Habsburg Empire; after the brief period in which he was part of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, he was re-assigned to Austria by the Vienna Congress (1815). Between 1848 and 1866 there was the presence of a lively Risorgimento movement; in 1866, after the Third War of Independence, it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy with Veneto and Friuli and in the period known as Belle Époque was the scene of an empowering political activity. During the First World War, Cividale hosted the command of the Second Army and was damaged by air bombardments; occupied by Austro-Germans following the defeat of Caporetto, the city was regained by the Italians at the end of October 1918 after the victory over Piave. In the following years he was the hub of illustrious personalities given to Fascism. During the Second World War (1943) the city was annexed with all Friuli to the III Reich and here were also deployed Cossack troops and allied allied Germans. Its territory consumed not only civil war, but also a dramatic episode of struggle between Ottoman partisans (Liberals, Catholics, Shareholders and Monarchs Military) and Garibaldi (Communists and Socialists at the orders of the 9th Yugoslav Corps). In the second post-war period, Cividale was the seat of the command and some departments of the Mechanized Brigade "Isonzo", which was defended on the eastern border in the event of invasion by the Warsaw Pact, where some members of the Infantry Stallion held various works defensive, including the Purgesimo Gallery. The particular position in this historical and geopolitical context led to the presence in the area of ​​the Gladius Organization - a national articulation of NATO's Stay Behind - to which mainly Alpine and former Alpine troops trained to organize armed resistance in the territory in the event of a Soviet invasion.

They are definitely worth a visit to the Lombard temple (Unesco heritage), the Celtic hypogeum, the Church of Saints Peter and Biagio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, its museums and the impressive Devil's Point.

Even at the table, the village of Cividale del Friuli boasts some food and wine excellence. Particularly important wines, cheeses and confectionery: Gubana, a typical sweet of the valleys of Natisone, made from sweet pasta sweetened with a filling of walnuts, raisins, pine nuts, sugar, grated gratin of lemon, spiral shape and cooked in the oven, gubanettes, similar to gubana but smaller, and loaves, fried sweet or savory pasta filled with raisins, pine nuts, nuts and hazelnuts.

Municipality of Cividale del Friuli
Province of Udine
Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region

Inhabitants: 11.204
Center Altitude: 135 m S.l.m.

Unesco Website:
The Longobards in Italy, the places of power (568-774 AD): the Longobard Temple

the Municipality is part of:
Wine town
Unesco World Heritage Sites and Sites

Municipality of Cividale del Friuli
Corso Paolino d'Aquileia 2 - Cividale del Friuli (UD)
Tel. 0432-710100

Cividale del Friuli: the first capital of Longobardi's kingdom in Italy

The archeological site of Cividale del Friuli, in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia land of Italy: the first capital of the Longobardi's Kingdom in Italy. Nowadays in Cividale there are lots of musuems and a wonderful view on the Natisone River.

Recipe: the Gubana from Cividale del Friuli

The typical dessertt of the Natisone Valley tradition

Next or present Events

  • SS. Donato e Romolo
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-08-21 2018-08-21 Europe/Rome SS. Donato e Romolo Cividale del Friuli

  • Natibongo
    From 20-08-2018
    To 26-08-2018

    Add to calendar 2018-08-20 2018-08-26 Europe/Rome Natibongo Ethnic music festival taking place in the Lesa Park adjacent to the Natisone River. Cividale del Friuli

    Ethnic music festival taking place in the Lesa Park adjacent to the Natisone River.

  • Spadon Mass
    Historical reenactments

    Add to calendar 2019-01-06 2019-01-06 Europe/Rome Spadon Mass Particular religious rite and parade in antique costumes with the historic re-enactment of the entrance to Cividale of Patriarch Marquard von Randeck (1366). Cividale del Friuli

    Particular religious rite and parade in antique costumes with the historic re-enactment of the entrance to Cividale of Patriarch Marquard von Randeck (1366).

  • Dan Emigranta

    Add to calendar 2019-01-06 2019-01-06 Europe/Rome Dan Emigranta Slovenian cultural event Cividale del Friuli

    Slovenian cultural event

  • Truc Game
    From 16-04-2019
    To 22-04-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-16 2019-04-22 Europe/Rome Truc Game Ancient and traditional game that takes place in the squares of the village on Easter period. Cividale del Friuli

    Ancient and traditional game that takes place in the squares of the village on Easter period.

Past Events

  • 47 SOUL

  • HERO 2.0

    Mittelfest 2018

  • Simphiwe Dana

  • Dark Union

  • Tamerlan
    From 14-07-2018
    To 15-07-2018

    Mittelfest 2018

  • Fierce Ant

  • Devil's Trunk
    Street markets

    Used and old-fashioned market in the squares of the old village.

  • Mittelteatro
    From 06-08-2018
    To 12-08-2018

    Review of theatrical performances at the Adelaide Ristori Theater, realized by school kids. Two performances per day, one in the morning (for schools) and one in the evening (for the public).

Other Events

  • July - MittelFest. International Exhibition of Performing Arts in the Mitteleuropa area.
  • August - Palio di San Donato. Historical remembrance in medieval costumes with craft workshops, games, racing and archery competitions, in the medieval atmosphere of Cividale.
  • Friuli and the Eastern Alps Rally.
  • Eastern Alps Historic Rally.
  • October - Cividale-Castelmonte Speed Racing. Automobile chronicle valid for the Italian Mountain Speed ​​Trophy, for the Slovenian and Austrian championship.
  • November - San Martino's Fair. Markets and stalls in the streets and squares of the old village.

Where to sleep

Alma Living Hotel

Via Pontebbana 74/2, frazione Carnia, Venzone (UD)
37.77 Kilometers from Cividale del Friuli

B&B Jasmina

Via degli Alpini 21 - 33010, Venzone (UD)
34.64 Kilometers from Cividale del Friuli

Where to shop


Viale Libertà, 138, Cividale del Friuli (UD)

Other Times Pastry Shop

Piazza Municipio, 14, Venzone (UD)
34.87 Kilometers from Cividale del Friuli

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