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Another Unforgettable Place

2011.11.20
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How much more picturesque can a place get, I was wondering...
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Cividale del Friuli (Friulian: Cividât, Slovene: Čedad, German: Östrich) is a town and comune in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Northern Italy, 15 km by rail from Udine. The town is in the foothills of the eastern Alps close to the Slovenian border, 135 m above sea-level. It is situated on the river Natisone, which forms a picturesque ravine here. Formerly an important regional power, it is today a quiet, small town that attracts tourists thanks to its medieval center.

Cividale was founded as a Roman municipium by Julius Caesar in 50 BCE on the newly built Via Julia Augusta, with the name of Forum Iulii ("Julius' Forum"; Fréjus had the same Roman name). Archaeological findings have revealed that the area was already settled by Veneti and Celts. After the destruction of Aquileia and Iulium Carnicum (Zuglio), it became the chief town of the district of Friuli and gave its name to it.
In 568 the city was the first major centre occupied by Alboin's Lombard invasion of Italy, then part of the Byzantine Empire. The city was chosen as first capital of the newly formed Lombard Kingdom, then granted by Alboin to his nephew Gisulf as the capital of a Lombard Duchy of Friuli. After the Lombards were defeated by the Franks, (774), following the last Lombard resistance under Hrodgaud of Friuli (776) Forum Julii changed its name to Civitas Austriae, Charlemagne's Italian "City of the East".
Under the Carolingian settlement with the Papacy, the patriarchs of Aquileia resided here from 773 to 1031, when they returned to Aquileia, and finally in 1238 removed to Udine. This last change of residence was the origin of the antagonism between Cividale and Udine, which was only terminated by their surrender to Venice in 1419 and 1420 respectively. When the Patriarchal State of Friuli was founded in 1077, Cividale was chosen as the capital.
In 1420 Cividale was annexed to the Republic of Venice.
After the Napoleonic Wars, Cividale became part of the Lombard-Venetian Kingdom. It was ceded to Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Source: Wikipedia
14 Comments
MoMac Amazing set TFS wonderful walls of autumn colours at the banks of the river.
MoMac · 2011-11-19: 17:33
jlmphotos Absolutely spectacular scenery. I honestly can't tell you which one I like more. Just gorgeous colors.
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jlmphotos · 2011-11-19: 18:10
danrav You really outdid yourself with this set, Agnes. So many great angles and scenes with so much in them to enjoy! #'s 6, 14, 19 are especially appealing to me!! Love the light in 21! - Beautiful!!!
danrav · 2011-11-19: 18:28
Jarvo Love that bridge. It's not one that they dive off of, is it?
Jarvo · 2011-11-19: 20:20
honzicek Amazing set!
honzicek · 2011-11-19: 20:26
Yves51 wow awesome place can`t pick a fav too many well done
Yves51 · 2011-11-19: 21:23
Shaparak I love these places you visit! ... happy for you :(
Shaparak · 2011-11-19: 23:17
darfoster You have had such an amazing trip! #3 and 6 are my favorites here! You really do make me want to visit!
darfoster · 2011-11-19: 23:33
mrmeliska Your photos captured this place beautifully.
mrmeliska · 2011-11-19: 23:44
brownsugar Ezek meseszépek!!
brownsugar · 2011-11-20: 03:29
baptria Great set. Should visit this place one day...
baptria · 2011-11-20: 11:03
????? That's my mother region...

I saw your new prophile picture Agi: those cats are painted by Laurel Burch, aren't they? I love that painter. She was a great woman and painter.
????? · 2011-11-20: 13:37
JustmeG Omg! I dont think I'd ever want to leave this beautiful location! grand set!!
JustmeG · 2011-11-20: 15:14
JustGarden Beautiful, Agi, simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place.
JustGarden · 2011-11-20: 15:47
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