Situated at few kilometers from the border with Slovenia, Cividale del Friuli is a romantic historical town protected by UNESCO. 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"). Archaeological findings have revealed that the area was already settled by Veneti and Celts. After the destruction of Aquileia and Iulium Carnicum , it became the chief town of the district of Friuli and gave its name to it.
Cividale is a real jewel of charm and romanticism that will allow you to travel back in time. Are you looking for something extraordinary for your big day? Choose a wedding in Cividale!
Discover the small city of Cividale: split in two by the Natisone River, during the 13th century started the construction works of a bridge to unite the two districts. The building works were however lengthy and challenging, and this brought into being a mysterious and charming legend!
It is, in fact, said that to complete the bridge construction the inhabitants of Cividale had to ask a favor to a very dangerous creature, namely: the Devil! The bridge (which is called “Ponte del Diavolo” - the Devil’s Bridge) was finally built, but a big problem arose: the Devil does not work for free…in payment for his “work” he asked…a soul! The first who would cross the bridge was doomed to give the soul up to the evil lord… terrified by the idea, the people of Cividale did not lose their wits and managed to trick the evil creature by letting a dog being the first to cross the bridge!
Charming legends, fascinating history, and breathtaking views: celebrate your romantic wedding in Cividale!
Discover the beauty of Cividale…The historical center of the town is dominated by Piazza del Duomo, which is where the National Archeological Museum is located. Close by is the Palazzo dei Provveditori Veneti, constructed in 1565 and designed by Andrea Palladio. The town is split in two by the Natisone River, which is spanned by the impressive Devil's Bridge (15th century). Also notable is the Celtic Hypogeum, a subterranean series of halls carved in the rock in ancient times, whose original purpose remains unclear (probably either a Celtic funerary monument or a Roman jail).
The small church of Oratorio di Santa Maria in Valle (also known as Lombard Temple), next to the Natisone river, is a notable example of High Middle Ages art sometimes attributed to the 8th century, but probably later. Included in the old Lombard quarter, it was perhaps used as Palatine Chapel by the Lombard dukes and king's functionaries. The elegant decorations, statues, and stuccoes (11th or 12th century) housed in the interior, show a strong Byzantine influence.
The town has some small osterias which serve distinctive local wines and delicious dishes of the Italian and central European tradition.
Cividale is a perfect location for an "out of track" wedding in Italy as there are so many venues for any wedding ceremony and reception.