With its regal Roman columns, luxurious hotels and critically acclaimed restaurants, Udine is a city that oozes class, confidence and charisma. Hailed as the gastronomic capital of the Italian region it resides in, Udine is a mecca for food lovers, who flock here in their thousands to sample fine wines and delectable dishes. A majestic medieval myriad comprises the centre, the monuments of which span centuries and styles; Grecian statues neighbour elegant Venetian arches, providing a captivating contrast to the consistent styles of other cities.
Christened one of the country’s most stunning and sublime squares, the Piazza della Liberta is a glittering and gorgeous display of fine Renaissance architecture. The Town Hall and Palace exude a distinct air of imperial majesty, enhancing the superficial beauty and intriguing history of the area; observe skyward soaring clock towers and astounding arches to complete your architectural odyssey.
Many visitors may be surprised that a city with such a rich and remarkable history boasts one of the country’s most significant modern art museums. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art showcases a selection of impressive artworks from 20th century painters, while also exemplifying Udine’s seamless incorporation of the classic and the contemporary. Highlights include work from painting pioneers such as Carl Andre, Morandi and De Chirico.
Like the city itself, Vitello d’Oro oozes luxury and refined elegance. This restaurant skilfully combines the classic and the contemporary with its creative menu, which is inspired by the rich regional culinary heritage and the innovating of the international gastronomic scene. Sit beneath restored rafters beside a smouldering fire for a n ambient and authentic Italian epicurean experience. (Via Erasmo Valvason, 4, 33100 Udine UD, Italy)