CIVIDALE THE CRADLE OF THE FRIULI: A VIRTUAL EXCURSION IN THE DAYS OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Cividale is one of the most fascinating and ancient towns in Friuli: history has stratified Celtic, Roman, Longobard and Renaissance evidence on its stones. Behind it are the Natisone Valleys, the route of ancient trade with central Europe, from which the Gallo Carni descended in the 3rd BC. Here in 50 B.C., Caesar founded Forum Iulii, where the Lombards settled in the 6th century AD, choosing it as the capital of their first duchy in Italy. And always here during the Middle Ages the Patriarch, feudal lord of Friuli, received his investiture. Cividale gave its name to Friuli. Its name, Forum Iulii, extended to the whole territory over which it dominated during the Roman period and which is still called Friuli today. Cividale, when you can, you have to walk around, to discover the traces of its past, evident in the painted facades of the houses that overlook narrow alleys, in the ancient squares, in the houses of the villages, built on the sheer cliffs above the Natisone. For now a short video by Antonio Devetag to understand the fascinating history of our neighbour.