Day 3: Pordone to Udine

37.5 miles; 967 ft elevation gain (26ft/mi)

We continue to head east to Udine, touring through small Italian towns of Arzene,  Aurava, and Provesano before crossing the Tagliamento River at mile 20 and then cross through San Vito de Fagagna before arriving in Udine.

Udine is famous for its hilltop Udine Castle, which is a historic castle built by the Venetians from 1517 that houses one of the most ancient parliament Halls of Europe. The castle is also home to several museums and an art gallery with works by Tiepolo and Caravaggio.


The city has views of the city and surrounding mountains. Central Piazza della Libertà has Renaissance buildings, including the pink-and-white-marble Loggia del Lionello and a clock tower. Udine Cathedral has a baroque interior and a museum of religious decorative arts. The city has a handful of excellent museums; this was the second home of Tiepolo and there's a number of his works spread over a few sites. Udine is a very important commercial centre, known for iron and mechanical industries, but is also a confident, wealthy provincial city that remains the spiritual and gastronomic capital of Friuli. The old town is pristine, but also very lively. Bars here are not just for posing; for the Udinese, kicking on is the norm.

Hotel recommendation:  Astoria Hotel Italia, Piazza XX Settembre, 24, 33100 Udine UD, Italy?

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