And San Daniele will be celebrating its famous ham from August 26 to August 29 during the “Aria di Friuli Venezia Giulia” events. A full program focused, of course, on ham tastings and featuring many other events: from picnics to tasting labs and masterclasses, local Friulian products' stalls and the Enoteca Regionale or Regional Winery with wines coming from all over Friuli Venezia Giulia, guided tours around the city, the “Io Sono FVG” area with the brand enhancing Friulian products, and more events along the Strada del Vino e dei Sapori (Road of Wines and Flavours) and even outdoor events. And most of the town's ham factories will open their gates to visitors for guided tours and tastings (reservation is mandatory). Here are the main outlines of the celebrations not to be missed by food lovers (and wine lovers too).
Tasting local food in the city centre
Strolling in the centre you'll find food&wine stalls offering many typical Friulian products. Along Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, via Roma, Piazza Pellegrino, Piazza Cattaneo, Parco del Castello and Piazza IV Novembre, visitors will be able to taste San Daniele ham matched with Friulian wines, beers and other Friulian delicacies such as the DOP Montasio cheese, plus whole menus centred on the delicious ham. All the stalls will be open from 6 pm to midnight on Friday and Monday, and from 10 am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Piazza IV Novembre wll also host the “Io Sono FVG” area, the Friulian Region-supported brand aiming at enhancing local products and sustainability. During the weekend, open-air picnics will be held at the stunning Villa Serravallo to let people enjoy San Daniele ham even better.
A terrace with a view on the surrounding hills, where to sit with a wine glass in the hand and a mouthful of ham in the other. The Enoteca Regionale or Regional Winery's headquarters will be at the Terrazza Splendor in via Cavour: there, wine lovers and wine tourists will be tasting typical Friulian wines, paired with Prosciutto San Daniele, Montasio cheese and more.
If you fancy red wines, you'll taste native varieties such as Schiopettino and Refosco, and also Cabernet Sauvignon. The native Friulano and Vitovska, and Malvasia, Gris, Sauvignon, Pinot bianco will represent white wines. And sparklings can't be missing, of course, with some refreshing Ribolla Gialla, Prosecco and Spumante Rosè.
Opening times: from 6pm to midnight on Friday and Monday, and from 10am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Tours, outdoor events and... Arlecchino train!
Guided tours will let visitors discover San Daniele's story, leading them to St. Anthony's Church, St. Michael's Duomo, the “casa del Trecento” and the Biblioteca Guarneriana, one of the most ancient libraries in Europe.
Friuli Venezia Giulia is rich not only in history and culture, but also in nature: during the weekend visitors will be able to experience quad hikings, and rafting and packrafting routes down the Tagliamento river.
And just for “Aria di Friuli Venezia Giulia”, the historical train Arlecchino will be back into action. Starting from Trieste station on Sunday 28, the 1960 train, which was restored by Fondazione FS Italiane, will head to San Daniele stopping by Gemona (where it'll be possible to board and visit the train) allowing passengers to enjoy the beautiful view by sitting in its glamourous vintage seats. Tickets are available on Fondazione FS Italiane official site.