Some streets, including the very central Mercatovecchio but also via Poscolle, Gemona, Aquileia and Largo dei Pecile will be pedestrian areas from 18.30 to 23 on Fridays and Saturdays, and all day long (from 10 a.m. to 23) on Sundays during all 2020 summer and up to October. Streets and squares will fill up with tables and chairs, so that the city centre will become a huge open-air café!
History, architecture and beauty
It could be a good occasion for visitors to wholly enjoy Udine, a small city but full of astonishing buildings which are definitely worth seeing. Starting from Giardin Grande, a big park in Piazza Primo Maggio, one can descend to the old town centre both entering from the ancient city gate Porta Manin, or from the Castle and its paths and reach to one of the most beautiful squares one could ever experience: Piazza della Libertà. A feast for the eye, where the visitor's glance will be wandering eagerly one way or the other, as it's completely surrounded by incredible open galleries, like Loggia del Lionello and Loggia di San Giovanni, and sculptures: Napoleon's Peace Monument, Hercules and Cacus, Justice's statues.
From there, strolling up and down Mercatovecchio street through ancient palaces, the Cathedral or Piazza Matteotti are so close at hand in a few minutes, that it's really hard to believe so much beauty can be found at such a short distance!
And to get oneself into the swing of things, it'll be suitable to download “Udine Vicina” on the smartphone: a free, useful app that will tell you where you are, what to see and a brief story of every monument. But if you'll get tired of walking, though, then you can also hire a bike with UdineBike, the city's bike sharing service.
Having a bite and some good wine
Of course, good food and good wines are also at the visitors' disposal almost at every corner. A lot of typical osterie, but also pubs, bars, cafés and pizzerie are scattered all around the centre.
As to the best local dishes, we can advice some of our articles to select which to try, like the delicious frico or some hot musetto.
Then there are local products like the mavellous San Daniele ham or the Montasio DOP cheese, that are impossible to resist.
If you are more into sandwiches, then here you'll be able to stick your teeth into two of Italy's best “panino” at Mamm: their bread stuffed with finocchiona (a salami variety) and the other one with Parmigiana (a typical aubergine-based Italian dish) made it to the Top 50 outlined by the online guide 50topitaly.it.
About the wines... well, the choice is open and wide! Be it a white Prosecco or a red Refosco, here it will always taste really amazing.