Going up Saggitario Gorge, an unspoilt and savage natural reserve, which dates back to millions of years ago, when the sea arrived up to here, you will arrive in this lovely village which was loved and portrayed by many Italian and international photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli, Renzo Tortelli, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Ferdinando Scianna and others. For this region it deserves the definition of “photographers city”, and it’s true, because when you wander around the village, in these narrow streets, it seems like being in an old time photograph!
Cividale del Friuli, was founded in 53 BC by Julius Caesar and originally called Forum Iulii, from which the name Friuli is derived. Modern-day Cividale has a number of unique sights, such as the Lombard Temple, one of the most extraordinary and mysterious works of Early Mediaeval architecture in Western Europe. The Ratchis Altar and Callisto Baptistery, which can be seen in the fine Cathedral Treasury Christian Museum, are excellent examples of Lombard art.
Afterwards we deserve a tasty break! So we are off to San Daniele del Friuli for a visit and prosciutto tasting directly from the producer
The estate owns 100 hectares of land, here are produced premium white wines famous all over the world. Wine making is for Felluga family much more a philosophy rather than a profession. Here we will taste a great wine which is also known as “Collio song towards the sky” and we will enjoy breathtaking views over Collio hilly landscape where on the east side you’ll see Slovenia and on the west side you can see the see.
Off to visit another family owned business; Josko Sirk vinegar manufactory. Here vinegar is produced using Ribolla Gialla grapes and not wine (as usual) and ages 2 years in oak barrels. Acetaia, the manufactory, is surrounded by wooden houses in the hearth of the wood, which are perfect for a green style holiday.