UDINE E GORIZIA FIERE
|Indoor square meters||21000|
|Outdoor square meters||10000|
Located at the centre of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, just a few minutes from the old town centre of Udine, near the motorway exits of Udine-Tarvisio and Venice-Trieste, the Fair Centre is a unique example of architectural beauty and natural settings. The complex lies within the Cormor Park, on a former 19th century cotton mill site, still crossed by the waters of the Ledra canal, once the engine of the old industry. Gently nestled in a lushly landscaped area, the Fair has undergone many a refurbishment and renovation, designed to combine industrial archaeology, new facilities and the landscape, creating a fascinating architectural design where the old blends with the new. The Fair Centre holds nine pavilions, plus a first-class, well-equipped congress centre and an extensive green area, spreading over approximately 31,000 m2. Of striking beauty, the former foundry, today Pavilion 9, dates back to 1885 and still displays the main elements of the original building: from its wooden roofing with the typical skylight to the concrete pillars and outside brick walls. The full-height space holds two steel intermediate floors, modern features guaranteeing greater usability. Pavilion 8 has kept unscathed the charm of industrial pavilions, with an extensive space limited by cast iron columns. The newly-built facilities include the prestigious Sala Bianca: full of light and affording a panoramic view, the Hall is hosted on the first floor of the new western entrance, and is the ideal venue for exhibitions and congresses. The functional features and accommodation capacity of the Congress Centre can be greatly expanded by interacting with the nine surrounding pavilions, and it can play host to competitions, cultural and sports events, shows, concerts, festivals, happenings and fairs. Capping the offer, the equipped green areas, the perfect spot to host all sorts of events in a landscape of stunning beauty: from open-air cinema to catwalks. Precious tree species, squirrels, woodpeckers and waterfalls form the background to all the events. The multi-functional centre has been entirely conceived with a view to the absence of architectural barriers
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Lying at the centre of Friuli, from the hill of its castle, Udine appears as an animated chain of buildings, streets and squares recalling the good old Venetian days, protected north by the Carnic mountain range and south by the plains heralding the blue horizon of the sea.
Piazza della Libertà One of the most enchanting Venetian squares on the mainland: a harmonic blend of full and empty spaces of the colonnade of S. Giovanni, with its tower clock and the Lionello loggia, placed on different levels, and dominated by the Castle hill.
Lionello Loggia Magnificent example of Venetian Gothic style, the historical seat of the Town Hall, built in the mid 15th century, featuring its characteristic alternating bands of white and pink stone, the elegantly slim design of the colonnade and the small arch windows.
Modern Art Gallery Home since 1968 to the Palamostre, displaying the collection of Italian contemporary art and a large number of action painting, pop and minimal US art works.
25 km from Udine, San Daniele del Friuli is the biggest town on the Friuli hills, famous for its ham, alongside such cultural and artistic assets as the oldest public library in the region. Next to the cathedral, the 15th century church of S. Antonio Abate with its wonderful cycle of frescoes.
Best Western La’ di Moret****
VIALE TRICESIMO 276, TEL. 0432545096
Traditional Friuli hospitality dating back to the early 20th century. Elegantly-fitted cosy rooms and suites (some with jacuzzi). Turkish bath, sauna and indoor swimming pool.
VIA CIVIDALE 29, TEL. 0432505047
Small establishment set in an elegant Liberty-style villa at walking distance from the town centre. Warm, welcoming settings in neat ambiance. Different atmosphere in the recentlybuilt extension with furniture of contemporary design. Peaceful, relaxing garden, reserved parking lot.
PIAZZALE D’ANNUNZIO 43
Near the railway station, close to the modern centre. Ample sweet and salty breakfast buffet.
VIA DUINO 8, TEL. 0432509905
Close to the old town centre, modern, well-fitted and comfortable establishment. Sober, elegant rooms and common halls.
La’ di Moret
VIALE TRICESIMO 276, TEL. 0432545096
CLOSED SUNDAY EVENING AND MONDAY AT NOON
Once an “osteria with kitchen”, then an early 20th century horse change facility and now a renowned, elegant eatery. Asparagus pie with montasio, fettuccine with cappelunghe and crisp aubergines, boreto di rombo alla gradese, gratin of fruit of the woods.
VIA TAVAGNACCO 9, TEL. 0432470291
CLOSED SUNDAY EVENING AND MONDAY
19th century establishment, founded as “Kaiser”, this trattoria still offers genuine homemade cooking, plus a variety of self-produced wine. Rooms with typical fogolar embellished by a collection of copper items and paintings. Summer service in the garden.
Al vecchio Stallo
VIA VIOLA 7, TEL. 043221296
Right at the heart of the old town centre, housed in a 17th century edifice, one of Udine’s oldest osteria, typical cuisine, warm, welcoming atmosphere. The house offers seafood hors d’oeuvre, spelt and beannsoup, and frico cheesy delight.
Udine’s meeting spot, hosting concerts, festivals and local fairs is piazza 1° Maggio, the city’s largest open space. Cross via Mercatovecchio, embellished by its many remarkable historical buildings and trendy, modern shops, to reach the city’s bustling centre: piazza Matteotti.
PIAZZA PATRIARCATO 7/A
Unique design, welcoming, refined lounge bar, intimate, cozy settings ideal for a cocktail or two to the sound of bossanova or rarehouse.
VIA ZANON 9
Restaurant-discobar, a perfect mix of technology and refinement, hi-tech and glamour-chic. A wide range of cocktails to sip from the massive balcony. Live music on Sundays.
Alla Baita dei Formaggi
VIA DELLE ERBE 1/B, TEL. 0432504512
National cheese, plus a vast assortment of regional specialities: Montasio, latteria, malga, ricotta, sheep and goat cheese. Salumi and Friuli cookery.
VIALE TRICESIMO 206, TEL. 0432546273
Vast assortment of spectacles and shades by Gucci, Prada and Cavalli just to name but a few. 30% discount, 50% on own items.