"UDINE" Top 5 Page for this destination Udine by iandsmith
Udine Travel Guide: 117 reviews and 236 photos
And don't I just love them! If I could import one thing from Italy to Australia it would be piazzas, Italian style.
Udine's population of around six figures makes for a town with a busy feel about it yet, when I was there, you still feel you can walk around without masses of people on the sidewalk.
One of the main attractions is the Piazza della Liberta, whose seductive pink hued Loggia del Lionello peeps above the wall in this shot taken of the Arco Bollani, a Palladio-designed gateway dating from 1556.
For some reason I couldn't find the tourist information centre and so I still lack a map which hindered me a little. I couldn't quite work out exactly where I was by referring to the billboard street maps either because the spot where I stood had invariably been erased by the touch of 10,000 fingers.
Despite these difficulties I enjoyed the place and its variety of architecture, its lovely shops in the cobblestone streets. I also pondered how, as a tourist, we forget about the bulk of the city outside the old one and highlight the medieval.
Consider how Prague would rate for instance if the old buildings weren't there. It would be one of the most drab places imaginable based on what I saw.
Udine however, had an upbeat note to it even entering from the north as I did.
- Pros:Active town, not overcrowded, some excellent architecture
- Cons:Where is that tourist information centre?
- In a nutshell:Worth a visit if you're in the area.
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