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Formerly an important regional power, today Cividale is a quiet, small town that attracts tourists thanks to its medieval center.
© Fabrice Gallina

Cividale del Friuli World Heritage Site

Julius Caesar founded the city around 50 BC and named it Forum Iulii. As a capital of the first Lombard duchy in Italy, Cividale was dominated by the Romans, the Franks, the Patriarchate of Aquileia and the Republic of Venice.

Walking along the beautiful squares and narrow cobbled streets, you'll see picturesque medieval houses and old workshops, including the blacksmith’s, which you can enter and visit.

The city's main cultural jewels include the Lombard Temple, the best known expression of the architecture and art of the Lombards in Italy; the Altar of Ratchis, and the Baptistry of Callisto are exceptional testimonies of Langobardian art, visible in the precious Christian Museum and the Duomo Treasury. These artistic treasures led the Gastaldaga and the Episcopal complex to be included in the Longobards in Italy UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription in 2011.

Cividale's Lombard Temple, a monument of fundamental importance for European art, preserves an exceptional stucco decoration composed of elegant decorative plant motifs and figures of saints sculpted in high relief. – © Ulderica da Pozzo / PromoTurismoFVG
Cividale's Lombard Temple, a monument of fundamental importance for European art, preserves an exceptional stucco decoration composed of elegant decorative plant motifs and figures of saints sculpted in high relief. – © Ulderica da Pozzo / PromoTurismoFVG

Visit the National Archaeological Museum, a shrine of art and history, and discover what secrets and mysteries lie beneath your feet in the Celtic Hypogeum, a complex of artificial caves carved from rock, the original function of which is still unknown.

Stroll across the Devil’s Bridge, the symbol of the town, dating back to the mid fifteenth century, where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the town.

Even without these historical treasures, Cividale is worth a visit to see its most recent display: CIPS is a centre devoted to marionettes by Vittorio Podrecca, the greatest italian artisti of marionette theatre. Find the time to drop in this exhibition space, the only one of its kind in Europe.

Visit

Cividale del Friuli World Heritage Site

Hours

Tourist office
April-Sept 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 17:00
Oct-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 16:30
Ph + 39 0432 710460
[email protected]
www.promoturismo.fvg.it
www.cividale.net

Lombard Temple
Oct-Mar:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 13:00/ 14:00 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 -17:00
April-Sept:
Monday to Friday : 10:00 - 13:00/ 15:00 - 18:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
Ph + 39 0432 700867 (ticket office)
Ph +39 0432 710460 (tour reservation)
[email protected]
www.tempiettolongobardo.it

Christian Museum And Treasure Of The Cathedral
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
Other days by appointment
Ph +39 0432 730403
[email protected]
www.mucris.it

National Archaeological Museum Of Cividale Del Friuli
Monday : 9:00 - 14:00
Tuesday to Sunday and holidays: 8:30 - 19:30
Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
ph .+39 0432 700700
museoa[email protected]
www.museoarcheologicocividale.beniculturali.it

C.I.P.S. -Centro Internazionale “Vittorio Podrecca-Teatro Delle Meraviglie Di Maria Signorelli”
April-Sept: 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 18:00
Oct-Mar:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 – 17:00
25 December: closed
1 January : 14:00 -17:00
ph + 39 0432 700867
www.cividale.net

Celtic Hypogeum
Oct–Mar: 10:00 -12:00 / 14:30-16:30
April–Sept: 10:00-13:00 / 15:00-17:00
ph. +39 0432 710460 (Informacittà)
ph +39 0432 700876 (Lombard Temple)
[email protected]
www.cividale.net
to visit to the Celtic Hypogeum, the key must be collected at:
Informacittà of Cividale del Friuli
in Piazza P. Diacono n. 10 - Cividale del Friuli

Pricing

Lombard Temple and Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle
Adult € 4,00 (over 25 and under 65 years, no groups)
Discount adult € 3,00 (18 to 25 years but not students; over 65 years; groups up to 15 people)
Students € 1,50 (8 to 17 years, students <25 years, school groups, free for teacher)
free entrance: FVGcard holders; EU Guide; EU interpreters; EU people with disabilities with personal assistant; MiBAC staff; members of ICOM; teachers and tour leaders.

Christian Museum And Treasure Of The Cathedral
Adult € 4.00 (people over 25 and under 65 years- no groups)
Discount adult € 3,00 (18 to 25 years but not students; over 65 years; groups up to 15 people)
Students € 2,00 (8 to 17 years, students <25 years, school groups, free for teacher)
free entrance: FVGcard holders; EU Guide; EU interpreters; EU people with disabilities with personal assistant; MiBAC staff; members of ICOM; teachers and tour leaders.

National Archaeological Museum Of Cividale Del Friuli
Adult € 4.00 (people over 25 years)
Discount adult € 2.00 (for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years)
free entrance: FVGcard holders, EU Guide, EU interpreters, EU people with disabilities with personal assistant, MiBAC staff, members of ICOM, teachers, tour leaders, young people under 18 years)

C.I.P.S. -Centro Internazionale “Vittorio Podrecca-Teatro Delle Meraviglie Di Maria Signorelli”
Adult: € 3,00
Family ticket: € 6,00 (two adults and at least two children)
Discount tickets: € 1,00 (children aged 8 to18 years, accreditated students up to 25 years of age, school groups with minimum 15 people- Free entrance for the tour leader)
Discount ticket: € 2,00 (senior 65 or older; visitors aged 18-25; groups of adults with at least 15 people)
free : FVGCard holders ,children under 8 years;, employees of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, holder of ICOM card, UE Tour Guides, people with disabilities and their carers

Celtic Hypogeum
free admission