A historical centre crossed by the Natisone, the river that comes from the North and that gives its name to these valleys that lie so close to each other that they form the prelude to the mountain peaks of the Julian Pre-Alps and to the border with Slovenia, all around a luxuriant countryside that rises up the gentle slopes of the Eastern Hills of Friuli: the panorama of Cividale offers many ideas for those who wish to explore the area on foot, by bike or more comfortably by car.
Cycle paths, dirt roads and paved roads invite visitors to discover in detail the landscape surrounding the town centre: an expanse of vineyards, meadows, olive groves, farmed fields and woods, interspersed with farms, wine cellars, craft breweries, restaurants, farm holiday centres, bed and breakfast and holiday homes.
You can easily reach the Natisone Valleys, where history and nature, intertwining and crossing man’s geographical boundaries, have forged a fascinating cultural environment and landscape, where archaic traditions still survive, preserved in the numerous small municipalities scattered over the vast territory crossed by theAlpe Adria Trail
You can go down into the bowels of the earth, exploring the Caves of San Giovanni d’Antro, or aim for the sky, going up the ridge of Monte Nero or of the Matajur
Heading instead towards the eastern hills, at the top of a winding climb, is the ancient Sanctuary of Castelmonte, still a pilgrimage destination for many believers and a must for trekkers on the Celestial Way
Those who prefer other routes can reach Udine and Cormons, crossing the lands of origin of the finest DOC wines in the world, cultivated in the 2000 hectares of vineyards that cover Eastern Friuli.