Territory: in the midst of nature and the arts
Mortegliano is a nerve centre from where to visit all Friuli and it consists of a
small town of the lower Friulan province. Its centre houses the highest
in all Italy (113.2 metres, built by Pietro Zanini in 1959) and the Cathedral where Giovanni Martini’s famous altar can be found, a masterpiece of
A few kilometres away rises Aquileia, a jewel of Friulan archaeology (it was founded
way back in 181 BC).
Having been included by UNESCO as a world heritage site, Aquileia still conserves to this
in a very exemplary manner the remains of the old Roman city: from the
forum to the basilica, from the mosaic flooring to the Way of
the Cross statues, from
the markets to the river port (http://www.aquileia.net/).
Travelling swiftly in time and moving to the west, at Passariano one can see Villa Manin, a 16th century Venetian mansion where in 1797 the Treaty of Campoformido was signed, thereby ratifying Bonaparte’s victory in his First Italian Campaign. Nowadays
this mansion is an important contemporary art centre hosting international exhibitions