A Quiet Sunday in Cividale
It rained during the night so we had a lazy start to the day. We breakfasted in the hotel before heading out, wearing jackets for the first time since we left home. The sky was overcast but the rain held off.
The town was originally called Forum Iulia and a statue of Julius Caesar still stands in the main square. The Romans were followed by the Celts, then the Longobards (from Germany) and then the Venetians so the town abounds in history.
We visited the Archaeological Museum, the Duomo’s Christian Museum and the Longobards small temple built in the 8th century. All marvellous! The photos just can’t do justice to them.
We watched the people strolling through the town after Mass, all beautifully dressed, on their way out to lunch. The young girls wore smocked and embroidered dresses with white stockings and pastel shoes. Men wore formal suits and ladies were smartly turned out in dresses with jackets, very high heels and stockings. You could tell we were not local by our jeans and t shirts.
We think we are the only English speaking people in Cividale at the moment. It is, however, a popular place for Italians to visit and it hosts many cultural events during the year. We have had a wonderful visit.