The Longobards - without architectural barriersCividale preserves important monumental, artistic and cultural testimony of the Longobard civilization. Here the centres of power coincided with Gastaldaga, where the king’s estates were administered, as well as the Episcopal Complex, the religious centre. Both of these centres, heart of Longobard Cividale, are rich testimony of those times.keyboard_arrow_right
The Gastaldaga area is in the so-called Area of the Valleys where the Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle stands annexed to the Longobard Temple (Oratory of Santa Maria in Valle), a unique historic and artistic monument, and, as it seems, steeped in mystery and still subject of study today.
At that time the oratory room was decorated with marble, mosaics on a golden background and the doctrine of the saints on three sides of the complex: the celebrated stuccos have been enchanting visitors with their extraordinary beauty for almost thirteen centuries.
Extensive testimony of the Longobards is preserved in two other museums in the town.
The Christian Museum and Cathedral Treasure brings together highly prestigious sculptures including the celebrated Ratchis altar and the Baptistery of Callisto. The treasury of the Cathedral is worth a visit. It includes a precious collection of sacred archaeological treasures and a picture gallery with important works from Verona and Pordenone.
If Cividale is a crown, one of its most precious jewels is the National Archaeological Museum situated in Provveditori Veneti Palace. It is difficult to describe its contents in just a few words: it includes Roman, early Christian and early Medieval artifacts, as well as more modern items.
The Longobard collections should not be missed, a rare testimony of craftsmanship, of day-to-day life, funeral objects of the ancient population. The basement houses the remains of the Patriarchal Palace.
Total time: approximately from 2.5 to 4 hours (visit to the Monastery, to the Christian Museum and the National Archaeological Museum with entrance fee)
Distance: roughly 1.5 kilometres
Difficulty level: low (the museums are also accessible for those with limited mobility)
Starting point: Piazza Paolo Diacono, 10 (Informacittà Help Desk – Information and tourist centre)
- Corso Mazzini
- Piazza del Duomo: Palazzo Provveditori Veneti – now National Archaeologyical Museum (entrance cost and tour)
- coming out of Archaeological Museum , cross Piazza del Duomo going in front of the Cathedral and enter Corso Paolino d’Aquileia
- just past the Cathedral corner, enter via G.B. Candotti (which is slightly sloped) in the campanile direction and go on until the entrance of the Christian Museum and Cathedral Treasure (entry cost and tour)
- exiting the Christian Museum go back to corso Paolino d’Aquileia and go down the road in the direction of the Devil's Bridge
- turn into the second street on the left, via Monastero Maggiore and follow that until house number 36, where there is the entrance for people with limited mobility to the Santa Maria in Valle Monastery (entrance cost and tour)
- exiting the Monastery go down via Monastero Maggiore in the direction of the Devil's Bridge, enter Corso Paolino d’Aquileia and return to the Cathedral Square
There is also an alternative itinerary without architectural barriers:The Longobards - with architectural barriers