Udine is one of the most northeastern of cities in Italy, sitting only 40 km (25 mi) from the border with Slovenia. It is part of the region of the country called Friuli–Venezia Giulia, and is situated not so far away from this region’s capital city Trieste. Udine is the capital and most important city of Friuli, an area of Italy with its own significant culture and identity apart from most of Italy; most of the locals speak Friulian, a language all its own, completely different than Italian.
Udine is a perfect tour and travel opportunity, as its distance from many of Italy’s main city centers make it less “discovered” by many foreigners. Though it requires a bit of a trek to reach (train is best), it offers a perfect taste of that quintessential Italian lifestyle. There are numerous piazzas (public squares), where you can grab some great espresso or people-watch.
The architecture of the city is quite stunning, with its marbled walls and cobbled streets. Grecian statues can be found throughout, perhaps a lasting remnant due to its proximity to the Adriatic Sea.
At night, the scene changes. Locals go out and party, and the whole atmosphere seems to, almost tangibly, gain energy.