Following up on the success of last year’s visit to the exhibition Hollywood Icons at Villa Manin, the Giornate has organised two different tours to discover the artistic and architectural treasures of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2017, from 9am to 2pm
1. Discovering Il Pordenone

A day to admire some of the masterpieces of the Renaissance painter Il Pordenone, ending with a wine tasting at Vicentini Orgnani’s winery.
Departure from Piazzale Ellero (next to Hotel Minerva) at 9.00
Itinerary: Spilimbergo, Travesio, Valeriano, Pinzano del Tagliamento
Fee: € 15
Book now! Please note that you will be able to pay at the Giornate’s Infodesk in cash only.

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017, from 9am to 2pm
2. Aquileia's treasures
Discovering the archaeological and architectural treasures of the Roman metropolis of Aquileia

Departure from Piazzale Ellero (next to Hotel Minerva) at 9.00
Itinerary: Aquileia's Basilica and National Archaeological Museum
Fee: € 15
Book now! Please note that you will be able to pay at the Giornate’s Infodesk in cash only.

1. Discovering Il Pordenone
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, from 9am to 2pm

This visit will allow our guests to dive into the main works of one of the most important Friulian painters and a major player of the Venetian and Italian Renaissance, Antonio De Sacchis, known as Il Pordenone (Pordenone, 1483 - Ferrara 1539). Art historian Isabella Reale, director of the Modern Art Gallery in Udine, will take our guests onto an extraordinary journey to several of the oldest and most interesting churches  of our region, especially opened for this occasion.
From Spilimbergo’s Duomo and St. Peter’s parish church in Travesio, to St. Mary’s chapel and St. Stephen church in Valeriano, to St. Martin’s church in Pinzano al Tagliamento, our itinerary will introduce us to the most relevant works of Il Pordenone. Christian iconography such as the Nativity, the Madonna and Child, and scenes from the life of saints, all carefully and beautifully painted, will enchant our guests.
At the end of this fascinating “walk”, a refreshing break at Alessandro Vicentini Orgnani’s winery in Valeriano will allow our guests to enjoy our local gastronomic products and delicious wines.

2. Aquileia's treasures
Saturday 7th October 2017, from 9am to 2pm
Our second excursion will take our guests to one of the most important archaeological sites in the area: Aquileia’s Basilica. Blending romanesque, gothic an renaissance styles, the Basilica is the result of continuous transformations of the original building dating to the IV century. The current structure, consecrated in 1031 by patriarch Poppone, presents an imposing Campanile (bell-tower), 73 metres tall, from which our guests will be able to take in the panoramic view of the surroundings, from the Alps to the karst to the Adriatic sea. The true gem of the Basilica, however, is a stunning coloured floor mosaic, the largest of its kind in Europe; full of Christian symbolisms, it celebrates the triumph of life over death.
Next stop will be the National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, opened in 1882 by the Austrian government and whose original nucleus is the eighteenth-century Bertoli collection. The finds on display date back to the Roman age and all come from local excavation – sculptures, busts, glassware, amber items, engraved stones and the numismatic collection. Our guests will have the opportunity to explore the lapidarium in the adjoining Museum’s garden that hosts the remains of a Roman boat found in the Lacus Timavi in Monfalcone.


Special thanks to Promo Turismo FVG for believing in this project of cultural tourism, to Pordenone ATAP for making their buses available to our guests, to Alessandro Vicentini Orgnani’s winery for their delightful hospitality, to the Parishes and Isabella Reale for having shared our  enthusiasm for this idea.