Cividale del Friuli

by Bernardo Ricci Armani July 23, 2014 0 comment
Cividale del Friuli

Cividale del Fruli (Italy). I visited Cividale del Friuli several times: first of all, because I think it’s one of the nicest town around Udine for a relaxing walk; second, because I love to visit its museums, rich of history from the Langobardic period (and recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage list).

I took this photo in December (2013, I think). I loved this scene, with the sunset (typical of cold days, and emphasized by a thick and dense layer of clouds) behind the Devil’s Bridge (in Italian, “Ponte del Diavolo”), which crosses the Natisone River since 1442 and is probably the most famous symbol of Cividale del Friuli.

The legend says that since the construction was particularly hard to complete (mainly due to the tough conditions imposed by the river below), local people requested the support of┬áthe Devil, which agreed pretending the soul of the first being crossing the bridge after its completion. The night after the completion, the villagers made an animal cross the bridge (someone says a dog, someone else a cat, others report it was a pig) and the Devil was somehow “tricked”.

Believe or not to this nice tale, do not miss a visit to Cividale del Friuli and the other local towns. You will be amazed!

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