Stage 15

RITROVO DI PARTENZA

 

Faedis

INCOLONNAMENTO

 

KM 0, VIA UFFICIALE

 

KM

 

74.3

ARRIVO

 

San Daniele del Friuli

ORARIO DI ARRIVO

 

Stage 15 | 20 October 2020 | 74.3 km

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San Daniele del Friuli

Faedis

The Municipality of Faedis offers the chance of relaxing in the green, away from the stress and fatigues, which are associated with modern life. In addition to this, remarkable artistic beauties characterize the landscape, what with castles and numerous votive churches. Let’s not forget the many summer outdoor fairs and last but not least, for the lovers of a good old glass of wine, local canteens, venues and bars are always open.

Food and wine

Faedis and its hamlets offer over 20 farms and restaurants, a hundred beds in widespread hospitality, in addition to cellars. A range of experiential tourist proposals where each person can live and breathe the territory, nature, traditions, food and wines, internalizing a lifestyle made up of tastes, slowness, depth, emotion, culture.
Faedis is included in the D.O.C. area of Colli Orientali del Friuli. Its peculiar wines are Refosco di Faedis and Verduzzo Friulano, without forgetting Picolit, Tocai Friulano, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Schioppettino, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero and Chardonnay, Franconia, Riesling italico, Moscato White and aromatic Traminer.

Places of interest

  • Castello di Cucagna (XI century)
  • Castello di Zucco (XIII  century)
  • Castello di Soffumbergo (XI  century)
  • 16 churches, big and small, scattered all over the municipality (from XII century)
  • HIstorical centenary vineyard

History

The human presence in Faedis dates back around 2000 BC.
There are traces of the passage/presence of the Celts, the Roman Empire and the Longobards from the last centuries BC to the first centuries AD. It is a dark period, lacking testimonies, until the year 1000, when in Faedis arrived Odorico di Auspergh, the Carinthian nobleman who in 1027 received permission from Patriarch Popone to build a castle and started the Cucagna dynasty.

San Daniele del Friuli

For the first time in history, the Giro d’Italia will arrive in San Daniele del Friuli, a town located in the heart of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and which, despite its small size, is one of the most important villages in the region. Here, in fact, the homonymous prosciutto famous in Italy and in the world is produced. The history that characterizes the town is also rich: since the Roman times it was a commercial crossroads with Central and Eastern Europe and in the following ages it consolidated its attitude.

Food and wine

The city of San Daniele del Friuli is famous and known all over the world for the main product of Friuli-Venezia Giulia: the San Daniele DOP. An Italian product that originates from Italian pork legs worked and seasoned only and exclusively in this municipality. The perfect microclimatic conditions allow the pig legs to mature to perfection to obtain San Daniele, a Protected Designation of Origin product since 1996. In the municipal area there are only thirty-one producers of the over 2 million and 600 thousand hams, which follow the strict production disciplinary. Prosciutto di San Daniele is made with only three ingredients: pork legs, sea salt and the particular microclimate of this city. It is a totally natural product, free of preservatives, nitrites and nitrates. For its high nutritional value and easy digestibility, guaranteed by a maturation of not less than 13 months, Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP is indicated in any diet, and is an excellent source of noble and high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals. Prosciutto di San Daniele is eaten sliced ​​thin at the moment, or used in numerous preparations such as “Tagliolini alla San Daniele”, a typical and characteristic dish of the town. In the numerous prosciutterie there is San Daniele sliced ​​with a knife but skilled cutters who present tastings of prosciutto of various ages.
The city of ham, however, is also known for other typical products of the area such as smoked trout. Along the banks of the Tagliamento river there is a small river trout farm, it is a family-run niche company that produces the “Queen of San Daniele”. In the numerous taverns and restaurants of the town you can find tasty dishes based on ham and smoked trout accompanied by excellent Friulian wines from the area and other important dishes of local culture such as frico, a potato pie and melted cheese. In San Daniele del Friuli the King (ham) and the Queen (trout) are masters in the gastronomic panorama.

Places of interest

San Daniele del Friuli in addition to the excellent prosciutto also offers many sites of cultural interest. One of these is certainly the Church of San Antonio Abate. This church gives us evidence of Friulian art between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and houses the most beautiful cycle of Renaissance frescoes in the region. For this reason it is called the “Sistine Chapel” of Friuli.
The Guarneriana Library is also famous: a treasure chest of inestimable cultural value dating back to the fifteenth century. In the fifteenth century in Italy libraries were still, more than anything else, private collections belonging to an individual, a family or specific social, religious or university groups. The idea that a library could be opened and managed by its community of reference was not at all obvious but this was the intuition that Guarnerio d’Artegna, archpriest-parish priest of San Daniele del Friuli, realized. The Guarneriana was visited by illustrious personalities such as Foscolo, Nievo and Carducci. In addition, it passed almost unscathed between the two world wars thanks to the precautions taken by the competent Administration. In its premises are kept the Municipal Historical Archive and that of the ancient Hospital of Sant’Antonio.
Finally, one cannot fail to mention the famous Portonat, symbol of the city and designed in 1579 by Andrea Palladio, while the sixteenth-century bell tower of the Duomo, which was left unfinished, was designed by a disciple of Raphael, Giovanni da Udine.

History

San Daniele del Friuli is an ancient village that climbs up soft hills, at about 250m above sea level and is located in the hilly Friuli area. The town, known above all for the homonymous PDO prosciutto that is produced here, has origins dating back to the Roman period, especially when the Celts lived here. The Romans subsequently preserved its meat preservation technique and so this knowledge was handed down over the centuries. During the Middle Ages, then, San Daniele prospered considerably under the Patriarchate of Aquileia as a crossroads with the markets of Central and Eastern Europe and in subsequent eras it consolidated this commercial attitude.
In more recent history, the country was damaged by the 1976 earthquake which caused less damage to the country than the other municipalities involved. However, partial or total destruction of the buildings in the historic center occurred, and damage to the works of art, with injuries and victims.
No martyr or saint therefore in the indication of San Daniele del Friuli and its prosciutto, but only the strong attachment to a territory that continuously shapes its identity.