You’ll arrive at Castello di Spessa, an historic residence of nobility in Friuli, a favorite spot for personalities like Giacomo Casanova who praised the wines of this estate in his own days. We are in the renowned Collio area, famous for its ancient white wine grape. In the Castle’s extraordinary 14th-century wine cellar, where wines are aged and refined, guests will enjoy a guided exploration of the fragrant medium-sweet wines of the Friuli region. For a different way of spending half a day, golf lovers can enjoy a magnificent 18-hole course.
Going westwards, a few kilometers away, you’ll reach a fortress-city, a masterpiece of the venetian military architecture: Palmanova, a nine pointed star perfectly simmetric with Piazza Grande, overlooked by a lot of elegant palaces and the Cathedral.
The Military Museum of the city preserves precious collections of documents about the fortifications, the weapons and the uniforms used by the many armies and garrisons that in time, from 1593 to the First World War, have been in the fortress.
Moving some kilometers further you’arrive at the Castle of Porcia, an imposing fortified manor house and an important locus in the historical political and cultural events of the Friuli region. Here, great emperors sojourned and appreciated its good wine, cuisine and hospitality, as chronicles of the day recount. The castle is still today the private residence of Porcia princes, and is not open to visitors. But guests can visit the historic Wine Cellar within its medieval walls and enjoy a special afternoon “snack” with tasty local products and a guided tasting of the wines produced in this Estate that has operated here for more than 800 years.