TRIESTE PROVINCE

GORIZIA PROVINCE

UDINE PROVINCE

UDINE

CARNIA

TARVISIO

VENZONE

GEMONA

BORDANO

SAN DANIELE

CIVIDALE

VILLA MANIN

AQUILEIA

MARANO LAGUNARE

PORDENONE PROVINCE

 

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Udine Province

Villa Manin

Friuli’s largest palazzo, the Villa Manin, stands along a stretch of highway in Passariano, a village just southeast of Codroipo. Set amid cornfields and vineyards, the palace was originally the summer residence of Ludovico Manin, the last Doge of Venice.

During the 1797 signing of the Treaty of Campoformido, which ceded much of northern Italy to Austria, this palace was briefly home to Napoleon Bonaparte, whose diminutive bed is on display in the Napoleon Room. In contrast to its interior décor, painted in typical 17th-century trompe l’oeil, the villa is currently used for rotating exhibitions of contemporary art.

To complement the palace’s monolithic dimensions, the vast courtyard was modeled after Rome’s Piazza San Pietro, with a semi-circular colonnade at the opposite end. To the rear of the villa lie forty-seven acres of gardens, complete with mythological statues, fountains, and fishponds.