Landmarks in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Because of its strategic position, the region was fortified since the very early Middle Ages already by the Lombards. In those early centuries the lords of these castles were of German origin.
Antiquity in Friuli Venezia Giulia In the 11th century when the region came under the rule of the Patriarchs of Aquileia (1077-1420) many towns were fortified. For the long time-span of existence of the castles in Friuli explains the great variety of buildings, placed in strategic points, along the coast and inside towns.