Part of "Longobards in Italy, Places of Power" set of buildings which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Cividale del Friuli is a small jewel in the far north-eastern corner of Italy. Traditional histories say that it was founded by Julius Caesar, who gave the town its first recorded name: Forum Iulii (which has now become the name of Cividale's region, Friuli). However, archeologists have found remains of older Celtic settlements on the site.
In the Middle Ages, Cividale become a capital of the Lombards. Cividale was the seat of the Patriarch of Aquilea (as that Roman city had been destroyed by Huns) until the 1200s, when the Patriarchs moved to Udine.
In June 2011, Cividale and six other cities of the Lombards together were named a collective UNESCO World Heritage Site, Italia Langobardorum: Cividale del Friuli, Brescia, Castelseprio in the province of Varese, Spoleto, Campello sul Clitunno in the province of Perugia, Benevento and Monte Sant'Angelo. The recognition rewards Cividale's remarkable medieval treasures.