Along the road from Faedis to Attimis towers the recently renovated Partistagno Castle, which can be visited. The castle probably dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest examples of medieval castellation in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Also part of the castle is the church of St. Oswald, decorated with a remarkable cycle of frescoes. The settlement dominated the neuralgic route connecting Cividale del Friuli and Gemona, and to this day the view of the Friulian plain is unparalleled. The fortification had administrative and stately residence functions; initially it consisted of a keep tower and domus; later a lower circle dominated by an elegant 15th-century palatium with mullioned windows was built.
Partistagno Castle has a long history of remodeling and was partially destroyed in 1200. Abandoned since the 16th century, it recently underwent a massive restoration that restored it to its former glory.
Transiting from Faedis to Attimis, it is impossible not to notice the castle of Partistagno, which towers from its fortress and invites a visit. The site can be reached by car or by a pleasant walk through the undergrowth in less than half an hour from Borgo Faris.
Partistagno Castle is accessible free of charge to anyone who wants to visit every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. About once a month it is possible to participate in guided tours.
Partistagno Castle has a troubled past dictated by several conflicts and the succession of different noble families; as a result, the structure has been remodeled and expanded several times. The upper part of the fortress, the oldest, consists of the keep tower, the noble chapel named after St. Oswald and the cistern. The tower is also thought to have had a residential function. The lower part, built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, consists of an elegant palatium spread over three floors and a basement. The tour is well-rounded and interesting, even more so when done with the guide explaining the function of each building. From the castle, the view of the surrounding hills is spectacular.
Behind a 19th-century facade is the castle’s 13th-century chapel dedicated to St. Oswald. The church’s humble and humble interior contrasts with an incredible series of frescoes decorating the apse basin. The cycle consists of several frescoes from the late 1200s, including St. Christopher, the Crucifixion, from the early 1400s, and the superb Christ Pantokrator with the twelve apostles, from the late 1300s, by a local artist known as the “Master of Partistagno.”
Partistagno Castle is accessible free of charge every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On one or two Sundays a month, the Attimis Medieval Archaeological Museum organizes guided tours, costing 3 euros, which start at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are not required for guided tours.
About once a month, always on Sundays, children’s workshops are organized at a cost of €5, plus €1 for each parent who wants to participate in the guided tour. Reservations are required for children’s workshops.
Occasionally, the castle is used for exhibitions and events, including private ones. For a more structured outing, we also recommend visiting the Medieval Archaeological Museum in nearby Attimis, where you can admire the wooden Madonna from the castle church and the bone-carved Madonna from Soffumbergo.
The castle can be reached on foot via a pleasant path through the undergrowth, which can be walked in about 20 minutes from the village of Faris. For those who wish to continue the hike, the Upper Castle of Attimis can be reached from Partistagno Castle via a well-marked trail in about an hour.
Partistagno Castle can also be reached by car, always starting from Borgo Faris, on a beaten but bumpy road with potholes.
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Medieval Archaeological Museum of Attimis
Main Street, 99
33040 Attimis UD
As of June 5, 2023, the museum has temporarily closed for renovation.
Museum secretariat hours:
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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