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Castello di Artegna

The medieval castle Savorgnan

About this place

On the hill of San Martino, in the historic center of Artegna, the 12th-century Savorgnan Castle dominates the valley. There were initially two castles, the upper and lower, and they guarded the ancient Via Julia Augusta, which led from Aquileia to Noricum. The upper castle was abandoned at the end of the 13th century; the lower castle can now be visited free of charge by anyone who wants to learn about the history of the lords of Artegna, the Savorgnan family. In fact, following the 1976 earthquake, the building was partially restored and opened to the public.

Why visit it

01.

Renovated

The castle underwent extensive renovation and opened to the public in February 2014. The structure has been renovated, the interior redecorated and adapted for exhibition space. In addition, a dining area has been created on the ground floor.

02.

The archaeological museum

Archaeological excavations on St. Martin’s Hill have unearthed many artifacts from the late Roman and medieval periods, which can be seen in the permanent exhibition on the second floor of the castle.

03.

Free admission

Artegna Castle is accessible free of charge to anyone who wants to visit it every Saturday, Sunday and holidays in all seasons. The archaeological exhibition and temporary exhibitions are also free of charge.

The tour of the archaeological museum

SECOND FLOOR – EXHIBITION GALLERY
Going up to the second floor of the small castle are large exhibition spaces that host temporary exhibitions, particularly by local artists.
SECOND FLOOR – THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The second floor houses the permanent exhibition Castrum Artenia, showcasing archaeological artifacts found on St. Martin’s Hill. The exhibition traces the history of the site from Roman times, through the feudal age, to the present day. Artifacts include coins, weapons and tools. Archaeological excavations continue to this day, and the Castle’s exhibition spaces are constantly being renovated.

OUTSIDE THE WALLS

THE ROUTES.

Parking on the hill is next to the entrance, but it is also possible to walk up to the small castle from the town square via a historic staircase. From here, a path through greenery follows the eastern flank of the hill. After admiring Artegna from above, the tour continues through the archaeological remains brought to light by excavations and allows visitors to trace the medieval history of the castle. Also very nice to explore is the geological-naturalistic trail along the southern slope.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS

Along the way we encounter the remains of the western walls, the 4th-5th century cistern, the walls of the summit plateau and the small church of St. Martin, finally reaching the Castle.

WHAT TO SEE NEARBY

St. Martin's Church

In 1005, the small church of St. Martin arose, which, according to legend, was built on the ruins of a Lombard temple. The small church contains a cycle of frescoes dating from 1503, attributed to Gian Paolo Thanner.

A curiosity: the frescoes were brought to light by collapses caused by the earthquake that struck Friuli in 1976.

The castle wine shop

Following the 1976 earthquake, the castle was renovated and redecorated, and exhibition spaces and more were set up inside. In fact, currently the lower floor is reserved as a food court and houses a bar/wine bar, from whose panoramic terrace there is a splendid view of the hill and Artegna. The bar is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and also organizes aperitifs with DJ sets.

Visits and information

VISITS, TIMES AND ENTRANCE TO THE CASTLE
Savorgnan Castle in Artegna is open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and holidays, excluding Christmas Day and Easter. From May 1 to September 30, opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; from October 1 to April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WINE SHOP OPENING HOURS
The wine shop is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 pm to 10 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm and 4:30 pm to 10 pm.
EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
Savorgnan Castle houses the permanent archaeological exhibition on the second floor. The second floor features ever-changing temporary exhibitions by artists, mostly local. Several times a year, workshops and theatrical visits are organized for young children.

Approach and parking

From the historic center of Artegna a paved road climbs to the hill of San Martino, on which the small castle was built. Next to the entrance is a convenient parking lot.

Contact Artegna Castle

Through this section you can contact Artegna Castle directly. Explorer FVG does not handle responses, nor is it responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Savorgnan Castle of Artegna
Via delle Chiese, 15, 33011 Artegna UD

Opening hours:
Open Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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