The beautiful art cities surrounding Bibione and Lignano offer many interesting museums which illustrate the history, culture and traditions of the area.
Aquileia: Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta and its Museum
With its precious mosaics and its bell tower dating back to the year 1000, the patriarchal basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is an important testimony of ancient history, and its museum displays all the findings and furnishings dug out during the excavations.
Concordia Saggitaria and Portogruaro: Museo Nazionale Concordiese
Momentous areas for the ancient history of the territory, these two small Venetian cities share the Museo Nazionale Concordiese, whose seat is in Portogruaro, but which keeps the ancients findings found in the ancient Roman colony called Iulia Concordia.
Passariano di Codroipo: Villa Manin
House of the last Venetian Doge, Ludovico Manin, the Venetian villa in Passariano di Codroipo is still a place worth visiting. Aside from a standing exhibition which includes the bedroom of Napoleon, who lived here for a couple of months, the building also hosts several international art exhibitions.
Sesto al Reghena: Abbazia di Santa Maria in Sylvis
The Abbazia Benedettina (Benedictine Abbey) of Santa Maria in Sylvis displays interesting medieval frescos dating back to the 14th Century. It is also possible to visit the crypt containing the urn of Santa Anastasia, an excellent example of Lombard art from the 8th Century.
Cividale del Friuli: Ipogeo Celtico and Tempietto Longobardo
The ancient Forum Iulii, which gave the name to the Friuli region, displays artistic and architectural testimonies of the past. The so-called Ipogeo Celtico, an underground dungeon surrounded by an atmosphere of mystery, still has its unique charm. The Tempietto Longobardo (Lombard Temple) is one of the most important and better preserved examples of Lombard architecture.
Treviso: Casa dei Carraresi
Definitely worth a visit is Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso, a fascinating medieval building which now hosts conventions, seminars and international art exhibitions.
Palmanova: Museo Storico Militare
The nine-pointed star city is home to this interesting museum, whose objects are reminiscent of the history of the fortress, a real gem in military architecture, from its foundation in 1953 to the contemporary period.
Venezia: Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica di San Marco
Venice is not just about charm, but it is also a place where to find plenty of well-known museum, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Palazzo Vernier dei Leoni, which hosts some of the most important European and American works of art from the first half of the 20th Century. Not to be forgotten is the San Marco Basilica, the city’s cathedral, which combines both Western and Eastern architectural styles, and its bell tower, one of the most well-known symbols of Italy.