According to a legend, the soldiers of Attila, the ruler of the Huns, built up the hill above today`s Udine with the help of the helmets in which they carried the soil. Attila needed a hill to see his demolishing act in the south in Aquileia. According to geologists, the hill is much older. Nevertheless, the castle hill offers magnificent views over the Julian and Carnic Alps, the city and its surroundings.
The Castle which was once the seat of the Patriarchs of Aquileia and the Venetian Lieutenant of Patria del Friuli now houses several city museums (the Museum of Resurgence, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Photography) and the Ancient Art Gallery with valuable works of art from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The castle can be reached from the squares Piazza I° Maggio or from Piazza della Libertà. In the latter case, the Lippomano portico, the Venetian Gothic-style structure which was built in 1487 and commissioned by Venetian lieutenant Tommaso Lippomano, will accompany you to the top of the castle hill.