San Daniele del Friuli: what to see and where to eat

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The town of San Daniele del Friuli, set in the Friulian hills, is a romantic village suitable for outdoor relaxation that rises 252 meters above the sea level and 30 kilometers from Udine. It's a perfect destination for a trip out of town on the weekend or for a one-day getaway, to discover its typical food and wine and its artistic and cultural history. San Daniele del Friuli is famous for being the city of San Daniele ham, is lapped by the Tagliamento river and 'guarded' by the Pre-Alps. In the alleys of the town you can linger among shop windows, discover local specialties and, when the sun goes down, indulge in a tasty aperitif.


  1. What to see in San Daniele del Friuli and surroundings
  2. What to see in San Daniele del Friuli in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in San Daniele del Friuli: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening in San Daniele del Friuli
  5. Plan your stay in San Daniele del Friuli: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

What to see in San Daniele del Friuli and surroundings

1 - The Ham factories

In San Daniele del Friuli the ham factories represent a real institution. The manufacturing process is a tradition that has its roots back in time, between the 31th and th centuries BC. In the particular geographical context, an ideal microclimate is created for the production of San Daniele DOP: it is only in the area of ​​San Daniele del Friuli that it is food product with a unique flavor. There are companies belonging to the Consortium of San Daniele Ham: you can take part in visits and tastings to discover these realities.

  • consult the list of producers open for visits to the public
  • visits are made by reservation
  • the price varies according to the chosen tasting

2 - Historic center: Guarneriana Library and San Antonio Abate church

The alleys of the village of San Daniele del Friuli are reserved and rich in history. True jewel of art and culture is the Guarneriana Library, which houses about 120 thousand ancient texts. The Guarneriana Library is the oldest in Friuli and among the first public reading institutions in Italy. In the center there is also the church of San Antonio Abate, known for its frescoes as the "Sistine of Friuli": inside there is a cycle of frescoes from the Renaissance period.

  • the library is in via Roma 1 (Get directions); the church is a few meters away, in via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 28 (Get directions)
  • the Library is open from Tuesday to Saturday approximately from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 18:15; the church can be visited from 8: 30-18: 30 every day.
  • both the library and the church can be visited for free

3 - Ragogna lake

Lake Ragogna is a mirror of water of glacial origin, which can be reached by exiting San Daniele del Friuli and continuing for a few kilometers towards Ragogna. Its shape is elliptical, you can take walks along the pedestrian path about 4 kilometers long but also engage in activities such as bird watching or fishing.

  • it is about 4,6 km from San Daniele, just 8 minutes by car. Just follow the signs for Ragogna and the tourist signs for the lake area (Get directions)
  • always accessible
  • free admission

4 - Castle of Ragogna

The panoramic view from the floor of the Ragogna castle is incredible and unique: the castle stands on the mountain and dominates the Tagliamento river. It is composed of the city walls, the imposing keep and a series of other buildings where there were stables and kitchens. The complex has been restored and is often the site of events. The external parts, including that of the Pieve, are always accessible. Inside the keep there are exhibitions and displays, such as the permanent exhibition of the Tagliamento River.

  • the castle is located in the hamlet of San Pietro a Ragogna, in via Castello, 1 (Get directions)
  • Saturday and Sunday from 14pm to 30pm for interior visits, the rest of the location is accessible all the time
  • free admission

5 - Tagliamento

En plein air excursion enthusiasts can satisfy their desire for nature by doing activities along the Tagliamento river. Not only walking and mountain biking, but also activities on the water with the rafting dinghy. The Tagliamento river is a silent presence, it flows west from the town of Ragogna and San Daniele.

  • most of the excursions and activities depart from Ragogna
  • they vary according to the chosen excursion / activity
  • they vary according to the chosen excursion / activity

What to see in San Daniele del Friuli in one day: recommended itinerary

The village of San Daniele del Friuli can also be the ideal destination for a one-day excursion. There is no shortage of things to do in the center and in the surrounding area.

It starts with a breakfast in the historic center, then go to the ham factories: a guided tour, combined with tastings, will allow you to discover the secrets of San Daniele ham processing and to have the opportunity to touch the craftsmanship of the master ham makers. In the center there are many panoramic points, which 'observe' now the Pre-Alps, now the Tagliamento river which gently laps the town.

In the afternoon we recommend activities in the surrounding areas, you can organize aexcursion to the Castle of Ragogna as well as a visit to the Castle of Rive d'Arcano. In the evening, we will return to the center for an aperitif and a typical dinner.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Al Bersagliere, in via Roma a short distance from the Duomo
  2. Visit to ham factories - consult the list of ham factories open for visits
  3. Guarneriana Library - for visits and timetables consult the website
  4. Lunch at Osteria al Portonat
  5. Ragogna Castle - free admission, Saturday and Sunday from 14.30pm to 18.30pm
  6. Excursion to the Tagliamento
  7. Dinner at the La Trappola wine shop

Where to eat in San Daniele del Friuli: the best restaurants

  1. Il Bersagliere: the absolute protagonist is the regional cuisine, among the traditional dishes the highlight are the tagliolini alla San Daniele. Address: via Roma, 16 / tel. 0432 957142.
  2. Bintars: prosciutteria, a simple and convivial space, where you can discover the combinations offered by rich cutting boards in a retro atmosphere. Address: via Trento Trieste, 63. Tel: 0432 957322.
  3. Tancredi: refined restaurant, which makes the passion for tradition its flagship. Address: via Sabotino, 10. Tel: 0432 941594.
  4. The Osteria: Prosciutteria offering local gastronomic specialties. Address: Via Trento Trieste, 71. Tel: 0432 942091.
  5. At Portonat: also offers gluten-free products and take-away service. It traces the history of the territory with its typical menu. Address: piazza Dante Alighieri, 7. Tel: 0432 940880.

What to do in the evening in San Daniele del Friuli

The evening is the perfect time to enjoy an aperitif: between a glass of wine and a spritz, you can relax in the characteristic restaurants of San Daniele del Friuli. A unique opportunity to discover the flavors of the territory and taste the flavor of San Daniele ham.

Recommended bars and wine shops

  • La Trappola wine shop: a characteristic place for lovers of traditional flavors in a refined and informal environment. Great and service. Address: via Cairoli, 2. Visit the Facebook page
  • La Corte di Bacco wine shop: restaurant in the heart of the center, near the Duomo, with a pergola outside. Selection of local specialties. Address: piazza Vittorio Emanuele 15. Visit the Facebook page

Plan your stay in San Daniele del Friuli: info and useful tips

  • for those arriving by car, take the Udine Nord exit from the A23 and then continue along the SS464 towards Spilimbergo. Once in Fagagna, turn right onto SP5, towards San Daniele del Friuli and Ragogna. For those arriving by train, the reference is the Udine railway station: continue by bus to San Daniele.
  • Getting around: the best way to get around the historic center of San Daniele del Friuli is on foot, so as not to miss the characteristic views and panoramic views. To reach the nearby points of interest the ideal is to go by car (usually short journeys).
  • Where to park: there are dedicated parking spaces for all stages.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Castle of Rive d'Arcano, Fagagna (included among the most beautiful villages in Italy)

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