There’s a land narrating about sieges, battles, ancient traditions and aristocracy, located along the river Tagliamento: it’s Valvasone, listed among the Borghi più Belli d’Italia (the most Beautiful Villages in Italy) in Friuli Venezia Giulia. A noble family coming from Carinthia ruled here in the 13th century: as a matter of fact, the name Valvasone comes from the German word “Wolfes”+ “Höfe” (meaning “The Wolf’s Hut”). But soon, Venice took over power in 1419-1420, defeating local rulers. Have a stroll with us through the village and take a step back in time!
The most effective time-machine in the village is the Castle, that today resembles more a palace than a defensive building. Just imagine it was provided with towers and ramparts, ready to defend the Land of the Wolf. The wide entrance path was actually an impressive tower, with a lift bridge, a moat and a brooklet. Visiting the castle, do not miss the 14th and 15th century fresques: the tree of life, vividly depicting the human existence’s cycle, will amaze you for the effectiveness of the scenes, while the fierce Wolf of Valvasone will appear in an allegoric and entertaining scene. Here, a donkey comfortably sitting on a throne and covered in a red cape tries to teach the alphabet to the Wolf, that fiercely refuses to learn with a annoyed mimic. May this be a reference to the Patriarch of Aquileia, that aimed at imposing his power over local rulers?