Just over 20km northwest of Udine, the picturesque town of SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI produces some of the world’s finest prosciutto (wprosciuttosandaniele.it) thanks to the local microclimate that assists with the ham’s ageing process. You can visit one of the town’s many prosciuttifici for a tour round the processing plant and to sample some ham (Wconsorzio.prosciuttosandaniele.it lists all the town’s producers), or enjoy delicious cold cuts at one of the many prosciutterie in town; the Osteria Ai Bintars, at Via Trento Trieste 67 (Waibintars.com), is one of the best. The four-day culinary festival Aria di Festa (last weekend of June; wariadifesta.it) celebrates the highly prized prosciutto as well as other regional sweet and savoury products. Prosciutto aside, the deconsecrated Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate, Via Garibaldi 12/A, is home to a stunning cycle of Renaissance frescoes, considered to be the most beautiful of the region.

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