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Tarcento is 230 m a.s.l., 20 km north of Udine. The town is placed in a landscaped area by the different and contrasting characteristics: to the north the Julian Prealps and the imposing limestone bastions that lock the horizon; to the south the plains of High Friuli; the eastern hills; to the west the morainic amphitheater of the Tagliamento and the hilly system originated after the last glaciation.

The earliest written records reporting the name of Tarcento date back to the XII century, but the city has more ancient origin: in fact, the researchers discussing about Paleolithic peoples among whom have followed prehistoric settlements, then Celtic, and then the Romans. To find the first mention of the name we have to wait until 1126, when Tarcento became a feud of Machland from Perg (Austria). In 1219 the Machland were replaced by Caporiacco. In 1281 the Patriarch Raimondo della Torre gave the feud to the noble Artico from Castel Porpetto. Tarcento remained that way under the jurisdiction of Castel Porpetto until the coming of Napoleon (1797). In 1866 the town was added to the Reign of Italy, becoming a district town.

In 1976 it was devastated by the earthquake in May 6th and September 15th, which caused numerous collapses and enormous damage. It was completely rebuilt after the earthquake with seismic criteria.

Visitors can walk through its streets with Art Nouveau villas, in an atmosphere that recalls the Belle Epoque, and enjoy the enchanting landscapes along the promenade of the Torre River.

On Mount Bernadia, you can make excursions and discover a fort built before World War II, but never used for military purposes. Now, periodically, it is used as an exhibition center.

The charming caves of Villanova are not far away. You can visit them from March to September in a landscape formed by stalactites and stalagmites.    

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