Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Elevation: 252 m a.s.l.
Area: 34,69 km²
Population: 8.206 (as of February 2011)
Time zone: CET, UTC+1
Patron: San Michele Arcangelo e San Daniele Profeta
Patron-Day: August 28
San Daniele del Friuli is located at the top of a hill near the Alpine foothills, in the middle of Friuli, a position from which it dominates the surrounding plain. The city is compact and it is part of the Slow Cities, that is, those cities that commit themselves to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors, giving to the city government the experiences made in the world of food and wine.
San Daniele it is part with the raw ham, local product that has a particular flavour thanks to the climate of that area. The cold air from North and the warm air from the Adriatic Sea meet and mix together along the river Tagliamento, which is a natural conductor. It follows a perfect constant ventilation, with the right humidity: ideal condition for the seasoning of meat.
In addition to raw ham, the city offers also the trout, here called "the queen of San Daniele", raised in a traditional way.
From the historical point of view, it is not clear the birth of the city, nor of his history during the Middle Ages, but we know that San Daniele was the third most important market after Aquileia and Cividale, while in the seventeenth it was one of the centres of Protestant Reformation in Friuli.
In the main square there the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo preceded by steps, the bell tower, unfinished, was started in 1531 on project of Giovanni da Udine. Inside the Cathedral, we find a baptistery of sixteenth century.
Next to the Cathedral is located the ancient Town Hall, which hosts the municipal archive, with documents dating back to the twelfth century and the important Guarneriana Civic Library.
In San Daniele there is also a castle, of which stays only a tower and some remains. The whole area is a park and from it you have an excellent view on the amphitheatre morainic whit its castles, the friulian plain and the Julian Alps.
Not to miss is the traditional festival "Aria di Festa", that takes part in the last weekend of June. Four days, from Friday to Monday, during which you can taste in the streets and squares of San Daniele the ham in perfect conditions, carefully sliced and eaten immediately. This festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the territory.