Where it is located:
Tarcento is a picturesque town in the north-east of Italy, located in the province of Udine, 20 kilometres from Udine itself in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It is on a hillside, which provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. Tarcento’s history dates back to the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, the town was an important commercial and artistic centre, which contributed to the construction of many beautiful buildings and monuments, many of which are still standing today.
Ruins of Coia Castle:
One of the places to visit while in Tarcento is Coia Castle. Traces of the village of Coia, located on the hill above Tarcento, can be found in ancient documents from the Celts and Romans. In the Middle Ages, Tarcento became a fief of an Austrian family who built two castles. The one that survives today, reduced to a small one, is the Coia castle, called by the Friulians „Cjscjelat”, meaning „big castle”. Only a corner of the tower has been preserved. Although the castle has been almost completely demolished, it is definitely a place worth visiting, as there is a viewpoint with a beautiful panorama of the Udine area. In addition, it takes less than 20 minutes to get there from the centre of Tarcento.
For those who like a thrill, the Crosis waterfalls are well worth a visit. These are three beautiful waterfalls located on the Torre river flowing through Tarcento. The highest of them is about 15 metres high. The Crosis waterfalls are part of the Prealpi Giulie Natural Park, which is a protected natural area with beautiful landscapes and rich flora and fauna. It takes 30-40 minutes to reach the waterfalls from Tarcento and the path is not suitable for the elderly or young children.
It is worth noting that the Crosis waterfalls are particularly beautiful in spring and early summer, when the water is plentiful and the noise of the waterfalls is loudest. However, Crosis Falls is worth a visit at any time of the year.