San Daniele del Friuli (Prosciutto town)January 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 4 °C
Driving just 20km from Tarcento to San Daniele del Friuli, we felt dwarfed by the craggy Dolomite mountain range that curved around the lowland we were in. The town is famous for producing some of the world's finest prosciutto, thanks to the microclimate of the area. Soon after we arrived at the camper van car park we climbed up the steep streets to the town centre, an enchanting mixture of cobbled streets, archways, small shops, eateries and ornately carved churches that exuded Olde World charm. Being New Years Day, there were groups of motorbikers and the town had a buzz of visitors. We'd arrived after closing time, but shop windows displayed sparkling jewellery, specialist wines, liqueurs and richly wrapped processed foods like apricots in brandy, olives, chocolates and of course prosciutto at the many Prosciutterias that advertised tasting sessions.
Dusk fell with a gorgeous pink glow that backlit the barren Dolomites we could see out of our window.
Before leaving the next morning, we visited the part of town lived in and used by the majority of residents. It certainly was an interesting change, with functional concrete flats, tarmacced roads and everyday shops. We decided to get some prosciutto from a shop that sold it alongside some delicious looking cheeses and other bits and bobs. Although the historic centre was beautiful to look at, we want to experience the reality of everyday Italy too!Read more