Close to the Julian Alps in Friuli, about 7 km from Cividale del Friuli and near the border with Slovenia, in the municipality of Prepotto, stands the ancient village of Castelmonte.
Of Roman origin, the entire complex, well structured and surrounded by high walls, maintains its stronghold style unchanged.
In it there is the Sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Castelmonte or, as the Friulians call it, "Madone di Mont" and the Slovenians "Stara gora" (ancient mountain).
There is no abundant and detailed documentation that tells us about this sanctuary; it is rather the numerous pilgrims who go up to it that tell the true story of the sanctuary.
These simple pages, offered to those who visit the site, are full of news for those who want to discover and visit this wonderful place.
- For those arriving on the Palmanova-Tarvisio motorway, A23, exit Udine Sud, follow the direction of Cividale del Friuli, upon reaching the town follow the signs for Castelmonte.
- For those arriving on the Tarvisio-Palmanova motorway, A23, exit Udine Nord, follow the direction of Cividale del Friuli, upon reaching the town follow the signs for Castelmonte.
- For those coming from Gorizia, follow the directions for Cormons, Corno di Rosazzo, Cividale del Friuli, once you reach the locality follow the signs for Castelmonte.
The Sanctuary is reached daily by the SAF bus service, which runs between Udine (9.00 am) - Castelmonte (9.50 am), you can get on at the stops along the way up to Cividale.
To get off, the departure is at 12.10 from the square of the Sanctuary and arrival in Udine at 13.00, also in this case you can get off at the intermediate stops.
The bus does not operate on the following days: January 1st, Easter, May 1st, Christmas and in case of snow or ice.