Palazzo Toppo Wassermann – Udine
The Toppo Wassermann Palace is the seat of the University of Udine High School which welcomes students of high cultural and scientific profile every year, alongside their normal didactic activities with interdisciplinary training courses, seminars and learning foreign languages.
The Toppo Wassermann Palace is made up of two buildings , the first one, wanted by the Polcenigo family in the early 1700s which the Garzolini family took over and the second built at the beginning of the twentieth century as the seat of the male boarding house in Toppo Wassermann with a project by the Architect Provino Valle from Udine.
Udine in brief
Udine is a beautiful town in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in the North-East part of Italy, located in the very heart of Europe.
It has a student-friendly atmosphere and it is within easy reach of many important places in Italy (Venice is only 140 kilometers away), in Europe and beyond.
Udine is a town filled with squares of Venetian charm and ancient buildings: from Piazza Libertà, defined as “the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland”, to Piazza Matteotti (or Herbal Square) which seems to be an open-air lounge, for it is all surrounded by porticos; here you can observe the slideshow of an-cient and colorful historical buildings which convey the true spirit of Udine.
On the town’s hill, the city’s castle stands: from there, you can see the whole city, the mountains all around it, to the Adriatic Sea, in the South, less than an hour’s drive away.
In the eighteenth century, Udine was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo who reached his prime right here. Today, his works of art can be admired in the Gallerie del Tiepolo (Patriarchal Palace), in the Duomo (Cathedral), and in the Chiesa della Purità (Church of Purity). Udine is an open-to-innovation city and connects its own image to authentic taverns where one of the most-loved rituals, namely the tasting of a goblet of wine (tajut), is celebrated in a very human and cordial atmosphere.
The series of old, brightly colored, portico-lined piazzas, between Piazza Libertà and Piazza Matteotti, resemble an open-air sitting room, and they convey the very essence of this city.
• Udine has a population of almost 100.000 people
• The town and its nearby area have a Slovenian population of approximately 2000 people
• The University of Udine was founded in 1978 by the Friulian people’s will as part of the reconstruction plan of the region after the terrible earthquake of 1976.