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Trieste & Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli - Venezia Giulia is not on many tourist itineraries. It's a small region located in the most north-eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. With a fascinating "Mitteleuropa" atmosphere, attracts  many curious travellers.

 

Trieste

“Tergeste,” as Trieste was called by the Romans, is a mysterious, puzzling small city, echoing with its historic significance. It has to be discovered on foot: the calm atmosphere recalls us of East Europe when it was the former sea-port of the Habsburg Empire. Meeting point for culture and trade Trieste is officially quadrilingual as Italian is spoken along with the local dialect 'Triestine', Slovene, Ladin and German. Just outside Trieste, along the Adriatic coast are two impressive castles by the sea: the Castello di Duino and the Castello Miramare, a fancy white fairytale vision with well-manicured Italian gardens, that floats just above the waves on a promontory. In Trieste is also organized the "Barcolana", the famous regatta competition.

Udine

The Venetian-influenced city was founded about one thousand years ago.The town of Udine is off the beaten path place of Italy. The elegant city centre is rich with ancient buildings embracing its combined Italian, Austrian and Slavic heritage, good restaurants, coffeehouse, churches, museums and many beautiful works of art by Tiepolo in the Archbishop's Palace. The major attraction of Udine is the castle, situated on a hill, which is a good admiring point of the region. The legend says that Attila the Hun built it there to watch the neighbouring Roman city of Aquileia as it burnt. Udine is also a perfect point to see how the local grappa is made, because of the several distilleries in the area.

Aquileia

Aquileia is a very important archaeological destination, said to be the second largest of the empire, as in the past centuries it was a powerful Roman city and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Basilica cannot be missed by mosaic lovers as it houses the largest and oldest Christian mosaic floors still in existence - dating from the 4th century. Frescoes in the church's crypt tell us about the legend of St. Mark preaching here at the request of St. Peter.

Gorizia

Located on the border with Slovenia, was divided by a wall until 1994. The city sights include a medieval castle, cathedral, and a 17th century church.

San Daniele del Friuli

The town is known for it's special cured ham as well as its attractive historical city centre. It is  also a città slow, or slow city, because of its life quality. In August there is the "Prosciutto di San Daniele Festival".

Palmanova

It’s a small city near Udine, with a particular architectural feature: the 16th century walls, which are still exisiting form a 9-pointed star pattern The geometrically perfect layout of Palmanova allow the use of the term “star-shaped city".

Lignano and Grado

There are a couple of popular beach resorts: Lignano, also known as Lignano Sabbiadoro and the peninsula of Grado, which lies between a lagoon and the sea. An excursion to the Lagoon of Grado and Marano is very interesting: the place is populated with royal seagulls, sea swallows, white herons and cormorants.