Situated in the North-East corner of Italy the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia overlooks the Adriatic Sea and has borders with Slovenia and Austria. The majestic Dolomites offer a wonderful backdrop to the lakes and valleys below.
Friuli–Venezia Giulia is one of the twenty regions of Italy.The capital is Trieste. It encompasses the historical region of Friuli and region of Venezia Giulia, each with its own distinct history, traditions and identity. From the golden beaches of Lignano and Grado, with their shallow and sandy seabeds, to the rocky inlets of the Duino nature reserve, where vertical cliffs drop sheer into the waves. Relaxation, safety and fun, but also the charm of new experiences, carried out in natural surroundings, days full of activities. The summer in Friuli Venezia Giulia dances to the exciting beat of the glamorous Lignano Sabbiadoro; or relaxes in the silence and serenity of Grado’s lagoon and sandbanks; or follows the natural rhythm of the fishermen in Marano Lagunare. The 130 km of curved coastline washed by the Adriatic Sea, provide visitors with a wide range of seaside resorts.
The Sea. From the golden beaches of Lignano and Grado, with their shallow and sandy seabeds, to the rocky inlets of the Duino nature reserve, where vertical cliffs drop sheer into the waves. Relaxation, safety and fun, but also the charm of new experiences, carried out in natural surroundings, days full of activities. The sea in Friuli Venezia Giulia contains many offers in one. It is an ideal family tourist destination with certified facilities and a welcome programme which has been specially created to meet the needs of children and parents; at the same time, the summer in Friuli Venezia Giulia dances to the exciting beat of the glamorous Lignano Sabbiadoro; or relaxes in the silence and serenity of Grado’s lagoon and sandbanks; or follows the natural rhythm of the fishermen in Marano Lagunare.
Winter in the mountains. Would you like to combine skiing with the thrill of battling against the wind on a sled pulled by a team of dogs? The mushing schools in Tarvisio and Sella Nevea will welcome you with open arms.Do you dream of making an entrance on the dazzling slopes where the great ski champions exhibit their abilities? Then Ravascletto-Zoncolan is right up your street. Would you like to plunge into a world overflowing with snow activities especially designed for young people? If you choose Piancavallo you’ll be glad you came. Or would you prefer a sleigh ride? Sauris is your ideal location, even to take your first steps on the snow and experience the Albergo Diffuso hotel. Would you like to see the Dolomites? Forni di Sopra is waiting to greet you with the wonderful views of the ski slopes.
Cities of Art. Elegant and discreet, proud of their own beauty and never exhibitionist, the cities of Friuli Venezia Giulia have travelled the world, listening to foreign languages and meeting distant cultures and religions. To see this, you just need to stand in Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia and look at the Audace Pier in Trieste, where the first Italian ship docked on November 3 rd 1918, symbolising the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy, although the city had to wait until 1954 to become Italian; or you might choose to walk in the colourful square outside the Transalpine Railway Station in Gorizia, with one foot in Italy and the other in Slovenia. For centuries Celts, Romans, Huns, Lombards, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians passed through these places, all leaving an indelible mark that mingled with local traditions.
Food and Wine. From boreto a la graisana to frico friulano, by way of cjarsòns carnici. Three great culinary trends – Central European, Venetian and Slav – merge in a cuisine that is “Made in Friuli Venezia Giulia”, the typical regional flavours appear in a variety of recipes, fruit of the incredible variety of landscapes, environments and climactic conditions, unique in the quality of local products. The cuisine of Trieste and Gorizia is an encounter of Hapsburg and Slavic traditions, Carnia recipes are prepared using herbs, fruits and mushrooms, and in Friuli you can enjoy genuine and tasty meals. And don’t forget fish and seafood, which is so abundant in this area.
Discover the Countryside. This is the place to go to for those who are curious, for those who are particularly dynamic, for anyone who wants to pack a multitude of experiences into a single holiday, in a region that is accessible from north to south and east to west in less than two hours driving. The abundance of different landscapes and microclimates captured between the mountains and the sea is complemented by a full programme of events and endless opportunities to satisfy your taste for exploration.
Summer in the mountains. 16,000 hectares of lagoons, 3 parks and 13 natural parks in an unspoilt natural world The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region will show you what it’s really like to be in protected, unpolluted surroundings. There’s not just one, but many places where time seems to have stood still: parks, lagoons, nature reserves, mountains where silence reigns. If you long to be totally immersed in nature, then Friuli Venezia Giulia is the ideal place for you.
Living History. Put yourself in the shoes of a legionary on watch among the pillars of the Roman forum, brandish a double-edged sword left behind on the battlefield by the Lombards, and discover traces of the “Iron Curtain” of the Cold War. Walk along paths trodden by a young German officer called Rommel, crawl among the trenches that inspired the poet Giuseppe Ungaretti and search for the dungeons of a fortress in the midst of powder magazines, gun batteries and tunnels. The past is truly in the air in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region covered by battlefields and places where history was made, deep in the heart of Europe and open towards the Adriatic Sea.
Golf. Seven courses nestling in the midst of beautiful scenery, surrounded by ever-changing but still totally unspoilt nature in a climate that is gentle in every season. From the water-rimmed greens in Grado and Lignano, to the mountain forests in Tarvisio, from the gentle slopes of the hill district to the vineyards and castles around Gorizia. No matter which course you choose, golf in Friuli Venezia Giulia has the extraordinary taste of exploration and challenge. In a region where mountains, sea and hills cluster together in just over 100 km, 7 golf courses with 18 holes are evenly distributed across the whole area enabling you to immerse yourself in a variety of incredibly beautiful natural settings.
Spas and Wellbeing. By choosing Friuli Venezia Giulia you have the chance to lose yourself in a wellness and body care oasis. By combining century-old thermal traditions and herbal skills with a vast range of innovative techniques, the region’s three spa centres promise to transform your holiday into a relaxing and rejuvenating experience like you never experienced before. The ancient Romans were the first to discover the healing effects of the mineral waters that supply the Spa of Arta Terme (Udine) from the Pudia springs.
Marinas and Nautical events. From the mouth of the Tagliamento River to the marina of Porto San Rocco in Muggia, through long sandy beaches and the splendid Grado and Lignano lagoons, all the way to the Gulf of Trieste which has one of the most intriguing rocky shorelines in the Adriatic, Friuli Venezia Giulia stretches for 130 km of coastline. If, on the other hand, you prefer the open sea, the region’s 23 marinas and over 25 docks offer you a total number of berths which is among the highest in the Mediterranean, making this the ideal starting point for any kind of boat trip. The regional facilities offer many high quality services, equipped moorings for mega yachts too and all kinds of land entertainment and comforts.
Situated in the north-east of Italy, it’s cuisine is strongly influenced by Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. The region is well known for it’s San Daniele del Friuli ham which is considered to be the best in the world. In the Tagliamento River valley common crops are beans, corn, cereal crops, root vegetables, grapes and beans which feature in many of the Friulian dishes such as the Jota, a bean soup from Trieste. The forests in the mountains provide many different varieties of mushrooms and the sea brings fish in abundance.
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