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Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Adriatic Sea twinkles in a deep blue shade, a golden-yellow Friulano sparkles in the glass, whilst a dramatic mountain range rises up in the distance. With the Julian and Carnic Alps and the peaks of the Friulian Dolomites, Friuli Venezia Giulia is a true paradise for active holidaymakers, but bathing belles will also delight in the rolling, fine sandy beaches, in dreamy lagoons and in picturesque bathing resorts. Paired with lively cities such as Trieste, Udine or Monfalcone, it creates the ideal setting for any style of holiday. The north-east region of Italy borders Venice and the Carinthia region of Austria and Slovenia, meaning it has been moulded by this shared history and geographic location. Friuli Venezia Giulia’s culture and the cuisine, which is counted among the best in the country, artfully combine the many influences of these neighbours with a soul that is truly Italian. Especially renowned products include Prosciutto di San Daniele, Friulano wine and the tiramisu, but the versatile landscape and the slow food support associations ensure that there are yet more specialities to discover, including heritage apple varieties and the Rosa di Gorizia radish. The setting, between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps, has made the area one of the main trade and transhipment points ever since ancient times. The historic heritage is equally rich: Aquileia, one of the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, attracts visitors with its archaeological relics and one of Italy’s most significant early Christian floor mosaics; in Udine, guests can marvel at the Venetian architecture while enjoying an aperitivo in the charming squares; while in Trieste, elegant, Austrian-influenced coffee houses paired with Italian hospitality await them. In this fabulous port city, the combined influence of three countries unites to produce a unique flair, which has been attracting poets and writers since time immemorial. It is no surprise that James Joyce spent several years living in Trieste and that Hemingway discovered his “Italian Florida” in Lignano Sabbiadoro; the scenic and cultural diversity of Friuli Venezia Giulia delights travellers between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea in so many different ways.

Themes and research topics

  • The Sauris language – a unique language enclave in the Carnic Alps, 1200 metres above sea level
  • Separate bathing areas for men and women – why a wall divides the Pedocin city beach in Trieste
  • First business, then pleasure – after the bookbinding workshop, take a stroll through the Venetian arcades for an aperitif in the heart of Udine
  • “Un nero, per favore!” – coffee culture during your first few hours in Trieste 
  • A paradise for connoisseurs – discover the origins of Montasio cheese, San Daniele ham and more on the wine and dine routes
  • European Capital of Culture 2025 – the Italian-Slovenian city duo of Gorizia and Nova Gorica
  • T is for Tiramisu from Tolmezzo – the birthplace of the Italian classic 
  • Colourful patterns – visit the world's only mosaic school in Spilimbergo