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    San Daniele del Friuli

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 26, 2011

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    This is one of my favorites in Friuli!

    San Daniele del Friuli is placed on the top of a hill which gives some great views towards the mountains. As you can see on my pictures there are some beatutiful scenery surrounding this town.

    San Daniele has everything. It has great authentic food and are specialized in ham. It has small cobblestone streets and beautifull churches.

    If you want to not only smell but also taste Italy you need to go to this town!

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    Grado

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 25, 2011

    Grado is one of the more touristic cities in Friuli but without it being too much.
    It is a more quiet city than Lignano and I would primarily recommend this to older couples.
    It has a well-preserved pedestrian center where you'll find of restaurants, some of them are great and some of them aren't!
    The beach is much better than in Lignano but you still have to pay to use it.

    Grado was formed when Aquileia was attacked in year 452 and people fled to Grado.

    Grado is the center of a lagoon and you'll have to drive over a dam to get there.

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    Muggia

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 25, 2011

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    This was one of our highlights on our vacation in Friuli - thanks for a great tip, Pinat!

    Muggia is a working fishing village just outside Trieste. We had actully decided to skip this town but decided that since it was only 5 km from Trieste that we would give it a try.

    We didn't regret it at all! This little town was one of the most authentic I've seen.

    Muggia was build as a fortified village around 8th-7th century BC. The castle of Muggia was destroyed in 1353 but its ruins can still be spotted. It is still a working fishing port and we were lucky to find a good restaurant where they had the best fish that we've ever eaten.
    Don't miss this beautifull little town with its small streets that reminds you of Venice.

    In feb there is a carnaval.
    In July/Aug there is a Jazz festival

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    Lignano Pinetta

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 25, 2011

    This part of Lignano is more quiet than Lignano Sabbiadoro. It has a lot of shops, restaurants and cafées. The beach looks exactly like the one i Sabbiadoro and is not impressive at all.

    In Lignano Sabbiadoro the hotels seems to be i larger complexes where they in Lignano Pinetta primarily has smaller appartments. This is a perfect place to spend one or two weeks with your children.

    There is a lot of things to see in Friuli but normally you would have to drive a hour before reaching those places.

    Lignano Pinetta also has the Aquasplash and a market once in a while.

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    Lignano Sabbiadoro

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 25, 2011

    Lignano Sabbiadoro is the most touristed city in Friuli. It has so many hotels and restaurants and a long beach which gives you a lot of options if you want to go there.

    It has a long pedestrian which makes up the center og the city.

    I most say that I didn't find this city very charming. It didn't seem that it had really great food - ofcourse it was italian food but it was made in a very touristy way.

    The beach was really expensive and not really good.

    My advise would be that you should only go here if you are a family who are looking for a place to relax for some weeks. Remember to get a hotel with a pool!

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  • Things to do around Aviano

    by rjerden Written Jan 23, 2011

    I was stationed there from 1964-1967, met my wife there, and we currently have a small vacation home there in a nearby village called Sacile. It was the best time of my life at Aviano, but only because I had an open mind, learned the language fluently and befriended the locals. The GI's who complained the most were the ones who almost never left the base, looked down on the Italians and hung around drinking at the NCO club with the other losers. You will be in one of the best locations for traveling in Europe. You're right under the pre-alps and Monte Cavallo, 30 minutes to Piancavallo or Pian Cansiglio, a beautiful alpine valley. Two hours to Cortina (take a cable car to the top of one of the mountians). You're about an hour to Lignano Sabbiadoro, a great beach town on the Adriatic with lots of action (as well as other beach towns nearby). Head over to Nova Gorizia (about 90 minutes) in Solvenia for some gambling and debauchery. The wines, cheeses and food in this area is some of the best in Italy. The gelato is the best in Italy, IMHO. Head to Venice for the best seafood in the world. The cuttlefish ink spaghetti (spaghetti al nero di seppia) is to die for. There are some Chinese and Mexican restaurants in the local area, but they are not so great. You can have some fun and eat well at several places in town. Pogue Mahone is a great Irish pub and BeFed is a fun place to get some Argentinan grilled chicken and micro-brew. (free peanuts, too!) The base has a great ski club and pretty good golf course (there's a couple of country clubs around the area, too). This is great country for biking, as well. In the end, it's what you make of it, however. Have fun. You'll only be young once. Cheers!

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    SPILIMBERGO

    by Pinat Updated Jul 29, 2009

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    It is one of the most amazingly intact medieval towns of Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It is one of my favourites as it is hidden and less exploited. Except for two hotel tips, not a single tip was written on VT.

    Here is your introduction to Spilimbergo to be followed by a seperate page soon: First you will pass through a gate, which originally cut across a triple layer of fortified walls. Then, the best part comes: a 16th-century castle and an elegant 14th-century village. Many of the houses have frescoed or sculpted façades, and the Gothic cathedral has a lovely Romanesque portal. Don't dare to miss Spilimbergo if you are driving around in Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

    Check the one and only Spilimbergo page in VT:)

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    MUGGIA

    by Pinat Written Jul 27, 2009

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    Muggia is a small fishing village with a 14th century castle. It is 5km from Trieste center and only 4km from Slovenian border. What I would recommend in this scenic town is a walk among the boats and the wharfs to be followed by an aperitif by the waterfront.

    What must be stressed out for Muggia is that she is certainly not a sleepy, quiet town. Every February there is a carnaval, which is a great one. In the main square, you can see many people in funny costumes and you can also watch the shows organized by historic companies.

    Between July and August, there is another great festival in Muggia during which the winter costumes return to the piazza and the concerts of traditional and contemporary music take place. There is also a boat race, a parade of old and by now unobtainable boats, food stands and games for young and old. The roads and squares all liven up towards nighttime, but even during the day.

    Because of these festivities in town, Muggia is said to be second only to the carnivals in Viareggio and Venice.

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    GEMONA DEL FRIULI

    by Pinat Written Jul 27, 2009

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    Gemona is another town that pleases me as I go on writing my Friuli Venezia Giulia tips as it's another undiscovered place in VT:)

    Gemona is a little Friulan town that was heavily damaged in 1976 earthquake. It is quite visible through the ruined castle. The town is laying on a gently sloping plain at the very base of the Julian foothills! The historic center is shiny, and it's worth a visit to the 16th-century town hall and the 13th-century Gothic cathedral.

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    CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI

    by Pinat Written Jul 27, 2009

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    Cividale is a less-known gem in the eastern foothills of Friuli. It is an absolutely delightful place to stroll around in and it is one of the best places in all Italy to see evidence of the Lombards who ruled here from 568 to 737 AD. In the center of town, near the 14th-century "Devils' Bridge," there is a 15th-century Venetian cathedral. Plus, you should also try to find some time to visit the Christian Museum, if only to see the Altar of Ratchis and the Baptistery of Callisto.

    The one thing you must do before leaving Cividale is following the signs to the Tempietto Lombardo (also known as the Oratorio di Santa Maria in Valle). This masterpiece has beautiful frescoes, columns, and mosaics.

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    LIGNANO

    by Pinat Written Jul 21, 2009

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    Beautiful Lignano and its lovely beaches... Our weekend getaway from Trieste and the fun we had at Aquasplash...

    I believe Lignano is one of the most beautiful resorts on the Adriatic Sea coast of Italy. It is quite popular in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region for its long, golden sand, long beaches. There are many hotels, villas, camping site, bungalows in the pine forests surrounding the resort. There is also a variety of amusement and water parks (Aquasplash), discotheques, restaurants and pubs.

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    AQUILEIA

    by Pinat Written Jul 20, 2009

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    Aquileia is generally considered as a rather unimportant town in Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It's partly true as the population today is around 3.000. However, it used to be an important Roman city at the time with a population of more than 200.000 people. This is why the city today holds the UNESCO World Heritage status. It is very easy to take a day trip to Aquileia if you are in Grado or Trieste or Udine or Venice.

    There are a good number of things to see (especially if you are into history): outdoor sites, few museums, the basilica in Piazza Capitolo and its mosaics and Chiesa di Sant'Antonio.

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    GRADO

    by Pinat Written Jul 20, 2009

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    Grado is a working fishing port with a lovely historic town center located on a lagoon island along Italy's north-east Adriatic coast. It is also a major tourist resort with long sandy beaches. I guess it is a quite popular destination but for only Italians and Austrians. It is also a famous spa place in the region so you can see quite a lot of old people in the center.

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    SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI

    by Pinat Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    San Daniele del Friuli is a pretty town situated in a picturesque landscape that stretches across pleasant hills, rivers and lakes from the Alps to the sea. It is one of the most popular destinations in the region because of its world-famous ham, which is still produced with old traditional methods. However, San Daniele is not all about ham but also about the castle, the noble mansions and the Guerneriana Library.

    Another thing to thing to keep in mind is the proschiutto festival that takes place in August every year.

    Further details are on my San Daniele del Friuli pages.

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    UDINE

    by Pinat Written Jul 14, 2009

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    I was there for the first time in September 2004. It was a very warm day and I still remember the taste of pizza we ate in the middle of Piazza Liberta. Later on, I was there several times. I even went to a footbal match and supported Udinese against Sam Doria:)

    The city of Udine has a different soul. When you walk around Piazza Liberta, it makes you wonder, it affects you in a way that you wanna discover more. It's a city worth visiting to find the back streets, hidden churches, palaces and squares.

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