It's the city I visited most after Trieste. I totally loved her because in Trieste you smell Slovenia but in Gorizia you smell and see and hear and feel Slovenia. It's like you are there but still you know you are still in Italy. It was such a great experience for a person like me considering where I come from or where I live: From Ankara, I don't know how many kilometers you should go to reach a border, in Izmir you have to swim across but in Gorizia, speak/eat/listen/feel whichever you choose: Italian fine, Slovenian, no problem still fine: Oh, these people definitely have two souls, one body and such a great heart...
Further details are on my Gorizia pages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course I'm gonna start with Trieste because ...
... she's the one and only city in Italy where I had "home"
... she has such a unique wind, Bora
... she is like the city where all the winds on earth come together and go in their directions, she is like the meeting place for all the winds
... she hosts Barcolana
... I have unforgetable memories in every corner
... I know it's not the days or the weeks or the years that should be counted, it is the memories you accumulated, the friends you made and the emotions you went through...
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.
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:)
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.
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.
I certainly don't exaggerate if I say that Udine is Friùl and Friùl is Udine. Whenever you think of Friùli, you connect it to this town with around 100,000 inhabitants, maybe because it is the biggest regional town after Trieste, maybe because it is the largest province of the region, maybe because Pordenone was in the province of Udine, too, before getting the status of province.
Udine is a typical Venetian town, as you can realize if you see the Piazza della Libertà with all its Venetian monuments: the Loggia del Lionello, the Porticato di San Giovanni and, of course, Saint Mark's lion. Worth visiting are also the Duomo and the Civici Musei, the museums of archaeology and ancient paintings located in the castle. To learn more about this beautiful town, visit my Udine page.
Trieste, with something more than 200,000 inhabitants, is the capital city of the cultural region Venezia Giulia and of the administrative region Friùli-Venezia Giulia. It is the most multicultural city, due to (or thanks to) its position and history. It was founded by the Romans, then it belonged to the Austrian empire until 1918, when it became Italian; it was administrated by the American troops after WWII and returned to Italia only in 1954.
I cannot list all the monuments one should visit there, thus read my Trieste page.
The cultural and historic region of Friùli is made up of the two provinces of Udine and Pordenone and takes up by far the most of the administrative region Friùli-Venezia Giulia.
The two provinces share many features, in particular:
- they belonged to the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia for many centuries before becoming Italian; you can easily understand that, because their squares have the statue of Saint Mark's lion;
- their population speak Furlân (Friulan), which is not a dialect, but one of the official language of the region. The website of the region has also a section in lenghe furlane. However, the variant of Pordenone tends to the Venetian dialect.
Gorizia has 35,000 inhabitants and is located on the borderline with Slovenija. Actually, its extension was much bigger before WWII, but afterwards a part of the town was given to Jugoslavija and the two parts of the town were divided through the Iron Curtain.
Gorizia belonged to the Austrian Empire until 1918, like Trieste. That is why its architecture can remind you of Wien and Österreich.
The most worth seeing attractions in Gorizia are, in my opinion, the Duomo, the church of Saint Ignatius and the Piazza Transalpina, but the Parco della Rimembranza is also very charming. You can read about them in my Gorizia page.
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