Friuli-Venezia Giulia Things to Do

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia Things to Do

  • MIRAMARE Castle

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    Trieste Things to Do

    The eclectic Castle Miramare was built between 1856 and 1860 by the architect Carl Junker as the luxurious residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. The castle is surrounded by a 22 hectar large park, which is home to numerous exotic trees and plants as well as a small castle, where Charlotte lived...

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  • Piazza Unità d'Italia

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    Trieste Things to Do

    This very large square (more than 12000 sq. meters), was built when Trieste was the main harbour of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, and changed name several times, as triste was moving from the empire to Italy, later to the free Trieste and finally back to Italy, when it received the actual name - Unità de Itália square. It is surrounded by several...

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  • SAN GIUSTO Castle & Cathedral

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    Trieste Things to Do

    In the fifth century this church was a basilica which was built in place of a Roman temple. It was probably destroyed in the IX century. Between the IX and the X century two churches were built on the site of this basilica. These were joined to form this cathedral in the XIV century.

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  • Serbian orthodox church

    Trieste Things to Do

    The Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon was built in Neo-Byzantine style after designs of the Italian archictect Carlo Maciacchini. The church with its five cupolas was completed in 1866 on the site of an even earlier religious bulding. Due to Trieste's location in the neighbourhood to the border of the ex-Jugoslavian countries, the town is...

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  • The old Roman Theater

    Trieste Things to Do

    Italy has such a wealth of treasures from antiquity. I am so glad that many of them are freely open to the public unlike in other countries I could name that screen them off, put in a crappy 'interpretation centre' and charge you a small mortgage to look around. The first century Roman theatre is a fine example of it's type, and you can simply...

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  • Saint Anthon and the Canal Grande

    Trieste Things to Do

    The Church of San Antonio Nuovo is situated at the Northern end of the Canal Grande. This amazing church, with water and fountain in front of it was designed byPietro Noble. The interior is worth to visit as well.

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  • Museums in Trieste

    Trieste Things to Do

    Museo Revoltella is a modern art museum. The original palace was built between 1854 and 1858 and has three floors. It was owned by Pasquale Revoltella (1795 – 1869) who was an entrepeneur and financier. On the ground floor there is the library. The first floor houses the private apartment of the baron. The second floor was used for parties and...

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  • The aquarium

    Trieste Things to Do

    if you google 'trieste aquarium' then the second named site claims that you would expect to find an aquarium in a city such as this and it 'does not disappoint'. Yes it does. The building itself is right on the seafront and has the appearance of a church. Despite a recent refurbishment the downstairs area has a motley collection of very bored...

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  • Stock Exchange Square

    Trieste Things to Do

    The Old Stock Exchange Palace (Borsa Vecchia) is one of most impressive neo-classical structures in Trieste. It was built in 1806 by the Italian architect Antonio Mollari. The facade is dominated by four massive columns which hold a triangle roof with a clock. Nowadays, the building is home to the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicraft and...

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  • VICTORY Lighthouse

    Trieste Things to Do

    The Faro della Vittoria accomplishes two functions: it enlightens the Trieste gulf and commemorates the seamen fallen during WWI, with this inscription: SPLENDI E RICORDA I CADUTI SUL MARE MCMXV - MCMXVIII (i.e. "Shine and remind people of the fallen in the sea 1915-1918"). The copper statue on the top of the lighthouse dome represents the Victory....

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  • Karst all around

    Trieste Things to Do

    From downtown Trieste you can take the funicolar tramway (buy 1 hour transport ticket, 1 euro) and in 20 minutes reach the highland (400 mts. above sea level) with terrific panorama and a scenic route. From the tramway station above in Villa Opicina ( with the same transport ticket) you take the bus 42 (10 minutes) to the Giant Grotto, in the...

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  • San Daniele del Friuli

    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...

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  • Grado

    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...

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  • Muggia

    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...

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  • Lignano Pinetta

    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...

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  • Lignano Sabbiadoro

    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...

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  • Things to do around Aviano

    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...

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  • SPILIMBERGO

    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...

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  • MUGGIA

    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....

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  • GEMONA DEL FRIULI

    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...

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  • CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI

    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,...

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  • LIGNANO

    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,...

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  • AQUILEIA

    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...

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  • GRADO

    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...

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  • SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI

    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...

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  • UDINE

    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...

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  • GORIZIA

    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...

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  • TRIESTE

    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...

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  • Venezia Giulia - overview

    The cultural and historic region Venezia Giulia is made up by the provinces of Trieste and Gorizia takes up only a little part of the administrative region.The common features of these provinces are:- the Venetian-Triestine dialect that almost everyone speaks. Many people still learn it as mother language, which proves to be a problem when they...

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  • Venezia Giulia - Trieste

    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...

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  • Taking a bath in the river Tagliamento

    Maybe it sounds strange to you, but the Friulian people really take a bath in the river Tagliamento.The Tagliamento starts high up in the mountains, at il passo della Mauria at 1195 m sealevel and flows into the Adriatic Sea.

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  • Venezia Giulia - Gorizia

    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...

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  • Friùli (Friùl) - Udine

    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,...

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  • NONINO - GRAPA PLEASURE FOR EYE N THROAT

    Thirty years ago Benito and Giannola Nonino revolutionized the way of producing and presenting Grappa in Italy and around the world. It was thebirth of single varietal Grappa, Monovitigno® Nonino, in which the pomaceof Picolit grapes is distilled separately. Their success was so great that mostItalian and foreign producers felt compelled to follow...

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  • Trek

    There are many routes you can take, starting from Erto or from other villages. We did a 4-hour walk above Erto. To arrive to the starting point we took the car, be careful because the road is very narrow and without any safety protection, on the right there is a deep burrow, so try not to look!Walking up there can be considered, but it is quite a...

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  • Visit the site of the Vajont dam

    on the 9th of October 1963, a landslide fell into Europe's largest dam and caused the death of thousands of people living in the villages nearby, which were completely submerged by a giant wave. The remains of that man-made tragedy are still there. It is impressive.

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  • Friùli (Friùl) - overview

    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...

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  • Gondole

    I am so sorry I did not get the opportunity to go on a gondole trip. So I recommand everybody else to do it, I have to go back sometime just because of this! It is a beautiful city, and you get to see a lot from a gondole ( I have heard :-( )

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