Friuli-Venezia Giulia is most north-eastern region of Italy with about 1.2 million inhabitants. The capital of the area is Trieste.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is one of five autonomous regions of Italy with special statute. Although a part of federal Italy these regions operate more or less independently of Italian state control, being responsible in a large part for their own administration, legislation and finances.
With beautiful Adriatic beaches, stunning mountain views and vineyards Friuli-Venezia Giulia region shares borders with Austria in the north and Slovenia in the east. It derives the name from several provinces with its own distinct history, traditions and identity. Infused with Austrian and Slovenian influences there are historical differences that make this region unique.
One of the most interesting places of the region is the ancient town of Aquileia which is one of the most important towns of the Roman Empire. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site the city is rich in vestiges from the forum to the ruins of the river port and the basilica which is one of the most important examples of early Christian art.
While visiting the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region you shouldn’t miss Dolomites. Also declared as UNESCO World Heritage List, this is a highly valuable natural monument which offers extremely stunning sceneries and colors with crystal-clear water stretches, snow-covered peaks and lush valleys.
Like every Italian region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia also boasts its cuisine and wine. The cooking traditions of the area are influenced by the Slavic, central European and Venetian cultures. The cuisine relies on simple recipes and genuine ingredients. The most typical product of the region is Prosciutto of San Daniele which is famous worldwide. The most famous regional dessert is called ‘gubana’ which is a shell of pastry stuffed with dried fruit.
Location: North-eastern Italy
Capital of the region: Trieste
Sights: Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia, Basilica di Aquileia, Miramare Castle
Cuisine: You should try: Jota, Brovada, Polenta concia, Boreto a la graisana, Prosciutto of San Daniele, gubana
Nearby hotels: Croce di Malta, Hotel Franz, Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace
Shopping: Visit the annual flower market which is held each year on 15th August in Parco Communale. In the same town, there is a large handicrafts and antique market which takes place each year in November and December and is known to be one of the largest in the region.