Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
In 1986 the Trieste authorities decided to enhance the image of the local wine by developing a wine route comprising 18 restaurants serving the 'Terrano del Carso' and typical local dishes.
The 'Strada del Vino Terrano' was proposed and now links Visogliano in the west to Opicina in the East part of the comune di Duino Aurisina.
'Flavours of Middle Europe' is our translation of the name of an event which takes place at the end of September every year in Gorizia. To give it its full title, the 'Gusti di frontiera'. Le frontiere del gusto' is a celebration of the exchange of culinary influences between the neighbouring territories of Austria, Slovenia, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Balkans.
First World War trenches were designed to remain below the horizon, and completely hidden if possible. So it's not surprising that traces of the ferocious battles in the province of Gorizia, following Italy's declaration of War against Austria in 1915, have to be pointed out to the casual visitor.
The best place to start is in Redipuglia and the huge memorial constructed by Mussolini to remind those who might have forgotten what patrotisim was all about.
The carnival of Sauris in the mountainous Carnia territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia typically takes place in the second half of February. Sauris is, in fact, the highest town in the region and it is very cold at this time of the year. Perhaps that's why the original German inhabitants chose it as their new home from home.
The carnival is one of the oldest in the Alps and the language, traditions and architecture of this past are still present, not least in the name of the carnival 'Voshankh'. It is characterised with wooden masks and walks in the local forest with lanterns along snow filled paths.