Friuli Venezia Giulia Itineraries (21)

A selection of off the beaten track itineraries from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Highlighted below are our current favourites and follow the Friuli Itineraries links for all articles.

Roman Aquileia

Without Aquileia there would be no Venice.

The fall of the Roman Empire and the subsequent arrival of the Huns forced the citizens of Rome's second most important city to seek refuge in the lagoons.

They took their Republican spirit with them and having founded Grado and settled on Torcello, they then set up home on the island of Rialto.

But it is still worth a trip to Aquileia today as were lucky enough to do so having been invited by the Consorzio Turistico Gorizia el'Isontino.

A small town of 3,000 inhabitants in the Province of Udine, the Roman ruins of the old capital of the 'X Regio Venetia et Histria', basically today's Veneto, are now UNESCO listed.

Last modified on 31 July 2012

Guide to Trieste

A recent marketing hook used by the Trieste Tourism Promotion Board, 'Trieste Awaits You', rings truer than many. Putting to one side the first 2000 years of its history, only the last 300 has seen Croats, Slovenians, Austrians, Hungarians, Dalmati, Albanians, Greeks and French all making their presence felt before the end of the First World War saw the city become part of Italy for the first time. The video above is a really love affair and simply stunning.  

Last modified on 27 April 2014

First Visit to the Province of Gorizia

Hi there, thought you might like to see the piece I wrote for The (Glasgow) Herald. Nice to have met you. A.J.

The municipal official believes he has the measure of me. “This is your firrrst time, I think,” he says with a discomforting leer, before adding, “in the region of Gorizia.” We’re in the oxter of Italy, geographically speaking. It’s a wedge of land north of Venice at the top of the Adriatic, squashed up against the Slovenian border.

Last modified on 05 December 2014

Gorizia Itinerary

Delicious Italy was invited to Gorizia and, as well as sampling the food and wines of the town and province, we were taken on a tour of the city.

Last modified on 05 December 2014

The Isonzo Front

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.

Last modified on 11 October 2012

Montasio Cheese Itinerary

Montasio cheeseMontasio DOP cheese is produced in the regions of Friuli and Veneto. It is possible to buy this fine regional Italian cheese directly from the producers, but first you might need a map.

The Montasio cheese itinerary below is a rough guide to the 125 producers you can drop in on.

Last modified on 15 November 2010

Gorizia traditional menu

Down the road behind an unprepossessing exterior lies Al Ponte, where an elegant lady - Adriana Rizzotti - runs an elegant restaurant specialising in local cuisine. A helipad tucked round the back says something about her clientele.

Last modified on 20 January 2015

Province of Udine

Skiing in TarvisianoThe Province of Udine comprises 75% of the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Its northern reaches border the mountainous zones of Tarvisiano and Sella Nevea while in absolute contrast the southern limits offer us the coastal lagoon towns of Grado, province of Gorizia, and Lignano Sabbiadoro. What's in between? Read our succint guide.

Last modified on 10 November 2010

Carnival of Sauris

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.

Last modified on 03 February 2015

Skiing in the Carnia Mountains

The mountainous territory of Carnia is the part of Friuli which straddles the border between Austria and Slovenia. According to the local tourism authorities the territory offers a crowd free winter snow experience with low ski pass prices, guaranteed snow due to its unique geography and thermal baths to ease the muscles.

Have a ski preference? Here's a handy guide for mushers, downhillers and snow show ramblers.

DOWNHILL SKIING

The main centres are Forni di Sopra, Ravascletto and Sauris with the best runs stretching form Varmòst to Forni di Sopra and Zoncolan to Ravascletto. For beginners try the pistes of Sauris.

Last modified on 11 February 2012

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