Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
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.
Sacile in the province of Pordenone was known at one time as the 'Giardino della Serenissima'. A place to relax, seek calm and simply wander aimlessly amidst the beautifully built palazzi, flowered streets and rich, green environment created by the Livenza river.
This period of splendour and culture flourished when the town was in Venetian hands in the 16th century. It lasted until Garibaldi's men hit the scene in the mid 1800's and was momentarily gone for ever during bitter fighting of the First World War.
The Piancavallo Cellina Livenza tourism authorities describes the town as being a series of small 'borghi'.
The coastal areas of the province of Udine produce some fine heady DOC wines which must be sampled. The wine growing zone is known as Friuli Latisana and roughly borders Veneto and the River Tagliamento to the west while the waters of the Marano lagoon, including Lignano, lap its eastern shores.