WHAT TO DO AND VISIT IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

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Discover what to visit in Friuli Venezia Giulia in your next trip.

 

^^^ here on the top of the Lussari Mount in Tarvisio ^^^

Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region little considered at the tourist level especially by foreigners. With all the beauties we have in Italy I think it is understandable to spend the 2 weeks of vacation per year visiting the Colosseum or Venice but, in recent years, is developing a new tourism, slow tourism and lover of uncontaminated places and above all far from classic tourist itineraries.

Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the perfect destinations for tourists who do not just want to visit, but prefer to immerse themselves in 360 degrees in the habits and places where they go.

There are many types of vacation that can be done in my beloved Friuli.

The eno-gastronomic holiday along the wine routes, making tastings in the cellar or fantastic dinners in starred restaurants or farms immersed in the Collio area or in the Colli Orientali del Friuli.

The beach holiday where you can relax in the dozens of bathing establishments or try to do some new sport along the 90 kilometers of Friuli Venezia Giulia coastline.

The holiday in the mountains where you spend your time walking in the beautiful Friulian Dolomites or in the Julian Alps and eating in the dozens of shelters and huts in the area.

A sporting holiday where you will be spoiled for choice between mountain biking, horse riding and walking, trekking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, kanyoning, windsurfing, sup and kite surfing.

 

^^^ Me on the “ponte del diavolo” a Cividale del Friuli ^^^

 

CITIES TO DO NOT MISS IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA:

Udine historical capital of Friuli is absolutely one of the cities not to be missed if you go on holiday in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The city has developed around the hill where it still stands the original castle of 1500 but many other buildings deserve a passage as the Lionello loggia in Venetian Gothic style is the seat of the town hall, via Mercato Vecchio, Piazza delle erbe or Piazza San giacomo, the city center and its alleys, the cathedral of udine and Palazzo Antonini but also the ethnographic museum of Friuli, Casa Cavazzini and also the exhibitions inside the rooms of the castle.

There are many places to visit in Udine and even the inns are one of the typical things of the city. Find the logo “osteria storica” and you can have lunch in a piece of the city’s history. The best known are the Osteria il Cappello, La Ghiacciaia, the Antica Maddalena trattoria, the old Stallo, the tavern Pierimortadele, the Barnabiti, da Pozzo and the tavernetta.

 

Trieste capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia is a beautiful town overlooking the sea with which it has a very close relationship. Even in this border town you will have many stories to read and unmissable places to visit as the largest square on the sea in Europe, Piazza Unità d’Italia, Piazza della Borsa, the Grand Canal of Trieste with its cafes, the Roman amphitheater, the daring pier, the castle of Miramare and Duino, the Serbian-Orthodox temple of the Holy Trinity and San Spiridione, the botanical garden and the aquarium of Trieste, the Bora museum, the synagogue, the Museum of Joyce and many other museums.

Pordenone Also in this area there are many things to visit, in addition to the historic center of Pordenone I would signal first of all the beautiful and blue, Lake Barcis. In this area you can take a nice walk and then go exploring the towns of Andreis, Poffabro and Frisanco that are part of the most beautiful villages in Italy (read more here). Also the vajont dam deserves a passage as well as Maniago and its famous cutlery all over the world. Piancavallo in winter there are ski lifts for skiing and in summer there are beautiful trekking to do. Going up you will find Sappada an enchanting mountain village to be visited and the Cansiglio wood which is not so spectacular.

 

Gorizia. When it comes to Gorizia, the Collio and its cellars are all to be visited. But in addition to the wine routes also Gorizia city offers a pleasant historical center to be discovered, the castle of Gorizia and Spessa, the nature reserve of the Isonzo river mouth, all activities on the river Isonzo. The many tastings and visits to the cellars (more info here) and the excellent fish and meat restaurants.

 

Grado is famous for the beauty of its beaches but especially of its historic center. Grado is an ancient fishing village where now their houses have been restored and create a unique atmosphere of its kind. Prepare the camera because you will want to photograph every corner of this island.

 

Cividale del Friuli is one of the most beautiful villages of Friuli Venezia Giulia and was the capital of the Longobards. The city is full of pebbles and pebbles and walking through its streets is really characteristic. Try to deepen the history of this city because it is really fascinating. Do not forget to visit the Devil’s bridge, the Lombard temple, the Celtic Hypogeum, the medieval house and convent of Santa Maria in Valle, the various museums and above all do not forget to stop for lunch (I recommend this restaurant HERE).

 

San Daniele del Friuli small village full of excellences. Very famous for its PDO San Daniele smoked ham, it is becoming known for another product, the Salmon Trout PDO. Do not miss this gem of village where you can visit the ham factories, make purchases and especially taste the sweetness of this ham and the delight of their trout.

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Tarvisio  you can not say that you have visited Friuli if a good part of the time is not spent in the mountains. In Tarvisio there are some beautiful trekking to do even relatively easy and places immersed in enchanting nature like the one up to the Priu mountain hut and its famous design pine cones, the Pellarini refuge and the Grego refuge. The Fusine lakes are a marvel, the blue and green water perfectly reflects the surrounding mountains and the paths between the lakes will relax you so much that you do not want to escape anymore. If you want to take a walk, from the lakes you can reach the Zacchi hut and eat something up there. Another lake that you can not miss is Lago del Predil. Another enchanting alpine lake where you can relax and have a drink. Before arriving at the lake, do not miss a visit to the cave of Cave dal Predil where you will go deep into the center of the mountain thanks to a little train and where you will hear the story of thousands of men who lived in those areas. From Tarvisio move to Camporosso and take the cable car that will take you to Mount Lussari where a small village of houses will welcome you at 1790 meters with a view of all the surrounding peaks up to Austria and Slovenia. Another thing that you can not miss is the Orrido dello Slizza, a walk along a wooden walkway in a canyon where the river slizza (take a look at the video here). And if you love cycling here is the alpe adria bike route (all the info here) or a bike path that runs through its tarvisio and on one side goes up to Austria on the other goes down to Grado along the old railroad.

 

Venzone is a charming medieval town as well as the village of the villages 2017. The village is located within the walls perfectly restored after the earthquake of 76. This village is a charm to visit and where you can see the famous mummies of Venzone.

 

Aquileia e Palmanova. In ancient times, Aquileia and Palmanova were extremely important, in fact in Aquileia there is one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Italy. Visit the archaeological museum, the Roman forum, the basilica, the tomb and then go to Palmanova, famous for being a fortress city with the 9-pointed plant and take a ride in this beautiful town until you reach the walls where you can walk .

 

Sauris is one of the most beautiful and characteristic mountain villages of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The typical wooden houses always full of flowers, the beautiful blue lake of Sauris, the tour of the mountain huts immersed in nature, Zahre beer, the smoked raw and speck and the famous local pickled vegetables in the territory such as the sclopit, the wild garlic and wild asparagus. All to try!

 

Villa Manin It is located near the town of Codroipo and is a very active cultural center. There are often art exhibitions, concerts and events.

 

Altopiano del montasio. You can not come to Friuli without tasting a piece of Montasio cheese (another PDO product of the region) if not in its place of birth. Arrived on the Montasio plateau directly by car, you can go around the huts with your children and enjoy the crazy views of the surrounding mountains, spot some ibex and eat in one of the highland alpine pastures. Unmissable!

 

^^^ Me at the Fusine lake, Tarvisio | Follow me on instagram to see all my pics @theitaliansmoothie ^^^

 

WHERE TO GO TO THE SEA IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA:

 

Grado also called the island of the sun is a beautiful seaside resort where you can pass the day to the sea between deck chairs, umbrellas and games for your children. The beaches are sandy and the waters gradually become deep so a perfect beach for everyone. Also in the evening you can walk in the beautiful Old Grado, a town of fishermen and pirates, eat excellent fish in the restaurants of the island and play minigolf and eat ice cream with your children.

 

Lignano Sabbiadorois famous for its miles of golden sand beach perfectly organized for the happiness of young and old. At the beach there are various free and paid activities (such as windsurfing and kitesurfing school, sup, kayak), you will not get bored a second. In the center of Lignano Sabbiadoro you can find various spaces for your children such as the Junior Park, the fun fair and the Splash water park.

 

Trieste in addition to being a beautiful and fascinating city also has a series of baths and beautiful beaches with water so blue as not to be believed. Close to the city you can visit the pedocin one of the oldest and most famous baths in Trieste, where there is still the old wall that divides the women’s area from the men’s area. Ausonia born in the 30s and still one of the most popular baths in Trieste. The “Topolini” instead are along the coastal road, admission is free and are used daily by mothers with children, the elderly, teenagers who do diving competitions and even those who work in the city and only have one hour of lunch break and want to do a bath. I have often heard of the Ginestre as one of the most beautiful and characteristic baths in Trieste. Open since the 60s, you will certainly take a dip in the past. The coast of the Barbarians, on the other hand, is for adventurous people. Getting there is not easy, just before the village of Sistiana you have to go down on rough terrain but in the end you will be rewarded with a beach and an enchanting sea.

 

WHERE TO GO TO SKI IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

The major ski areas in Friuli Venezia Giulia are in Pordenone area in Piancavallo while in the province of Udine we find the slopes of the Tarvisiano, Pramollo, Zoncolan, Sella Nevea, Forni di Sopra and Sappada.

I personally love snowboarding in Pramollo, the slopes are wider and fun and the area is really big. If you want to have fun in the snow park you can find it in Piancavallo, Forni di Sopra, Pramollo and Tarvisio.

Are you looking for more suitable areas for the family? In Tarvisio you will find a good ski school, easy slopes and even a rail bob to entertain your children. In Sella Nevea, Sappada and Piancavallo there is Nevelandia, a beautiful winter fun park in the snow for children of all ages.

If you want to relax and spend a day at the SPA you can go to Arta Terme where a brand new structure will welcome you and will be able to relax properly. If you are in the Tarvisio area, the hotel Il Cervo is equipped with SPA and Wellness, and if you want to go a little way there are the beautiful Villach Spa just half an hour from the border, or the various wellness hotels in Nassfeld and Hermagor of the Falkensteiner chain Hotel & Spa.

DISCOVERING THE WINE ROUTES IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA:

The driving force behind Friuli Venezia Giulia is definitely the food and wine tourism.

Thousands of people every year come to my beloved north-east famous for its exceptional products and wines to make tastings and purchases of PDO certified products such as Montasio, San Daniele raw ham, Salmonata trout, Sauris crudo and many other products.

Through the website www.vinoesapori.it you can independently plan your visit by selecting cellars, cottages, villas, restaurants and B & Bs where you can stay and sleep. Through this site you can stay up-to-date on the food and wine events that are in the region, from simple guided tours in the cellar to large events like “calici sotto le stelle”.

Do you want to immerse yourself in the Friulian life? Then you can not skip the visit in some historic inn and farm to eat or drink a “taj” (as we call the glass of wine) at the aperitif.

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