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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia
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Quick Facts
Capital Trieste
Government Italian Autonomous Region
Currency Euro (€)
Area 7,858 km2
Population 1,219,356(2012 est)
Language Official:Italian
Regionally Spoken:Friulan, Slovene, German, Venetian
Religion n/a
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Time Zone UTC +1 and UTC +2(DST)

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a region of Italy.


Friuli-Venezia Giulia is divided into four provinces:

The four provinces are further divided into communes.


  • Trieste - beautiful city overlooking the Adriatic sea, overlooked by many tourists it has a mix of different architectures due to the proximity to Austria and Eastern Europe and a heritage dating back to the roman times.The Trieste-Opicina cog railway.
  • Udine - historic capital of the Friuli region, a very nice town centre with venetian architecture
  • Gorizia - located on the border with Slovenia has a small medieval centre and a nice castle perched on a hill overlook the city.Tourist steam train Transalpina Gorizia-Bled.
  • Pordenone - not particularly famous for its art and architecture but has a nice small city centre
  • Cividale del Friuli -UNESCO, pretty medieval town renown for being the "Lombards'city", several monuments and museums
  • Grado - nice beach town with historic centre
  • Aquileia -UNESCO, one of the main archaeological sites in Northern Italy, once a flourishing roman town now presents roman ruins and a beautiful medieval basilica with mosaics
  • Tarvisio - Piancavallo - Sella Nevea - Ravascletto-Zoncolan - Forni di Sopra - popular towns for winter sports especially for their skiing facilities

Other destinations[edit]

  • The Friulian Dolomites - the eastern part of this mountain range and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Tramonti, Vajont and Barcis Lakes, Claut
  • The Julian and Carnic Alps and Pre-Alps - Pontebba-Passo Pramollo, Malborghetto-Valbruna, Resia Valley, Raibl Lake , Cave del Predil, Grotte Verdi in Clauzetto, Arta Terme, mountain tourist resort as well as spa, Zuglio (the ancient roman city Iulium Carnicum)
  • Cordovado - small but pretty medieval town part of the club The most beautiful villages in Italy
  • Spilimbergo - the historic centre developed radially around the medieval Castle and Duomo, worlwide known for its Friulan Mosaic International School
  • Valvasone - medieval town with a castle, part of the club The most beautiful villages in Italy
  • Venzone - picturesque medieval town completely surrounded by walls
  • Palmanova - UNESCO, perfect example of late Renaissance fortified city, museums



People is divided into 4 linguistic groups: Italians, Friulians, Slovenes and Germans.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The regional and international Ronchi dei Legionari Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport ( is 20 km away from Gorizia, 33 from Trieste, 40 from Udine and 80 from Pordenone. The international Marco Polo Airport of Venice( low cost direct flights. The Treviso Airport for low cost direct flights.

By train[edit]

Direct trains to Trieste. Venezia-Mestre towards Treviso, Pordenone, Udine, Gorizia. Udine-Tarvisio. Udine-Trieste.Udine-Cividale del Friuli.Sacile-Gemona del Friuli.

By car[edit]

Motorways: A4 Turin-Trieste, A23 Tarvisio-Udine-Palmanova, A28 Portogruaro-Pordenone-Conegliano Veneto.

Get around[edit]

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The adriatic sea resorts: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Grado, Marina Iulia di Monfalcone, Riviera di Barcolana.

The alpine ski resorts: Ampezzo, Chiusaforte-Sella Nevea, Claut, Forni di Sopra, Forni Avoltri, Malborghetto-Valbruna, Piancavallo, Pontebba-Passo Pramollo, Ravasletto-Zoncolan, Sauris, Tarvisio, Verzegnis-Sella Chianzutan.

The 2 Cansiglio and Tarvisio Forests.

The 2 Regional Parks: Dolomiti Friulane and Prealpi Giulie.

The alpine lakes: Vajont, Barcis, Tramonti, Cornino, Verzegnis, Cavazzo, Doberdo, Fusine, Predil.

The castles of Miramare, Duino, Gorizia, and so on...

The caves of Sgonico Grotta Gigante, Villanova di Lusevera, Pradis di Clauzetto.

The "Road of Wine and Cherries", the "Road of Ham and Castles", the "Road of Montasio Cheese".

Climbing, walking, mountaining, paragliding, hang-gliding, canyoning, rafting, horse riding, golf, mountain biking and cycling, spelunking, swimming, sailing, surf, wind-surf, kitesurf. On the snow: downhill, off-track and cross-country skiing, freeride, snowboard, snow parks, ice-climbing, outings with snow-shoes and sleddogs.

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The regional cuisine was born from the union of three great culinary traditions, the austrian, the venetian and the slav, plus a sturdy and tasty popular friulan cuisine.

Celebrated hams: San Daniele, Sauris, Cormons, Carso, smoked speck.

Ancient cheeses: Montasio, Asino, Latteria, Malga, Tabor, Liptauer, Zepek.

Iota or Jota, porcina or porzina, game, goose products, klotznudl, knodel, bobici, kaiserfleisch, sbarbôt , bisna, cevapcici, San Daniele and Carnia smoked trout, mlinzi, gnocchi, pistum, baccalà, frico, patate in tecia, white and green asparaguses, cjalzons, boreto or brodo or brodetto, granzevola alla triestina, marinated sardines, muset, brovada, riso e fasoi, risotti, sauc, crafus, linguâl, pestât, pestadice, peta or petuccia or pitina, goulash, palatschinken, radicchio canarino, rosa di Gorizia, rusclin, ricotta affumicata, polenta, filon, dobos, cotto di Trieste,toc in braide, cueste, lujagne, savors, lidric cul poc, pindulis, sassaka friulana, sculta fumât, strudel, kipfel, krapfen, struki or strucchi, crostui, cuguluf, colaz, gubana, pinza, putizza, presnitz, sacher, pickles, honeys.

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White wines: Ramandolo, Picolit, Friulano, Verduzzo friulano.

Red wines: Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso, Schiopettino, Terrano.

Beers: "Castello di Udine", "Agribeer Zahre", "Befed", "Praforte".

Spirits: Grappa Friulana, Pear brandy, slivovitz,plum brandy.

Coffee: Illy.

Mineral waters: "Pradis", "Goccia di Carnia", "Dolomia".

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