“This is Italy, but not as you know it”
The Lonely Planet bookguide has perfectly captured the real essence of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the region I proudly call home, listing it as one of the best 10 destinations for 2016. I was born and raised here and, in spite of my constant wanderlust, I still think this is a lucky region, caressed by several nature’s gifts, nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. From the very center of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in less than one-hour drive you will be able to take a stroll along the seaside or to walk on a mountain trail. But which are the elements that stand out in comparison to other Italian regions?
– First of all, its unique culture: Friuli-Venezia Giulia represents a fascinating crossroad among the Italian tumultuous path towards political unity, the austro-hungaric stability and the influence of Slovenian echoes. This uncommon historical panorama lets several realities coexist in the same region: from the mitteleuropean atmosphere of Trieste’s cafés, to the Venetian canals of Sacile, the garden of the Serenissima, to the German-speaking community of Sauris, in the Friulian Alps.
– Secondly, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has been recently discovered as a touristic destination, though rich in history, art and attractions. Therefore, you have the fantastic opportunity to discover some unspoiled, unknown corners, exploring the region by yourself. You can visit, sleep and eat out spending very reasonable amounts of money, just avoiding some “tourists traps” located on the Adriatic coast.
– Third great reason to visit Friuli-Venezia Giulia: its nature. Heart-stopping panoramas to be discovered while walking in Carnia (northern part of the region), rock-climbing sides, enchanted lakes (Barcis, Redona, Cornino…), mountain waterfalls, rocky hills in Carso, unspoiled marine lagoons in Marano… this, and much more, is Friuli-Venezia Giulia!
– Last but not least: food and wine. Some of the best Italian white wines are produced in Collio, that thanks to its special soil bestows some unique tastes and perfumes to Sauvignon, Pinot and Ribolla wines. A wine tour in Friuli-Venezia Giulia will make you discover several excellent family-run wineries, resulting of a centenary love for wine and local territory. With regard to food, let me just mention the world-famous San Daniele ham, that alone is worth a visit in this spectacular region.
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