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The borders of Friuli Venezia are Slovenia and Austria. It’s beautiful mountain towns overlook the Adriatic sea but Friuli also offers many different landscapes. Shaped by the wind, the Carso plateau has a series of caves formed by soil erosion, cavities and “risorgive”. Friuli sit enthroned by the Eastern Dolomites, Carnia and the Julian Alps, the lakes, the valleys and finally to protected areas. On the coast between Veneto and Monfalcone, the coast is full of lagoons and has long sandy beaches, where are located all the tourist attractions. One of the most beautiful is Lignano Sabbiadoro. This land has seen the passage of many populations in fact there is a great cultural heritage determined by a complex history. For this reason, Friuli Venezia Giulia looks like a small universe that combine many different traditions: it is the “land of contrasts”. The provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia are: Trieste (regional capital), Gorizia, Pordenone, Udine.
Things To See
The ancient city of Aquileia is absolutely a wonder to see. Now considered as a World Heritage Site it was one of the most important centers of the Roman Empire. Aquileia is rich in evidence as the court, the ruins of the river port and the Basilica, one of the finest examples of early Christian art. Another landmark are the Dolomites, another UNESCO site, offering colors and some very attractive scenarios both in winter and summer months, the crystal-clear lakes, snow-capped peaks and lush valleys. A city to be discovered is Trieste: the historic cafés, neoclassical buildings along the Grand Canal, the city suffered a glorious past. Another unmissable destination is the cosmopolitan Gorizia, with its medieval castle that tells centuries of history. Udine is also full of charm, dominated by the castle and embellished with the works of Giambattista Tiepolo. And finally Pordenone with its ancient buildings.
What to Do
Among the various landscapes Friuli Venezia Giulia offers thousands of opportunities for an unforgettable holiday. From the Dolomites to the Pre-Alps and Carnic Alps, the mountains of Friuli is the ideal destination for fans of winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, climbing, ice skating and hiking. Famous ski resorts are Tarvisio, Piancavallo, Sauris, Sella Nevea that offer stunning views of the slopes for a long fun. Lignano Sabbiadoro and its beautiful beaches offer relaxing holidays among exciting beach volleyball, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, long rides and water games in amusing water parks. You can follow your activities with evenings of fun and worldliness in clubs, pubs and restaurants. The various green areas offer the possibility for hiking or mountain biking: from the Reserve Cavanata Valley, also good for birdwatching, to that of Miraramare, close to the sea, perfectly suitable to sea-watching, from the Natural Park of the Dolomites, the realm of mountaineering and climbing, and the Carnic hills, ideal for trail rides.
Unspoiled places with trails to explore are the rugged promontory of Carso among calcareous rocks and caves, the banks of the Tagliamento and other rivers or Carnia, where nature is combined with history, between the ruins of forts, tunnels and other testimonies of the first World war. For those who love relax however there are the Terme di Grado or the Lignano Riviera, with treatments based on seawater. Good food of Friuli offers through the whole region between vineyards and farms where is possible to sample specialties and local products, including the famous San Daniele ham or Montasio cheese. Events as the Pordenonlegge make the Fiuli a very active region. Its the religious festivals are very traditional: examples are El Pardon of Barban, countless festivals and food and wine festivals, including Sapori di Carnia in Raveo, Friuli Doc in Udine or Aria di Festa in San Daniele.
What to Taste
The cuisine of Friuli Venezia Giulia was influenced by the Slavic culture, central European and Venetian. Characteristic dishes are polenta, the porcina, a dish made of boiled pork meat and sausages served with sauerkraut and mustard, then soups with vegetables and legumes. The most famous product is the Prosciutto di San Daniele, known and exported worldwide, followed by Montasio cheese and Sauris smoked ham. Gubana is the main dessert, a shell of pastry stuffed with dried fruit, and the strudel, that must be mentioned! The production of high quality wines is very rich, both for red and white wines, perfect to match the tasty dishes from Friuli tradition, including Picolit and Refosco, Terrano, Malvasia, Tocai and Rebula. Friuli Venezia Giulia is known, finally, for the production of distillates, including grappa, from the traditional one to those flavored.
Made in Italy products on Macrigi are of high quality and made following the traditions and craftsmanship of the past. By “Made in Italy” we mean products produced in Italy with local raw materials or ingredients.