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Friuli Venezia Giulia Travel Guide

Where is Friuli Venezia Giulia located?

Friuli Venezia Giulia, commonly known as Friuli, is the northeasternmost region of Italy. It borders both Austria and Slovenia, and for this reason, it has cultural and gastronomic influences from both of these countries.

The territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia is characterized by the presence of the Adriatic Sea, high mountains, and the Karst plateau. The warm air from the sea meets the cooler mountain air, creating unique conditions for the production of white wine.

What to see in Friuli Venezia Giulila?

  • Trieste: Piazza Unità d’Italia and the Miramare Castle.
  • Udine: picturesque old town with a medieval castle and Piazza della Libertà.
  • Aquileia: roman ruins and an imposing medieval cathedral. 
  • Lignano Sabbiadoro: large sandy beaches. 
  • Cividale del Friuli: UNESCO-protected Longorbard architecture (including the Santa Maria in Valle oratory).
  • Palmanova: Star-shaped fortified town.
  • San Daniele del Friuli: Famous for San Daniele ham.
  • Spilimbergo: Mosaic School of Friuli.
  • Dolomiti Friulane Natural Park: wildlife and hiking.

What are the typical dishes of Friuli Venezia Giulia?

Friuli Venezia Giulia offers a mix of maritime and mountain cuisine. San Daniele ham from the namesake town is the region’s most famous delicacy, owing its delicate flavor to perfect seasoning conditions.

Traditional dishes include frico (heated cheese with potato, onions and vegetables), Lubianska (a slovenian variant of cordon bleu), and gnocchi with wild garlic sauce. Granseola crab is boiled and seasoned with parsley and pepper in the city of Trieste, where fried large sardines are also served as appetizers. Gubana (butter cake filled with chocolate) is prepared by Friuli nonnas during festivities.

 

 

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