A legend among mountain lovers, the circular trail, or ‘Anello’, of the Friulian Dolomites is the region’s most breathtaking trek.
Many small wine holdings are still worked and run by individual families; 77% of the wine they produce is white.
Once a Venetian fortress, Marano Lagunare is a cheerful, very laid-back place where you can still see Venetian touches in the architecture, and where residents still speak in a soft Venetian dialect.
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The Natisone valleys claim bragging rights when it comes to gubana, the rich cake filled with a rich swirl of ground walnuts, raisins, pine nuts, lemon zest and vanilla, first mentioned in 1409, when Pope Gregorio XII was treated to one during his visit to Cividale.
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For walkers, the Santuario del Monte Santo di Lussari marks the beginning of a ten-day pilgrimage, the Cammino Celeste to Aquileia.
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In 1954 Ernest Hemingway dubbed Lignano Sabbiadoro ‘the Florida of Italy’.
On warm weekends the entire city of Trieste descends on the Barcola to lay their blankets next to the road on the concrete for a swim and a picnic.
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Influences in art and architecture arrived in FVG from several different directions. Although much has been lost in earthquakes, there are still jewels to seek out from all periods.
There are seven ski resorts in FVG and all are operated by the regional tourism authority, PromoTurismoFVG.
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The Parco Naturale covers almost 100km2 of the Julian Alps, and exhibits a remarkable biodiversity as a result of the convergence of three microclimates (Mediterranean, Illyrian and Alpine).
Mountain pastures, or malghe, in FVG have ancient cheese-making traditions.
From the Middle Ages, Friuli (like many regions around Europe) had the custom of building town halls above a sheltered open space, usable for proclamations, public assemblies or markets.
The Laghi di Fusine, linked by a path, bask under Mount Mangart.
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The coastal waters around Miramare are now a marine reserve, managed by the World Wildlife Federation.
The Piazza della Libertà, the heart of Udine, may be the most Venetian place anywhere outside Venice itself.