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Often overshadowed by Veneto and its many beautiful sites, in the northeast corner of Italy, tucked neatly against the Slovenia and Austrian borders, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has always been able to remain one of Italyís best kept secrets. As one of Italyís smallest regions it offers a wider contrast than some of the largest regions. From the snow capped mountains to sandy beaches, from a bustling capital filled with an ethnic diversity to the solitude of the National Park. This region is as full of history and beauty as its big brother region of Veneto.


Port of Trieste

Closer to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, than to Rome, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has long been Italyís gateway to Eastern Europe. During the Roman Empire, the city of Aquileia was the most important city on the eastern side of the peninsula. Today that honor has been bestowed to the regionís capital of Trieste, a crowded seaport on the edge of the Italian border.


Imposing view of the Dolomites

From the sandy beaches in the southeast, Friuli-Venezia Giulia turns into a wilderness filled with natural wonder. The Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi is a naturalists dream. Located in the Dolomites this area has been untouched by development since the beginning of time. Snow covered all winter and flower covered all summer.


Polenta cake

Being in such a unique position and so close to so many various cultures, Friuli-Venezia Giulia also boasts a gastronomic experience found nowhere else in the world, mixing flavors from Vienna and the Balkans with a northern Italian style usually consisting of polenta. Accompany this gastronomic art form with world famous wines and you get an experience that would please any palette.

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