Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Italy, you will find the beautiful region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, bordered by Austria and Slovenia. Such a geographical position has greatly influenced this small area of Italy, resulting in the intermingling of Italian, Austrian and Slavic cultures, with this cultural diversity reflected in the architecture, traditions, and way of life that is found here.
This less well-known part of Italy offers the same beauty and cultural experiences that the more well-known regions are so recognised for; however, since Friuli Venezia Giulia is often overlooked by tourists, it can reward its visitors with museums, basilicas, historical ruins and other must see attractions that are often uncrowded.
Trieste, the region's capital, is a vibrant city with grand neoclassical architecture, Viennese-style coffeehouses, and stunning piazzas. Nearby is the neogothic-style Miramare Castle, perched atop a cliff overlooking the sea.
In Udine, various pieces of work by the great 18th-century painter, Giambattista Tiepolo, are on display. Further splendid pieces of art can be seen at the Ancient Art Gallery which is located in the impressive Udine Castle.
The small city, Aquileia, identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts some of the best preserved examples of Christian art in its Patriarchal Basilica. Aquileia also played a significant role in the Roman Empire; today it is one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Italy.
Come and discover one of Italy's hidden gems for yourself.