Friuli, or Friuli Venezia Giulia as they say in Italian, has 130 km of coastline. It may not sound that much, but the fact is that here we find a pair of Italy’s finest beaches, 23 marinas and 15 000 moorings. Several sailing competitions take place in this region each year, and one of them, Barcolana, added in mid-October, calls about 2,000 boats for the title.
Safe and easy to navigate are the coasts of Lignano and Grado, while the rocky bay of Trieste with the Miramare marine reserve is more of a challenge.
Lignano and Grado Island are two stars in the Italian “Walk of Fame”. Well served, clean, wide beaches with powdery sand attract lazy days in the sun. Perfect swimming and sunbathing fans, and especially for families with children, where the shelving beaches, water parks and the wide variety of beach activities are a paradise for young people. Lignano Sabbiadoro nightlife is very intense during summer. Both towns have famous spas where treatments with sea water, sand and seaweed are their specialities.
Seaside resorts located in each end of Grado and Marano lagoon represent a unique natural scenario with their channels and hundreds of small islands.
Around Trieste the bathing area has another character. The coastal stretch between Duino and Grignano is steep and rocky and has hidden small beaches on which, if you are lucky, you can be completely alone.
It is said that Trieste, Friuli’s capital, is the only city that has a piazza with one side completely open to the sea. In fact, the sea becomes a part of the city. The proximity to Slovenia, and the fact that Trieste belonged to Austria until the First World War creates an attractive environment in which different cultures have left their marks.
A melting pot of cultures is also the city of Gorizia, on the border with Slovenia. Together with Trieste, Gorizia belonged to Austria-Hungary until the 1900s. The origins make those two cities feeling richer than others, not only because people speak even more than two languages as mother languages but because of the immense different cultures and traditions that they both love (the food???? Have you ever tried their goulash??).
Not to be forgotten is Pordenone. Internally located, where the old town is very well preserved Pordenone is crossed by the Noncello river, which has made the city an important centre for industries. If you want to try a different type of tourism you can now visit the ancient cotton mills from the 1800s along the river.
For the art lovers is almost mandatory a visit to Udine. Apart from the palaces and villas build by the aristocratic class long time ago, Udine has also great art treasures and several art museums of great significance.
You can find works by Caravaggio, Modigliani and Sironi. In Passariano, a few kilometers outside the city, you will find the newly opened the Centre for Contemporary Italian Art: Centro di Arte Contemporanea.