From mountains to rivers, farmlands to coastlines; Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of Italy’s most naturally diverse regions. With the Alps in one corner and the borders of Slovenia and Austria in the other, and the Mediterranean coast in the south; visitors to this region of north-eastern Italy are always spoilt for choice when choosing the type of holiday they would like to enjoy.
Perfect for wine and coffee lovers, the Friuli Venezia Giulia is home to some of the best white wines in the world. Being between the Alps and the Adriatic has produced an incredible, unique terroir. Combined with the region’s love of cheeses and cold meats, any trip to Friuli Venezia Giulia is sure to be a journey fuelled by prosciutto, cheeseboards and olives washed down with a chilled Chardonnay or Friulano.
Holiday in Friuli Venezia Giulia
The four main natural territories of Friuli Venezia Giulia mean that there are many different things to see and do in the region.
In the mountainous north, strap on your skis or lace up your hiking boots for outdoor activities along alpine slopes or walking around mountain lakes, following streams into unexplored pine forests and pastures. This is also where the majority of the region’s vineyards are, so head north for tours through one of Italy’s premier wine countries.
The hilly south-east is home to the indigenous Slovenian population, and a visit there is sure to be an interesting one where you can see and taste their Slavic influence on age-old Italian architecture and cuisine.
The central plains are home to most of the region’s agriculture activity, so head to the middle for rolling farmlands, the Adriatic Sea and a pastoral, slower way of life.
Most popular with visitors though is the south coast. Here you can find many seaside resorts such as Grado and Lignano, and beautiful lagoons to discover.
Near the town of Aquileia can be found its archaeological site, with ruins from an ancient Roman city of the same name. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and well worth a visit for those who wish to steep themselves in the antiquated culture of the culture that heralded western civilisation.
Renting holiday accommodation in Friuli Venezia Giulia
When deciding on where to stay while visiting Friuli Venezia Giulia, keep in mind its differing natural regions. With forests, national parks, alpine lakes, castles and caves to explore; deciding on a holiday rental allows you the freedom to choose somewhere perfectly located close to what you wish to explore, spelunk or swim across. With many food festivals in the region throughout the year, especially in summer, what better way to end a day at the Mushroom Festival (in Udine) or the Prosciutto Festival (San Daniele del Friuli) by taking home your bounty and preparing a homemade feast to enjoy on your terrace overlooking the mountains or the Adriatic Sea.