A quick look to Friuli Venezia Giulia
Enjoy a tour through this amazing region, from Trieste to the Cona Island Reserve
Friuli Venezia Giulia region is a great destination, all year round. Visit Cormons and its wine cellar, then the area of Monfalcone. Explore the Isonzo River mouth, especially the Cona Island Reserve where a part of the land has been re-flooded, to restore the landscape’s conditions and enhance the stop of migratory birds. Here you can try some birdwatching, walking tours, cycling and horse riding. Even some boat trips!
Look for the hadrosauridae in Suino, a fisherman village: that is 70-millions-year old dinosaur fossil! Don’t miss Aquileia, where you can also investigate a mystery: look for the caves where used to take place some ancestral rites devoted to God Mitra, a pre-Christian cult. Then visit the charming castles of the area: the Castle of Duino and the one of Miramare.
What about the main city, Trieste! Every year in October, it takes place here in the Gulf of Trieste the historical sailing regatta called Barcolana, one of the most crowded and spectacular in the whole world. Enjoy a stroll all along the boardwalk and notice all the old and glorious sailors associations, the little ports and all the beautiful vintage boats berthed.
People from Friuli Venezia Giulia are quite special too: try to ask someone “where are your grandparents from?” and be prepared to some amazing replies… almost everyone has four grandparents coming from everywhere in Europe and Italy: from Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Greece, or maybe just from the Italian regions Veneto or Sicily! This place has always been a border line, an extension of Central Europe… In the past, this led to wars and conflicts, but nowadays it is such a great opportunity! The linguistic variability makes Friuli Venezia Giulia some kind of open place, ready to new European identities. And you can both see and hear it!