The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located in the North-Eastern part of Italy, and has been created in 1948 with the aggregation of Friuli and Venezia Giulia; since 1964 the region follows a special statute. The territory is made of mountains for the 43%, plains for the 38% and in a small part by hills, which only occupy 19% of the land.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, being a North-Eastern region, reminds us of mountains and snow, but its beaches make it become an interesting destination for warm seasons as well.
Lignano Sabbiadoro and Grado are just some of the sea localities of the Alto Adriatico which can be visited, without forgetting the Laguna di Marano and the Riviera of Trieste.
The charming mountains, however, are still the diamond tip of Friuli: Forni di Sopra, Dolomiti Orientali, Zoncolon or the Travisano on the Alpi Giulie are just some of the localities where winter sports can be practiced, such as sleddog, ice climbing, snowboard, freeriding or simple promenades with raquets.
The Benessere (well being) is another characteristic of the region: Grado, Lignano and Arta are localities that offer thermae, also known during the times of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Sports can be practiced not only on snow, but also on green fields: there are many possibilites of playing golf, from the mountains of Travisano until down to the coast. Ski, snowboard, promenades and golf are all activities that stimulate the appetite- there's nothing better than that to taste the local hams, San Daniele and Sauris, the Frico, local cheese, without forgetting fish. All accompanied by Pinot Bianco or the Malvasia Istriana, or Merlot and Schioppettino as red wine.
In such a rich territory, art and culture cannot be missed, witness of the passage of the Kelts, the Romans, the Longobardi on the territory which later became the Republic of Venice, where the Hapsburg lived. The result is Trieste, with its Borgo Teresiano that reminds us of Vienna, but also Udine, with the Torre Dell'Orologio and the frescoes of Tiepolo in the Palazzo Arcivescovile, without forgetting the romantic churches of Pordenone.