Giulia is located in the northeast corner
of Italy. Its a small region with mountains, plains and hills.
The region is surrounded by the Veneto region and Austria,
Slovenia as well as the Adriatic Sea. Friuli-Venezia
Giulia is truly a melting pot region, both culturally and architecturally.
Influence from Austria, Croatia and Slovenia are evident in many of
the towns. The main cities are Trieste and Udine. Its not an
area people generally feel the "need" to visit
its "on the way" to Italy from another country/town
(Vienna perhaps?). I find "untouristy" pleasures and beauty
in Friuli-Venezia Giulia discoveries
.places I return
to over and over. The region truly offers something for everyone.
Youll find ruins, castles, hill towns, artsy towns, fishing
villages, rivers, the Alps, forests, strong traditions, parks, bird
and animal preserves and an interesting charm to the people. Keep
in mind that there was a devastating series of earthquakes here in
May 1976 and many lives, villages and artistic treasures were lost.
Its a testament to the people of the region that so much has
been recovered, rebuilt and restored.
The cuisine is a mix of cultures and youll find pasta, prosciutto
(some of the finest in San Daniele), vegetables, corn, rice, fresh
..make sure you try the polenta here as it is on many menus
(I even found grits here! Im originally from the south
and grits are a staple there). Do try the Montasio cheese and wines
like Carso, Collio Goriziano, Friuli Aquileia and Friuli Latisana.