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Udine is in the heart of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and, thanks to its border position with Austria and Slovenia, it was the pathway to Italy for all barbarian tribes and armies throughout centuries; this is also the reason for its great cultural diversity. One of its peculiarity is its dialect: Friulano is a language spoken only in the province of Udine. In Udine we will see the inheritance of the Republic of Venice and also the famous Castle: a legend wants it to be built for Attila, kings of the Huns, in order to see Aquileia burning from a high observation point. Despite being quite close to the mountains, Udine is definitely not far from the sea as well: you will have the chance to sunbathe in Lignano, one of the most famous beaches on the Adriatic sea.
It was founded by Julius Caesar and its ancient name “Forum Iulii” gives also the name to the actual region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In the 5th century it was also chosen as first capital of the Lombard Kingdom before being annexed to the Republic of Venice in the 15th century. It is split in two by the Natisone River, which is spanned by the impressive Devil’s Bridge. The hills that surround Cividale are famous for wine production and we’ll have the chance to visit one of the winery and taste its typical products.
Sella Nevea is not only one of the most well-known ski area in Friuli Venezia Giulia but it is also a touristic area for summer activities and peaceful walks around the amazing Julian Alps. Breathe the fresh air of nature and test your courage with the extreme thrill of climbing trees and be suspended in the middle of the forest! We will also visit Predil lake, in the little village of Tarvisio: legend tells that once upon a time instead of the lake there was a small village inhabited by insensitive people. During a cold winter night they refused to host a woman and her little child coming from far away. Only a poor family offered a warm place to them. The next morning the lake submerged the whole village sparing a small island with just the house of the hospitable family, while the woman and her son disappeared.
Tumbling down to the Adriatic, and almost entirely surrounded by Slovenia, the city is physically isolated from the rest of the Italian peninsula. Its historical singularity is also no accident. From as long ago as the 1300s, Trieste has faced east, becoming a free port under Austrian rule. The city blossomed under the 18th- and 19th-century Habsburg; Vienna’s seaside salon was also a fluid borderland where Italian, Slavic, Jewish, Germanic and even Greek culture intermingled. Trieste was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs after the Second World War. Today, the city is in one of the richest regions of Italy, and has been a great centre for shipping, through its harbour, shipbuilding and financial services. In 2012 the city of Trieste was listed as the world’s most underrated travel destination.