In 6 days the tour takes you from the ‘Vienna at the Sea’ splendid Trieste to the ‘Island of Sun’ Grado to Aquileia the 3rd biggest Roman City to Napoleon’s Palmanova fortress to Pordenone ‘the City of Literature’ to Udine ‘ Tiepolo’s City to Cividale the first Capital of the Longobards to Cormons the Wine Capital of Collio to Gorizia the ‘bourgeoisie city of the Habsburgs’.
Beyond the good food and wine, among the best in Italy, why visit Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region? The small healthy region in the north-east of Italy is well-organized and has all that the country has to offer: short distances, sea, mountains, hills, historic villages, rich culture. And, it is free from the overcrowded mass-tourism that you will suffer in many other places. A new area to be discovered and enjoyed. Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and newest city; it only became part of Italy in 1954. A perfect base to discover also Istria in Croatia, Slovenia, and Venice.
Trieste, under the Habsburg Dynasty from 1382 to 1918, was one of the key cities of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, as it's the imperial port. It's beautiful palaces and squares at the sea, historic cafés and promenades will impress you. In 2019, Trieste scored as city no.4 in Italy for its leisure offer. And no.2 for its offer and practicing of sports. Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. It has more than 700 cafes and bars. The Piazza Unità is the biggest sea-facing square in Europe. The Grotta Gigante is the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest visitable cave in the world. The Miramare Castle and the Duino Castles overlooking the sea are very picturesque.
Grado is a well-known beach resort and medieval fishing village, on the seafront of its large lagoon. In the old town is the St. Eufemia Basilica dating back to 579. Grado holds the Italian record of having received 31 times the Bandiera Blue for clean beaches.
Aquileia had 300.000 inhabitants in the 3rd century and was one of the major Roman cities. All the wine of the Roman soldiers was produced here. The Santa Maria Assunta Basilica has the biggest preserved Roman mosaics. UNESCO World Heritage Listed. Aquileia was destroyed by Attila and his troops.
Palmanova looks like a snowflake seen from above. It is a fortified city that was much strengthened by Napoleon. UNESCO World Heritage Listed.
Pordenone has a history of having been first under the Habsburgs, then the Republic of Venice. In its historic center is each year organized the important literature festival Pordenone Legge with the presence of many important international authors. Pordenone is known as a center for industrial production with many whiteware factories. The mountains rise just behind the city, with beautiful winter sport and trekking sites, lakes and rivers.
Udine has a compact, lively center. During history, Udine remained under Venezian influence while Trieste was under the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The respective architectures demonstrate this. From the Udine Castle, there is a nice view of the first Dolomite Alps a few kilometers to the north. The central Piazza della Libertà has renaissance buildings, including the pink-and-white marble Loggia del Lionello and the Clock Tower. Udine Cathedral has a baroque interior and a museum of religious decorative arts. Tiepolo, the great painter, did several masterpieces there which you will see in the Cathedral and the Palazzo Patriarcale.
Cividale is north-east of Udine. It was the first capital of the Longobards. The city has preserved a strong medieval character and has interesting sights to propose, among those the Devil’s Bridge. The Longobard Temple is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cormons is seen as the wine capital of Friuli. It is in the midst of the beautiful, hilly landscape of Collio with vines filling the horizon. The white wines from this Collio area and from the area towards Gorizia are among the very best white wines in all of Italy.
Gorizia was a dear place for the Austrian-Hungarian noble families, that built impressive villas and gardens there, still to be seen. Gorizia was, even more than Trieste, and Udine, a cultural border city between the Slavic, German and Latin people and languages. From 1947, like Berlin was split into two parts, Gorizia being on the border between Italy and Yugoslavia/Slovenia, was split, in the middle of the PiazzaTransalpina. Since Slovenia joined the Schengen Area in 2004, there are again no borders.
The recommended airport is Trieste Airport, well served by Alitalia from Rome and Lufthansa from Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne. Alternatively, fly to Venice, Treviso or Ljubljana, however, these airports will entail longer transfers via the highways or train.
The tour exists in two versions, on defined departure dates were the group is composed of you and other individuals or small groups, where we have decided on the hotels, or we maker the tour closed for your group where you decide on preferred dates and hotel standards and language of guidino.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on a fixed date if a sufficient number of participants is not reached.
Arrival to Trieste. Transfer from the airport. Greetings of ‘your local friend’. You are invited to stroll around in Trieste benefitting from your FVG Card and to get your first impressions. Dinner in the hotel.
The guide will tell you the story of how Trieste, having been made a free port by the Austrian Hungarian Emperor, which it still is, grew into a multi-ethnic cosmopolitan dynamic city. You will visit the historic cafes of ‘the Vienna at the sea’, have lunch in a buffet restaurant that the New York Times found it worth to write a page about. And a tasting of the typical local and mid-European cakes. In the afternoon we will visit the Miramare Castle, built by the brother of the Emperor before he became king of Mexico. Cooking class. Dinner in the old city. Overnight stay in Trieste.
Check out from the hotel.
The first stop is Grado, the ‘Island of the Sun’, for a walk in the old town. Boat trip on the lagoon.
Across the lagoon is Aquileia, once the third biggest city in the Roman Empire. Visit to the Basilica to see the Roman mosaics.
Palmanova, the ‘snow-flake’ formed fortress was initially planned by Leonardo da Vinci and later much strengthened by Napoleon. Both Aquileia and Palmanova are inserted in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Pordenone is 70 km to the west. Guided tour.
Dinner in the hotel.
Overnight stay in Pordenone
Check out of the hotel.
A steep route takes you up to Piancavallo, an eldorado for winter-sports and trekking in the Summer, in the mountains just above Pordenone. We continue to Barcis, a mountain village known for the beauty of its artificial emeraldcolored lake.
On the way to Udine, a stop in San Daniele known for its raw ham.
A guided tour in the center of Udine. Dinner in the hotel.
Overnight stay in Udine
Check-out from the hotel.
Cividale was the first capital of the Longobardi. Guided tour.
The landscape between Cividale and Cormons is very beautiful with hills dotted with vines and vineyards. A short walk in Cormons. Visit to a vineyard for winetasting. Lunch.
Guided tour in Gorizia.
We will drive through the beautiful Vipava Valley in Slovenia on the way back to Trieste.
Overnight stay in Trieste.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Friuli Venezia Giulia. Transfer to the airport.
A valid passport. A valid health insurance coverage. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes, including a wind jacket.
Since we don't know to which airports that the tour participants will arrive to and therefore the related transfer cost, airport transfers are not included in the fixed tour price, Be As A Local will upon travel information from each traveler, book the transfer service that should be paid with a credit card in the minivan. You may choose whether to be alone in the minivan, or to share it with other passengers (cheaper).
Should you want to extend your visit, for example, to arrive the day before the tour starts, or remain sometime after the tour, Be As A Local would be happy to provide you with accommodation. You may then also benefit from the day excursion, cooking class, painting class and other offers that we have.
We may propose special, customized tours and events for groups, firms, organizations in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. Through our network, we may offer events and tours in most of Italy
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