Friuli-Venezia Giulia

19 Sep

Of the 20 regions of Italy, there are only a few we have not visited, and now we can check Friuli-Venezia Giulia off that list. This region, not to be confused with Veneto (home of Venice), is Italy’s north-easternmost region.

Our trip began in Trieste, the regional capital.

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As an important seaport lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, its history has been influenced by Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures. It was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy, dating from 1382 until 1918. The world wars brought various occupations, and in 1947, the area was divided into two zones, A and B. Finally in 1954, in accordance with the Memorandum of London, the vast majority of what had been Zone A – including the city of Trieste – joined Italy.

A visit to Castello di San Giusto provided interesting history,

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as well as incredible views.

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I call this Regatta between the Branches.

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After lunch in a small fishing village, we headed to Grado, an island town situated between Trieste and Venice, and one of the nearly 120 islands in the Marano-Grado Lagoon. Once mainly a fishing center, today it is a popular tourist destination, known commonly as L’Isola del Sole (“The Sunny Island”).

The old town is filled with restaurants, bars and – for one’s viewing pleasure, a harbor right in the center of town.

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Although it was hard to leave, our next destination was Aquileia to see the Basilica started around 313 AD. Because the Edict of Milan had ended religious persecution, the Christian community was able to build its first place of public worship.

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Over the centuries, and after the destruction of the first church, the locals rebuilt it four times, each time using the previous structures. Today it is in Romanesque-Gothic style.

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One of the most significant aspects is the floor, a 4th century colorful mosaic refurbished between 1909-12.

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Another is the history of the altar and crypt below.

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As we headed back to Trieste, the shadows were long as the sun was just beginning to set over the Basilica of Aquileia.

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Our final “to do” after dinner and a wonderful day was to see Trieste at night, and it did not disappoint.

Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main square of Trieste, often said to be Europe’s largest square located next to the sea. It was built when Trieste was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and includes palaces and the city’s municipal buildings. Waiting patiently, I was able to get a few almost people-free photos!

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Another beautiful sight was the Grand Canal, built between 1754-66 as part of an urban renewal plan, right in the heart of Trieste. This is the view to the sea…

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and this the view toward the city.

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How did we accomplish so much in one day? Lucky for us, we have friends who live in Udine, about an hour away, and they were excellent tour guides. In fact, our next two days of the trip would be based in Udine. Stay tuned.

For a person who loves the sea, our visit to Trieste and surrounding areas provided new insights, wonderful memories and incredible views. In the future, when we see shows that have been filmed in Trieste, (Len and I watch several), I’m quite sure I’ll smile as I recall the beauty of the city and the tranquil, peaceful, and simply spectacular sunsets over the harbor.

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Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

 

24 Responses to “Friuli-Venezia Giulia”

  1. Hope September 19, 2018 at 3:23 PM #

    Great photos!

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  2. Connelly, Vincent J. September 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM #

    Great travelogue! I suppose I could be patient and wait to hear world should travel in the Northeast but am curious whether you’re going to get up to the Dolomites?

    Vincent J. Connelly

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    • blogginginitaly September 19, 2018 at 3:57 PM #

      Thanks! Not this trip but we did visit the Dolomites years ago in the summer, stayed in a wonderful ski lodge and did some hiking.

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  3. Emily Ragsdale September 19, 2018 at 3:46 PM #

    Beautiful photos, Judy. Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Ann Frierson September 19, 2018 at 4:04 PM #

    Absolutely gorgeous, Judy. It’s going on my bucket list.

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  5. Chuck Faso OFM September 19, 2018 at 4:09 PM #

    Grazie for the photos and commentary. What a book you could put together! Che bella Italia!

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  6. bestson808 September 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM #

    Aloha Judy & Leonard, please keep the travelogs coming. I feel I am right there with you. Continue to enjoy. All the Best, Charles on island 🙂

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  7. Lyniece Salvatore September 19, 2018 at 5:18 PM #

    Beautiful photos and narration. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. FC Connelly September 19, 2018 at 5:57 PM #

    Judy – you have to put together the absolutely best photos and travel blog – you have to do a book!! It would be the best book about traveling in Italy ever !!
    FC Connelly

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    • blogginginitaly September 19, 2018 at 7:45 PM #

      Thanks so much – I was very happy with these photos and so happy to share them. As for the book… on my radar!

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  9. Royce Larsen September 19, 2018 at 10:46 PM #

    Great explanation to accompany
    The spectacular pictures!
    Keep me on your list

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  10. jeanfromcalifornia September 20, 2018 at 1:47 AM #

    Just gorgeous photos Judy! Looks like you are getting the great weather we have here. We aimed for Italy this year and missed so greetings from Copenhagen. Keep posting and we will feel we have had a twofer.

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    • blogginginitaly September 20, 2018 at 7:52 AM #

      Thanks Jean and enjoy Copenhagen. I’m sure it will be filled with adventures – in fact, I know some have already begun🙃!

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  11. Sandy Holswade September 20, 2018 at 11:50 AM #

    Fabulous photos and history lesson. So happy you and Len are enjoying and learning all about the country you love so much. Love your blog!

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    • blogginginitaly September 22, 2018 at 4:40 AM #

      Thanks, Sandy, always nice to see your name pop up! Greetings to you both!

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  12. italy...and me September 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM #

    Wonderful post. I just visited this area in May of this year. I sure wish we had been in Trieste in the evening. Stunning photos.

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    • blogginginitaly September 25, 2018 at 10:22 AM #

      Thanks, the evening really was special and we almost missed it as well. Very happy to share the photos.

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