…Writers Hemingway, Rilke and Joyce all found inspiration in the tiny, triple-barrelled Friuli Venezia Giulia region, tucked away in the far northeast of Italy. Today, despite being just a couple of hours from Venice, FVG is one of Italy’s least touristed regions, but those in the know are heading here for cultured cities, deliciously wild landscapes and the fascinating Slovenian-Croatian-Austrian- Italian cultural mash up.
"Seven reasons to visit Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy's intriguing borderland"
… an hour or less from Venice. It’s small – you could easily drive across it in a day on the back roads – but it squeezes in a remarkable diversity of landscapes. The coasts combine urban beach resorts and pristine lagoons. Above the coasts, the Friulian plains and hills have the art towns and the wine regions, and above them tower the Alps: the sunny slopes on the way to Austria, or the mountain fastness of Carnia on the west, with its hidden valleys and traditional folkways. In short, there’s a little bit of everything, all within easy reach.
Bradt Travel Guides
"Five reasons to visit Friuli Venezia Giulia"
…Despite its stunning natural beauty, fascinating history and richly varied regional cuisine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia remains relatively unknown to American tourists. Bordering on Austria and Slovenia and easily accessible from Croatia, this under- the-radar region is well worth a visit. Its intertwining Central European, Venetian and Slavic traditions make for an atypical Italian culinary tour.
"Tasting tour of Italy’s Friuli"
…This border region of north-east Italy has stayed out of the limelight but offers dramatic Alpine scenery, gorgeous Adriatic lagoons, and a wealth of local wine, fine cuisine and history
"Friuli, Italy – What to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants"