Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is a complex region, with
it's largest city
Trieste (a port city),
located on the Adriatic coast.
Friuli, and especially its capital, Trieste, is an area
beloved by the British novelist James Joyce,
balancing precariously on the fault-line between
Slavic and Latin Europe.
Visitors with a passion for European history will
be fascinated by the region, while outdoor
enthusiasts will find the beaches of the Adriatic
and the ski slopes and forest trails of Carnia to
the north are all just a short trip away.
Many towns in Friuli
offer visitors an old world, Habsburg charm
with wide Viennese-style boulevards,
imposing civic buildings and beautiful sea-fronted
squares. One of the largest and most famous
piazzas in Friuli "dell'Unitŕ d'Italia" in
Trieste, is where locals sit over espressos
admiring their Mazzolini fountain.
One of the major reasons the province of Friuli
has an authentic german feel to it is because it's
capital came to prominence as an 18th-century port
for the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, where the
city began to take on neoclassical architectural
In the 19th century, the city was known for its
thriving café culture where passionate political
debates raged over concentrated cups of Illy
The region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia,
became part of Italy in November 1918 after WW1
but in WW2 the city fell to the Germans. After the
war, the Allies took control and nine years of
Italian-Slovenian wrangling ensued until Trieste
returned to the Italian fold becoming the country's
most smallest and easternmost province.
Friuli Coat of Arms