15 days in Friuli Venezia Giulia Itinerary

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Trieste
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lignano Sabbiadoro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polcenigo
— 1 night
Drive
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Sappada
— 3 nights
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Gemona del Friuli
— 1 night
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Tarvisio
— 3 nights
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Trieste — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Get in touch with nature at Vicentina road and Val Rosandra Nature Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cave of the Towers of Slivia and Old City. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trieste: Nazario Sauro Waterfront (in Grado) and Sanctuary of Barbana Church (in Santuario di Barbana). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Church Saint Nicholas , tour or see a show at Old Stock Exchange, and take in the awesome beauty at Trieste and the Trieste Karst.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Trieste sightseeing planner.

Seattle, USA to Trieste is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Trieste is 9 hours. Traveling from Seattle in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trieste, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lignano Sabbiadoro.
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Lignano Sabbiadoro — 2 nights

With a golden sand beach that stretches for almost 8 km (5 mi), Lignano Sabbiadoro represents one of the country's finest seaside resorts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at Hemingway Park, head outdoors with Doggy Beach, then enjoy the sea views from The Red Lighthouse, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria del Mare. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, then get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, then don't miss a visit to Grand Square of Palmanova - World Heritage Site, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvis.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lignano Sabbiadoro holiday app.

Drive from Trieste to Lignano Sabbiadoro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trieste in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Polcenigo.
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Polcenigo — 1 night

Polcenigo blends artistic, historical, and natural features in such a seamless fashion, many call it one of the most beautiful villages in all of Italy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Sources of the Gorgazzo, grab your bike and head to The San Floriano Park at Polcenigo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Rocco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (Contrada Maggiore) - Urbs Picta, then contemplate the long history of St Mark'S Bell Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Co-Cathedral of San Marco.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Polcenigo trip planner.

Drive from Lignano Sabbiadoro to Polcenigo in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Polcenigo are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sappada.
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Sappada — 3 nights

Apart from the beauty of its mountain landscapes, Sappada also boasts a particular rural architecture of wooden houses built using an ancient technique called "blockbau." Thanks to its location in the imposing Dolomites, the village serves as a popular tourist destination in both winter and summer months.
Take a break from the city and head to Calvi Mountain Hut and Emerald Pools. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sappada Waterfalls and Old Sappada. Change things up with these side-trips from Sappada: Sauris Lake (in Sauris), Sutrio (Zoncolan Mountain & Presepio di Teno) and House of Illegio Exhibitions (in Tolmezzo). There's still lots to do: trek along Passo Del Mulo from Olbe Lakes, wander the streets of Borgata Cima Sappada, and identify plant and animal life at Sorgenti del Piave.

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Traveling by car from Polcenigo to Sappada takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gemona del Friuli.
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Gemona del Friuli — 1 night

Gemona del Friuli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 90km northwest of Trieste and about 25km northwest of Udine.The municipality of Gemona del Friuli contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Campagnola, Campolessi, Maniaglia, Ospedaletto, Godo, Centro Storico, Stalis, Taviele and Taboga.Gemona del Friuli borders the following municipalities: Artegna, Bordano, Buja, Lusevera, Montenars, Osoppo, Trasaghis and Venzone.HistoryEvidence of human occupation in Gemona goes back to prehistoric times. On the 17th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Saint Andrea, then explore the activities along Cavazzo Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Casa delle Farfalle, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Palar Stream.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gemona del Friuli holiday planner.

Getting from Sappada to Gemona del Friuli by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tarvisio.
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Tarvisio — 3 nights

Locals like to say Tarvisio is a modern town with an ancient soul, an understandable statement about a place with a history that goes all the way back to the early Roman times.
Get in touch with nature at Predil Lake and Alpe Adria Cycle Path. Discover out-of-the-way places like Orrido dello Slizza and Cavita 20 - Fontanon di Goriuda. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Foresta Millenaria di Tarvisio, stroll through Raibl International Geomineral Park, explore the activities along Fusine Lakes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tarvisio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gemona del Friuli to Tarvisio takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Friuli Venezia Giulia travel guide

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One of five autonomous regions of Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the country's easiest areas to tour, as it is on most of the major routes between the east and west sections of southern Europe. This region has its own distinct history, traditions, identity, and language. The majority of the inhabitants speak Friulian, as well as fluent Italian. Friuli Venezia Giulia overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is bordered by high mountains and dotted with lakes, valleys, and natural preserves, making it an ideal vacation spot for outdoor lovers. Explore the long coastline's secluded lagoons, sandy beaches, and seaside resorts on your trip.
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