20 days in Friuli Venezia Giulia Itinerary

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Lignano Sabbiadoro
— 1 night
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Trieste
— 5 nights
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Cividale del Friuli
— 3 nights
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Erto e Casso
— 2 nights
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Sappada
— 4 nights
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Tarvisio
— 4 nights
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Lignano Sabbiadoro — 1 night

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 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Martino, explore the activities along Laguna di Marano, make a trip to The Red Lighthouse, then head outdoors with Doggy Beach, and finally cool off at Aquasplash. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria del Mare, then find something for the whole family at Junior Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lignano Sabbiadoro Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lignano Sabbiadoro travel route builder app.

Milan to Lignano Sabbiadoro is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Trieste.
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Trieste — 5 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Attractions like Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia and Saint Giusto Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Trieste: Castle of Duino (in Duino), Grotta Fioravante (in Duino Aurisina) and Grado (Il Battistero di Grado, St. Euphemia's Basilica, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Miramare Castle-Historical Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Trieste and the Trieste Karst, see the interesting displays at San Sabba Rice Mill - National Monument, and Head underground at The Cave "Grotta Gigante".

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Trieste travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Lignano Sabbiadoro to Trieste in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cividale del Friuli.
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Cividale del Friuli — 3 nights

Founded by Julius Caesar, Cividale del Friuli occupies a site probably inhabited since Paleolithic times.
Get out of town with these interesting Cividale del Friuli side-trips: Mosaic School of Friuli (in Spilimbergo), Clauzetto (La Parrocchiale di San Giacomo & Cave of Pradis) and Military Memorial Redipuglia (in Fogliano Redipuglia). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, explore the historical opulence of Udine Castle, don't miss a visit to San Giacomo Square, and stop by Vom Fass Udine.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cividale del Friuli day trip site.

Drive from Trieste to Cividale del Friuli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Cividale del Friuli sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Erto e Casso.
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Erto e Casso — 2 nights

Most visitors take a day trip to Erto e Casso from Pordenone, located about 40 km (25 mi) away.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): trek along Forcella del Duranno Dalla Val Zemola, then see human ingenuity at work at Vajont Dam, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Landslide of Mount Toc, and finally look for gifts at Azienda Agricola San Martino. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Tree Village, make a trip to Lake of Barcis, then get in on the family fun at Parkunzi, and finally trek along Path of the Dint from Lake Barcis.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Erto e Casso trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cividale del Friuli to Erto e Casso takes 2 hours. In August in Erto e Casso, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sappada.
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Sappada — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolomiti Adventure Park and Sappada Waterfalls. Explore Sappada's surroundings by going to Mulin dal Flec, o dal Ross (in Tolmezzo), Forni di Sopra (Laghetti di Fondovalle & Fantasy Park) and The Carnia Area Museum in the Great War 1915-1918 (in Timau). There's much more to do: stroll through Passo Del Mulo from Olbe Lakes, explore the activities along L'oasi naturale di Bordaglia e Sfleons, visit Borgata Cima Sappada, and trek along Calvi Mountain Hut.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sappada trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Erto e Casso to Sappada by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tarvisio.
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Tarvisio — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Sentiero degli Alberi di Risonanza and Animalborghetto will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Tarvisio: Percorso circolare ta lipa pot (in Resia), Cavazzo Lake (in Cavazzo Carnico) and La Cascata di Salino (in Paularo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Fusine Lakes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lussari, and grab your bike and head to Alpe Adria Cycle Path.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tarvisio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sappada to Tarvisio by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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