25 days in Friuli Venezia Giulia Itinerary

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Palmanova
— 2 nights
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Aquileia
— 2 nights
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Grado
— 2 nights
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Trieste
— 2 nights
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Gorizia
— 2 nights
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Cividale del Friuli
— 2 nights
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Udine
— 2 nights
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Spilimbergo
— 3 nights
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San Daniele del Friuli
— 3 nights
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Codroipo
— 2 nights
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Pordenone
— 2 nights
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Sacile
— 1 day

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Palmanova — 2 nights

A star fort built by the Venetians in the 16th century, Palmanova has been an Italian national monument since 1960.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Palmanova Village, look for gifts at Tiare Shopping, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Military Memorial Redipuglia. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Strassoldo di Sopra Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Doge Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer, then get to know the fascinating history of Palmanova City Fortress - World Heritage Site, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Square of Palmanova - World Heritage Site.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palmanova tour itinerary planning site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Palmanova. In November, daytime highs in Palmanova are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aquileia.
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Aquileia — 2 nights

One of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the Roman Empire, Aquileia is now a small town that still packs a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the history at Monfalcone Great War Theme Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Elia Hill, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, explore the ancient world of Domus e Palazzo Episcopale, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bell Tower of Aquileia, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery To The Unknown Soldier. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of The Tomb - World Heritage Site, make a trip to Torre Millenaria, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then don't miss a visit to La Piazza Municipale, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Meizlik, and finally make a trip to The Port on the Natissa - World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aquileia trip planning app.

Aquileia is just a stone's throw from Palmanova. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grado.
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Grado — 2 nights

Stretching over an island and peninsula in the Adriatic between Trieste and Venice, sunny Grado may seem like a typical seaside resort town.
On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at La laguna di Grado e i suoi Casoni, stop by The Broken Jug, appreciate the history behind St. Euphemia's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Battistero di Grado, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and finally explore the ancient world of The Archaeological Remains of the Basilica of the Court. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): go for a stroll along the water at Porto Mandracchio, don't miss a visit to Nazario Sauro Waterfront, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Valle Cavanata, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Barbana Church, and finally play a few rounds at Grado Golf Club.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grado trip planner.

Grado is very close to Aquileia. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Trieste.
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Trieste — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Molo Audace - Gia "Molo S. Carlo", get engrossed in the history at Miramare Castle-Historical Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Little Berlin, don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, then pause for some photo ops at The Girls of Trieste, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Giusto Cathedral. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spiridione, examine the collection at San Sabba Rice Mill - National Monument, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the long history of Muggia.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trieste driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Grado to Trieste by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Grado in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trieste, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Gorizia.
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Gorizia — 2 nights

In the 19th century Gorizia attracted so many members of the Austrian and French nobility that many began calling it the "Austrian Nice." Today, this charming small town still showcases its Habsburg history in many preserved gardens and buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Cavour, stop by Cidin Eddo Pastry Shop, learn about all things military at Great War Museum, browse the exhibits of Gorizia Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sant'Ignazio, and finally make a trip to Gorizia Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Rilke Trail, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Duino, then examine the collection at House of the Third Army Museum, then do a tasting at Agriturismo Tenuta Luisa, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo del Tribunale di Gorizia.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gorizia sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Trieste to Gorizia takes an hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Trieste in December since evenings lows in Gorizia dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cividale del Friuli.
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Cividale del Friuli — 2 nights

Founded by Julius Caesar, Cividale del Friuli occupies a site probably inhabited since Paleolithic times.
On the 10th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Zorzettig Vini, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale, see the interesting displays at Christian Museum and Treasure of the Cathedral of Cividale, then explore the ancient world of Celtic Hypogeum, then admire the landmark architecture of The Longobard Temple - World Heritage Site, and finally examine the collection at National Archeologic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Discesa al Fiume Natisone da Borgo di Ponte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Castelmonte, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, then snap pictures at Devil's Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cividale del Friuli trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Gorizia to Cividale del Friuli in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Cividale del Friuli are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Udine.
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Udine — 2 nights

The spiritual capital of the region, Udine remains a wealthy provincial center with a trove of cultural and artistic treasures.
Udine is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Liberty Square, explore the historical opulence of Udine Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Loggia del Lionello, and take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udine trip builder website.

Udine is just a stone's throw from Cividale del Friuli. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Spilimbergo.
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Spilimbergo — 3 nights

Although its commercial peak came during the medieval and Renaissance eras, Spilimbergo remains culturally significant to this day.
Change things up with these side-trips from Spilimbergo: Lake of Barcis (in Barcis), Maniago (Museum of Manufacturing Art & Piazza Italia) and Poffabro, dove il tempo si e fermato (in Poffabro). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Mosaic School of Friuli, do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Vicentini Orgnani, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo degli Spilimbergo "Di Sopra".

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Spilimbergo online holiday maker.

Getting from Udine to Spilimbergo by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Spilimbergo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Daniele del Friuli.
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San Daniele del Friuli — 3 nights

A unique micro-climate and a suitable landscape help San Daniele del Friuli remain a major producer of renowned smoked trout and prosciutto.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castello Ceconi. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of La Brunelde, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Quadris Bird Reserve, see the interesting displays at Museo del Territorio, then look for gifts at Adelia Di Fant, and finally steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Antonio Abate.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Daniele del Friuli trip planner.

San Daniele del Friuli is just a short distance from Spilimbergo. December in San Daniele del Friuli sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Codroipo.
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Codroipo — 2 nights

Drive 20 km (12 mi) southwest of Udine and you'll reach the small town of Codroipo, founded by the Romans as a strategic military garrison.
On the 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Molino Zoratto, examine the collection at Villa Manin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Santissimo Corpo di Cristo, then learn about winemaking at Pitars, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa SS. Pietro e Paolo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Duomo di San Vito al Tagliamento, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Cordovado, get to know the fascinating history of Villa Ridolfi, Attimis, Freschi Di Cuccagna, Piccolomini, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acquario di Ariis, then learn about winemaking at CABERT Cantina di Bertiolo, and finally don't miss a visit to Risorgive Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Codroipo trip itinerary builder tool.

Codroipo is just a short distance from San Daniele del Friuli. In December, daily temperatures in Codroipo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pordenone.
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Pordenone — 2 nights

Called "The Painted City" because of its frescoed mansions in the old town, Pordenone is both a cultural destination and a modern urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll around Valentine's Park, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (Contrada Maggiore) - Urbs Picta, then contemplate the long history of St Mark'S Bell Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Co-Cathedral of San Marco, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distilleria Pagura. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvis, tee off at Golf Club Castel d'Aviano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diocesan Sanctuary of Madonna del Monte on the Costa di Aviano, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Harry Bertoja, and finally see the interesting displays at PAFF! Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pordenone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Codroipo to Pordenone takes an hour. December in Pordenone sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sacile.
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Sacile — 1 day

Sacile is a town and comune in the province of Pordenone, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-east Italy. On the 24th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Popolo di Sacile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of Sacile, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The San Floriano Park at Polcenigo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sources of the Gorgazzo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di polcenigo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sacile vacation planning website.

Sacile is just a stone's throw from Pordenone. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C.
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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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