8 days in Friuli Venezia Giulia Itinerary

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Udine — 1 night

The spiritual capital of the region, Udine remains a wealthy provincial center with a trove of cultural and artistic treasures.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, then steep yourself in history at Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, then take in the views from Devil's Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Diocesan Museum and Tiepolo Gallery. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to San Giacomo Square, make a trip to Liberty Square, then admire the striking features of Loggia del Lionello, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Palmanova City Fortress - World Heritage Site.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Udine holiday planning website.

Milan to Udine is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gorizia.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Gorizia — 3 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.
Gorizia is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Military Memorial Redipuglia, trek along Rilke Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Elia Hill, and explore the historical opulence of Gorizia Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gorizia tour site.

You can drive from Udine to Gorizia in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trieste.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks
Side Trips
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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.
Trieste is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, explore the activities along Trieste Gulf, take a leisurely stroll along Molo Audace - Gia "Molo S. Carlo", and explore the historical opulence of San Giusto Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trieste holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gorizia to Trieste takes an hour. Traveling from Gorizia in December, Trieste is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Friuli Venezia Giulia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Churches
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.

Province of Gorizia travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Castles
Gorizia is a town and comune in northeastern Italy, in the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is located at the foot of the Julian Alps, bordering Slovenia. It is the capital of the Province of Gorizia and a local center of tourism, industry, and commerce. Since 1947, a twin town of Nova Gorica has developed on the other side of the modern-day Italian–Slovenian border. The entire region was subject to territorial dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia after World War II: after the new boundaries were established in 1947 and the old town was left to Italy, Nova Gorica was built on the Yugoslav side. Taken together, the two towns constitute a conurbation, which also includes the Slovenian municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba. Since May 2011, these three towns are joined in a common trans-border metropolitan zone, administered by a joint administration board.Gorizia is located at the confluence of the Isonzo and Vipava Valleys. It lies on a plain overlooked by the Gorizia Hills. Sheltered from the north by a mountain ridge, Gorizia is protected from the cold Bora wind that affects most of the neighbouring areas. The town thus enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate throughout the year, making it a popular resort.