Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia – San Daniele del Friuli

25 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Diego Cruciat/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Diego Cruciat/cc-by-sa-3.0

San Daniele del Friuli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Udine.   read more…

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia – Muggia

24 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Zyance/cc-by-3.0

Muggia is an Italian town and comune in the extreme south-east of the Province of Trieste in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia on the border with Slovenia. Lying on the eastern flank of the Gulf of Trieste in the northern Adriatic Sea, Muggia is the only Italian port town in Istria. The town’s architecture is marked by its Venetian and Austrian history, and its harbour hosts a modern 500-berth marina for yachts (Porto San Rocco). Muggia lies in northern Istria. Its territory, limited on the sea-side by a shoreline of more than 7 kilometres (4 mi) featuring a coastal road and on the border side by a hill system, Monti di Muggia, including Mt. Castellier, Mt. S. Michele, Mt. Zuc and Monte d’Oro, that dominate over a vast landscape of Triestinian and Istrian coast, is characterized by a rich sub-continental vegetation of both Karstic and Istrian type. It has a border crossing, known as San Bartolomeo, with Slovenia and the extreme east of the comune at Lazaretto. The Slovenian border crossing is called Lazaret in the Municipality of Koper.   read more…

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia – Gorizia

23 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  20 minutes

Gorizia and the castle © T137

Gorizia and the castle © T137

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 was the capital of the former Province of Gorizia and is 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 have been joined in a common trans-border metropolitan zone, administered by a joint administration board. The name of the town comes from the Slovene word gorica ‘little hill’, which is a very common toponym in Slovene-inhabited areas. In 2025 both cities will be the European Capital of Culture together as one.   read more…

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia – Pordenone

22 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Palazzo Ricchieri - Museo Civico d'Arte © Geobia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Palazzo Ricchieri – Museo Civico d’Arte © Geobia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pordenone is the main comune of Pordenone province of northeast Italy in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The name comes from Latin Portus Naonis, meaning ‘port on the Noncello River’. The town has many mansions and palaces, in particular along the ancient “Greater Contrada”, today Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (wonderful example of Venetian porticoes and called by some small “waterless Grand Canal”). The urban conglomerate of Pordenone is characterized by the presence of the ruins of the industries dating back to the nineteenth century, examples of industrial archeology.   read more…

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia – San Vito al Tagliamento

21 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Sirleonidas/cc-by-sa-4.0

San Vito al Tagliamento is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pordenone in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Pordenone.   read more…

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia

20 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  16 minutes

The seat of the regional government in Trieste © flickr.com - Nick Savchenko/cc-by-sa-2.0

The seat of the regional government in Trieste © flickr.com – Nick Savchenko/cc-by-sa-2.0

Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the 20 regions of Italy, and one of five autonomous regions with special statute. The regional capital is Trieste. The name used to be hyphenated as Friuli-Venezia Giulia until 2001. The region is called Friûl Vignesie Julie in Friulian, Furlanija Julijska krajina in Slovene and Friaul Julisch Venetien in German, three languages spoken in the region. The city of Venice (“Venezia”) is not in this region, despite the name. Friuli Venezia Giulia has an area of 7,924 km² and about 1.2 million inhabitants. A natural opening to the sea for many Central European countries, the region is traversed by the major transport routes between the east and west of southern Europe. It encompasses the historical-geographical region of Friuli and a small portion of the historical region of Venezia Giulia – also known in English as the Julian March – each with its own distinct history, traditions and identity.   read more…

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