Friuli Venezia Giulia. An autumn and winter wonderland of art, snow and festivities

By Monday, 07 November 2022 08:00
Lussari Mount Lussari Fabrice Gallina
There are journeys planned with a destination in mind, and journeys that are created with the aim of not missing something that is considered unmissable.

This autumn and winter Friuli Venezia Giulia is giving visitors this choice of making their holidays one of the unmissable reasons for visiting the region.

1. Banksy. The most comprehensive Banksy exhibition ever held in Italy 

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Visiting Trieste, a city that is both Central European and Mediterranean, is always an incredible experience: from Piazza Unità d'Italia to the Molo Audace and from Borgo Cavana to Borgo Teresiano, and from every corner of the city there are wonderful views of the sea. Yet another of the reasons to visit Trieste this autumn and winter is the Bansky exhibition which is the most comprehensive ever held in Italy.

From 25 November 2022 to 10 April 2023, the exhibition dedicated to the mysterious Bristol artist will be in the Salone degli Incanti in Trieste. Presented by the Municipality of Trieste, PromoturismoFVG and Madeinart this extraordinary exhibition pays homage to one of the most popular, controversial and mysterious artists on the contemporary scene. 

Banksy’s art was born on walls, then disseminated by the media, and in particular on the web. In this major exhibition, a fundamental (and less analysed) aspect emerges for a proper understanding of the street artist: his success as a great communicator which has played a primary role in the continuous and progressive growth of his art. His works are pure messages. What ultimately counts for Banksy is not so much the form as the message. And yet he has managed to formally create an immediately recognisable and multicultural personal language.  

All this will emerge through the works in the exhibition, which are on loan from Italian and international collections. They include some extraordinary large paintings and will be divided into genres and themes, providing visitors with the key to understanding Banksy's work through precise didactic supports related to the general themes of the sections and the individual works.


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2. The nativity scene of Sutrio in Carnia

Passing through the small towns in the picturesque region of Sutrio, in magical Carnia you will come across an incredible, monumental nativity scene which is the result of 30 years of passion, dedication and creativity. In the village, with its scattered hotel and its typical mountain chalets, where wood has been worked for centuries in the numerous craft workshops, you cannot miss a visit to the Teno Crib, an extraordinary example of local craftsmanship. 

The result of 30 years of patient work by Gaudenzio Straulino, known as Teno, who has created this detailed work strictly out of wood. Teno's accurate rendition of the Nativity scene reconstructs the life of Sutrio, so much so that it can be considered an enchanting miniature ethnographic museum. This year some of Sutrio's craftsmen will be engaged in the creation of  sculptures that will complete the nativity scene for Vatican 2022.

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3. Inauguration of the ITS Arcademy

A unique reality in the world of fashion is Trieste’s ITS Arcademy a branch of ITS - International Talent Support, a platform created by Barbara Franchin to research, support and promote young talent in the world of design and art. The Arcademy is an archive project of all the work collected in the 20 years of ITS's existence: 14,359 portfolios, 1,077 fashion items, 160 accessories, 118 pieces of jewellery and over 700 photographic projects. Being a space open to all, ITS Arcademy will also host collateral events in line with its values and mission which is the discovery of talent and the promotion of creativity.
For info, https://itsweb.org/its-arcademy/eventi/?lang=it

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4. Ski lift prices remain unchanged 

The FVG ski season will officially start on 8 December 2022 and end on 21 March 2023. The prices for the ski lifts remain unchanged with respect to the last season and again all the mountain hubs of Friuli Venezia Giulia can be reached with a single season ticket. 

The free ski pass for baby categories up to seven years of age and the fixed price of €10 per day for children up to 14 years of age are confirmed. The policy standardises both the prices for special categories and professional users along precise application guidelines, re-establishing the single rate valid for the ski hubs of the entire region: Forni di Sopra-Sauris, Piancavallo, Sappada, Sella Nevea, Tarvisio and Ravascletto-Zoncolan.

It should be noted that the calendar foresees the opening of the ski lifts and recreational and sports activities on 8 December, snow and weather conditions permitting. Similarly the closing date for all the hubs is 21 March 2023, with the exception of Sella Nevea for which the end of season date is Monday 10 April. The season will be divided into two stages: low season (from the opening until Sunday 18 December 2022 and from Monday 13 March 2023 to the end of the season) and high season (from Monday 19 December 2022 to Sunday 12 March 2023). 

5. The Lussari torchlight procession 

On 1 January 2023 from the top of Mount Lussari some 250  skiers, each holding his or her own torch and dressed in traditional costumes, will descend for about 3.5 kilometres from the Di Prampero ski slope, leaving a luminous path. This unique choreographic event will be created thanks to the artisans of Camporosso, the master torchbearers who for generations have been studying the best materials for making torches. The public can watch the torchlight procession from both Lussari and Camporosso, and every year, the cable car respects a suitable closing time so that spectators can enjoy the spectacle until the last torch. 



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