Summer lasts longer in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Come and see for yourself

By Monday, 05 September 2022 00:01
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As Summer rolls on it’s time to experience Friuli Venezia Giulia, from the Alps and the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, crossing plains, hills, rivers and lakes.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia region has planned a cornucopia of entertainment and activities with an excursion calendar, up to October 2022, that is packed with outdoor activities, coastal adventures and opportunities to discover the region's most characteristic flavours.

These include gourmet experiences on boats, picnics in vineyards, astro-trekking and river-trekking, canoe trips on the lagoon and cooking workshops for baby chefs.

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Sea&Taste: what the sea teaches us about culture and flavours 

Gourmet experiences on boats, winery visits and tastings, sunset cocktails overlooking the magical lagoon, Sea & Taste has an exciting calendar of activities departing from Lignano Sabbiadoro and Grado. Running up to 30 September, with dates that vary according to the different activities, there will be over a hundred different ways of experiencing the sea, while also discovering the history and traditions of the immediate hinterland. 

You can choose between a fascinating trip to Aquileia, a guided tour to Lignano Sabbiadoro’s beach, lagoon, architecture and mosaics, a canoe excursion on the lagoon, or by exploring the Gigante and Trieste caves, with a stop in the Carso for a rebechin, which is Trieste’s typical snack. In Grado sunset will be the moment to enjoy the lagoon and savour local cuisine on a motorboat, and also to set sail to discover Marano Lagunare where a guided walking tour on the calli e campielli alleyways and squares of the old town centre, will open the door to a seaside village where time seems to have stood still. 

For information: www.turismofvg.it/it/mare/sea-taste

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Food and wine: the central theme together with music and nature

Nature bathing in vineyards, picnics and experiences to enjoy with family or friends. The common thread of all the summer events in the orchards of Friuli Venezia Giulia is food and wine, with the Wine and Taste Route. PromoTurismoFVG, in collaboration with local concerns and Wine and Taste Route members has prepared a varied programme of events that will help visitors to familiarize with the region by getting to know its many excellent and typical products.

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Art&Taste is the perfect choice for those wanting to combine music with a good glass of wine and some traditional dishes. Classical, pop, rock and jazz music will provide the backdrop for the summer nights with the wine cellars transformed into stages with live music.

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Nature Bathing is a way to rediscover our inner balance and wellbeing: a regenerating barefoot walk through vineyards, accompanied by vine-dressers, to discover the secrets of the vines, followed by a tasting of the winery's production paired with local products. This is the ideal way to discover the area's wine culture. www.turismofvg.it/it/esperienza-nature-bathing-tra-le-vigne

Family&Taste is aimed at kids, with a series of kitchen and mini workshops to familiarize them with the region's products and culinary traditions. The Pic&Taste summer picnics are organised by the various regional wineries and companies with tastings of wines, artisan beers and typical products in natural settings. The areas and experiences, subdivided by area, can be chosen at: https://www.turismofvg.it/strada-del-vino-e-dei-sapori 

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A constantly updated programme of events including dinners and vineyard walks, shows and outings to discover astro-trekking in the vineyards (www.turismofvg.it/it/eventi-food-wine).

Daily mountain excursions for altitude enthusiasts, from the most experienced to those approaching the peaks for the first time, with an entertaining calendar that connects the entire Alpine arc of Friuli Venezia Giulia, from the Friulian Dolomites to the Julian Alps, crossing Carnia, and from the descent into the Torre and Natisone Valleys to the Karst area. A great way to relax, with entertainment, recreation and activities for all ages.

The mountains of Friuli Venezia Giulia welcome the summer with something for everyone, from hiking, geo-trekking, river-trekking, canyoning and soft rafting along rivers and streams for the more adventurous, to ziplines, paragliding and botanical walks, hay workshops and bike rides also for families and children, without forgetting outings to discover the typical malghe shepherd's huts.  

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360 degrees in nature

From the museums of the Great War to the mining tradition of the little town of Cave del Predil, from the German-speaking islands of Sauris and Sappada to the clocks of Pesariis, the mountains of Friuli Venezia Giulia preserve and guard endless expressions of art and culture studded with charming, enchanted small towns. Anyone interested in traditions will not want to miss an excursion to discover the fascinating history of the Monte Croce Carnico pass. Another unique event is the herb harvest followed by a show-cooking session which is absolutely the best way to savour the genuineness of the local raw materials used in traditional dishes.

To discover all the possibilities offered by the mountains of Friuli Venezia Giulia: www.turismofvg.it/it/montagna365

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Culture and outdoors: guided tours and Hop on Hop off Collio

Following in the footsteps of Carlo Michelstaedter we retrace the town of Gorizia as it was at the turn of the century. It will be in the spotlight in 2025 when, together with Nova Gorica, it will be the European Capital of Culture. Trieste, on the other hand reveals its legends and mysteries and celebrates the centenary anniversary of Joyce's Ulysses and the 140th anniversary of the Irish writer's birth.

There are itineraries in the footsteps of Pasolini, one hundred years after his birth, to discover Casarsa della Delizia and the places that link the author to this land. But also a stroll through romantic and elegant Udine, Aquileia and the glories of the ancient Roman Empire, and the Pordenone area to discover medieval art and the mosaics of Spilimbergo. 

With a wide range of visits and guided tours to discover the cultural heritage of the region, the FVGcard gives free access to a series of partner facilities with discounts and promotions. The card can be purchased online or at the region's infopoints www.turismofvg.it/fvg-card.

For bikers the novelty is the Hop on hop off - Tour sui Colli, three slow routes to discover the territory on two wheels. The result of the collaboration between PromoTurismoFVG and Apt Gorizia, this service allows travelling some routes by bus and others by bicycle, combining cultural and food and wine experiences with immersive cycling in the enchanting landscapes of the Collio and Colli Orientali.

The Hop on hop off Collio&Colli tour starts in Grado, crosses the Collio as far as Cividale, by bus and by bicycle, passing vineyards, places of art and picturesque villages. The Lombards in FVG tour departs from Grado and leads to the Longobard settlements in Cividale del Friuli and the Roman settlement of Isonzo, passing through Cormòns, the heart of the Collio. Tasting the Collio, which also starts in Grado, is a food and wine tour to discover the flavours and products of the area, passing through the region’s spectacular hilly landscape.

For information: www.turismofvg.it/booking-delle-esperienze

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