Though most commonly used as a crossroads, this newly
created region of Italy has spent much of the last several
hundred years as part of Germany and Austria.
Indeed it was not granted the independence it is known
until the late 1960s. Today, most of the travel between
Italy and Eastern Europe goes though this area, as it
borders both Austria and Slovenia.
The capital of Trieste is an ancient port city of the
Adriatic that has been the site of much wealth and culture,
rivalling Naples and Florence throughout much of its
Agriculture is a very important part of the economy,
with cattle and pigs being very important. There is
also quite a bit of wine production as well as the distillation
The climate and terrain vary from alpine in the north
to quite mild by the sea.
Of the four provinces that make up the Friuli-Venezia
Giulia region, the largest is the only one without a
Visitors will enjoy the relative peace and natural
beauty this often-forgotten region has to offer.