The Friuli Venezia Giulia coast and its countryside, in the middle of Central Europe, are areas with a millenarian history

For an alternative to the beach, you will be spoiled for choice: just a few kilometres away you will find an incredible wealth of historical, cultural and artistic heritage.

During Roman times Aquileia was one of the Empire’s most important ports and today it offers visitors some of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, with its early Christian basilica and its unsurpassable mosaics, which are famous worldwide.

Without a doubt, Cividale del Friuli is worth a visit, the ancient Forum Iulii from which the entire region took its name. It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2011 thanks to the importance and beauty of its Lombard relics, enclosed within the ancient, medieval town that has been perfectly preserved.

At Villa Manin di Passariano, a venetian villa that is home to important, international art exhibitions, you can still feel the presence of Napoleon, who stayed here and reinforced the bastion of the city-fortress of Palmanova, which features a distinctive nine-point star shaped construction.

Explore Udine too, the capital of the Friuli region and a lively, well-maintained university city.

Savour the Austro-Hungarian atmosphere of Trieste, with its Viennese style cafes and the unique landscapes of the Karst, locations that staged the First World War, alongside the Gorizia Collio area.

And let’s not forget about Venice, la Serenissima as it is known, which is waiting for you with its ancient history at just hop to the south.