One of the most important archaeological sites of north Italy, an Ancient Roman colonia (outpost) founded in 181 B.C. and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aquileia is a small municipality with a hugely rich history. The splendid Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and its early-Christian mosaic (IV c.) represent a milestone in the history of Italian art.
This amazing city is not just the star of innumerable postcards and many films: it actually exists, with all its bridges and gondoliers. Venice is no longer only the go-to destination for honeymooners or couples on romantic getaways, it attracts all kinds of tourists. So wander around its characteristic narrow streets, St Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs to soak in the city's true, mysterious essence.
Trieste is a beautiful, friendly border city featuring a busy port, the Molo Audace landmark and a succession of bays, little harbours and sheer cliffs topped by castles overlooking the sea, including the spectacular Miramare Castle. Famous for its many literary cafés, the city boasts an outstanding food-and-wine culture and sophisticated architectures. Characterised by the harsh karstic landscape, Trieste is a city which always surprises and charms its visitors.
Amidst marshes and canals, this ancient fishing village lies close to the sea. The Venetian-style old centre is a maze of narrow streets and tiny squares. This area lives on fishing and has over the years achieved great mastery in fish cookery. The Foci dello Stella regional nature reserve is one of the lagoon area’s most distinctive environments. Previously known as the Marano Lagunare Oasis, this protected area is the only one of its kind and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Apart from the famous ham named after the town, this hilly area is also well-known for the breathtaking vista of the surrounding region and the many pretty villages. The town’s public library is one of the oldest in Italy. Stroll around the narrow streets and squares of the old centre to enjoy its past rich in art and history. The town is skirted by the Tagliamento river and its mild air makes it the ideal destination for a relaxing, regenerating trip.
Founded by Julius Caesar, the town preserves archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic Eras. Today you can visit its numerous churches and aristocratic residences in addition to the evocative Devil's Bridge, which spans the Natisone river. Cividale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.