Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region that comprises many different landscapes. In fact this region is located in the Northeastern end of Italy, on the border with Slovenia and Austria and it overlooks the Adriatic Sea. The Karst plateau is characterized by a stunning landscape formed by bare rock carved by wind and water. Soil erosion has shaped an infinite number of caves and "springs" from which the phenomenon of "karst" derives its name. Moving further North, the spectacular high mountain views of the Eastern Dolomites await you. The latter, with their lakes, valleys and protected areas have been recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, Carnia and the Julian Alps. From the border with Veneto to Monfalcone there is a gradual change of the coastline: from the sandy beaches typical of tourist destinations such as Lignano to the rocky ones of Trieste. The great variety of landscapes is combined with a rich and various cultural heritage. This land has a complex history and different populations have settled in its territories. For this reason Friuli Venezia Giulia is the "land of contrasts": it is a small universe in which different traditions intertwine. Ippolito Nievo, an illustrious 19th century writer, used to describe Friuli Venezia Giulia with these verses: " ...Friuli is a small compendium of the Universe: mountains, plains and lagoon in sixty miles from sunset to noon "
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA: A LAND OF SPORT AND OF SPORTSMEN
Do sports fans go to heaven? Yes, but only if they come to Friuli Venezia Giulia. The merit is its geographical conformation: the only one of its kind in the world. Well, on the other hand... it is a masterpiece of Mother Nature.
Here, the schedule of sports events is very dense in all seasons. In winter, one of the most important stages of the World Cup Circuit hosts the best snowboarders. Meanwhile, Sella Nevea is a constant appointment for the fast skiing disciplines of the European Alpine Skiing Cup.
In the spring, road races are the main protagonists. The season starts with the Maratonina di Brugnera in March and then continues with the half marathon in Trieste at the beginning of May. This takes place in the month that often overlaps the stages of the Giro d'Italia. And, the hills of Friuli Venezia Giulia have written crucial pages in the history of the pink race for over 20 years. In a nutshell, kilometres of asphalt are milled here.
Summer? No need to get bored! The legendary Rally of Friuli and the Eastern Alps combines the competition of modern cars with the prestigious race of the European Historic Car Championship. At the end of September, the streets of Udine and Pordenone are livened up by the runners of two half marathons: Maratonina Udinese and Maratonina dei Borghi. Last but not least, fall in Friuli Venezia Giulia is associated with Barcolana: a sailing regatta with the largest number of participants in the world. An extrordinary sport event that has become, over the years, the most important festival in Trieste and one of the main tourist attractions in the North-East of Italy. A marvellous festival that offers 10 days of events on land and at sea and that makes Trieste the European capital of sailing. And of course, the end of October it’s MYTHO MARATHON TIME, your change to Be part of the Myth!
FVG MYTHO MARATHON CARD
On the occasion of the Mytho Marathon, PromoturismoFVG provides the FVG MYTHO MARATHON CARD free of charge. This card will give you access to all guided tours and tastings in all three UNESCO cities. But that's not all! It will include a visit to Villa de Claricini, the FUC Udine-Cividale link and guided tours of Udine and Trieste. This integrated proposal will be modified in the following years according to the transfer of the Mytho Marathon headquarters. FVG MYTHO MARATHON CARD is availale only to those who purchase the accommodation package. We rimend you that the package is sold only trhough the appointed travel agency (Yestour TO). FVGCard: A pass with many services to get to know Friuli Venezia Giulia! Follow your personalised itinenary to discover Friuli Venezia Giulia among art, culture, sea, mountains, and wellness!
How it works: FVGcard is a digital nominative card thatl asts 48 hours or 1 week (from the first use) and that allows you to visit affiliated facilities freee of charge and to benefit from special discounts. Validity: The card is also valid for 1 child under 12 years old (except for certain facilitates, indicates in the guide). Free tickets are valid only once per facility/service. How to use: show the QR code received by e-amail (from the phone or printend form) to the staff of the museums or attractions included in the FVGcard. How to activate: The card is activated when the QR code is read for the frist time. Form this moment on, the Card is valid for the next 48 hours or a week (depending on the type of card purchased).
TIEPOLO. INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION “LA FORMA DELL’INFINITO” (THE SHAPE OF THE INFINE) AT CASA CAVAZZINI
Udine reflects its Venetian charm in its squares and ancient buildings. One of the most important squares is Piazza Libertà, which was even described as 'the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland'. A few steps further on is Piazza Matteotti, surrounded by porticoes and colourful old buildings. Also known as “Piazza delle erbe” (Herb Square) because of its weekly market, it looks like a real open-air living room, where people like to meet. Another unique feature of Udine is the Castle Hill, which stands right in the town centre. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view that stretches as far north as the Alps and as far south as the Adriatic Sea. Giambattista Tiepolo lived in Udine and he reached his artistic maturity here. Today his masterpieces are on display in the Tiepolo Galleries (in the Palazzo Patriarcale), in Duomo (the Cathedral) and in the Church of the Purità. Udine is a town full of traditions that can be enjoyed in the authentic taverns. One of the most popular rituals is celebrated here: the tasting of a glass of wine (tajut) in a convivial atmosphere.
Mythomarathon is an excellent opportunity to visit the International Exhibition “La forma dell’infinito” ("The shape of infinity") at Casa Cavazzini. The exhibition is organised by the San Floriano Committee and includes works by great names such as Picasso, Gauguin, Monet, Kandinsky and Dalì.
Helicopter flight over three UNESCO sites
Have you ever flown in helicopter? This is your chance! You have three unique and exciting proposals at your disposal, both for athletes and companions. You will finally admire Friuli Venezia Gilia from another point of view! On Sunday the 31st of October you will have the chance to join a panoramic flight over Cividale del Friuli and the surrounding hills. You will also have the option of a flight over the starry city of Palmanova and the achaeological heritage of Aquileia.
Hot air balloon flight
This is unique and extraordinary experience to enjoy a breathtaking view of Friuli Venezia Giulia in total peacefulness. Don't miss the chance to try it at least once in your life!
NATURE EXPERIENCE - NATISONE VALLEYS
The Natisone valleys are in the easternmost part of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, a true paradise for those who love wild nature. The package offers an exclusive stay with a wide range of trekking, mountain bike trails and excursions to discover the Natisone River Gorge. Ther will als be historical-artistic and faith-based visits to the Sanctuary of Castelmonte and the cave of San Giovanni d'Antro. All enriched by tastings of typical local products and D.O.C. wines from the Colly Orientali del Friuli.