Discover an unexpected Italian Region – Water is at the Heart of Life and part of every part of humanity. People drink, build, play, fish, power with water and so much more. Cherish it.
Wednsday, June 6th
10.45 am arrival at Venice airport
A driver will be waiting for you at the arrival area.
Transfer to Friulian Dolomites (1h30/2h approximately)
1/1.30 pm Meeting with Tatjana Familio and Linda Marcuzzi from the Tourist Board and lunch @
Via Roma, 7
33080 Cimolais PN
Tel 0427 87060
A short stroll in the Friulian Dolomites, Unesco World heritage site, to see the extraordinary pinnacle Campanile di Val Montanaia well-known to climbers from all over Europe.
The Friulian Dolomites are the most western mountain area of Friuli Venezia Giulia and include the Valcellina, the Valle del Tagliamento and Val Tramontina valleys. The high degree of wilderness that they still retain means makes them the most untouched area of the entire Dolomites massif.
The Friulan Dolomites are a paradise for hikers and cross-country skiers, fans of nordic walking, climbing and ice climbing. With their skyline that makes you think of a series of churches with their bell towers and the colours of the sunset reflecting on the rock, they are a favourite with photographers. Well-kept paths and trails allow you to cross the eponymous natural park or follow a loop of trails which go from chalet to chalet.
5.30 pm departure and check in @
Villa Verde Hotel&Resort****
Via delle Acacie, 1
33034 Fagagna (UD) – Italy
7.30 pm Dinner at the Resort
Thursady, June 7th
9.00 am check out and departure
9.30 am Udine city tour
Udine is a town with squares of Venetian charm and ancient buildings: from Piazza Libertà, defined as “the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland”, to Piazza Matteotti (or Herbal) which, all surrounded by porticos, seems to be an open-air lounge; here you can observe the slideshow of ancient and colourful historical buildings which impart the spirit of Udine.
On the hill of the town rises the castle : from its walls you can see the whole city, the mountains all around it, whereas to the south, less than an hour’s drive away, there is the Adriatic Sea.
In the eighteenth century, Udine was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo who reached his artistic maturity here: today, his masterpieces can be admired in the Gallerie del Tiepolo (in the Patriarchal Palace), in the Duomo (Cathedral), and in the Chiesa della Purità. Today, Udine is a city that is open to innovation while tying its image to authentic taverns where one of the most-loved rituals is celebrated namely, the tasting of a goblet of wine (tajut) all in a very human and cordial atmosphere.
1 – 4 pm Cooking lesson & lunch @
Risotrante La Taverna
Piazza Castello, 2
33010 Colloredo di Monte Albano
5.30 pm Check in @
Riva Brioni, 17
34073 Grado (GO)
7 pm Stroll in Grado and dinner @
Calle Porta Piccola, 6
Tel: +39 0431 80950
Grado, the “Golden Island”, stands in a picturesque lagoon amidst a maize of small islands. Joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, has a graceful Venetian style historic town centre where you can wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen’s houses: a charming world of its own where time seems to have stopped.
In the wonderful setting of “Campo dei Patriarchi” in the “old city” you can admire the early Christian buildings such as the Basilica dedicated to Santa Eufemia, from which top stands the statue of the Angel San Michele (called “Anzolo” and symbol of the city), the Baptistery and the Lapidarium. Moreover, there, you can visit the Basilica dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, the oldest of Grado.
A very relaxing fine-sanded beach, classed as an environmentally protected “Bandiera Blu” beach for many years now. In Grado you will find good quality service with an emphasis on comfort and safety for children, who can play for hours in the shallow, clean and always calm water.
Up to the beginning of the 19th century, the Hapsburg aristocracy used to come here to bathe and use the excellent seaside thermal springs.
Friday, June 8th
9.30 am Boat tour in the Grado lagoon
The lagoon is a spectacular natural setting in which Grado lies in the Adriatic sea.
A small fantastic world, immersed in the calm of nature with the intertwining canals and streams, paths of faith of ancient origin as witnessed by the Sanctuary of Mary of the Island of Barbana, one of the most visited in Italy.
An area rich in history in which archaeological finds reveal the ancient Roman road, now completely covered by water, that connected Aquileia to Grado. And the presence of the casoni, characteristic housing with straw roofs, takes us back to the time they were inhabited by fishermen.
The lagoon is an area fertile in trees, in particular, tamarisk, elm, poplar, junipers and pines, whilst the fauna presents a considerable variety of birds such as gulls, grey herons, wild ducks, sea swallows.
12 am Lunch in the lagoon
5 pm Aquileia guided tour
Aquileia was an important city of the Roman Empire and then the main centre for the diffusion of Christianity in Northern and Eastern Europe. It has been a UNESCO site since 1998 due to the importance of its archaeological area and the beauty of the floor mosaics that it safeguards. Among them, the largest and most well-known attraction is the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the fourth century. However, added to this are other precious mosaic remains from the Roman and early Christian ages, which make Aquileia a kind of capital of the Western Roman mosaic.
6.30 pm transfer to Collio wine area
Dress code: casual / casual chic (i.e. a jacket could be useful because of the dinner in the winery)
All press tours of “BUY Friuli Venezia Giulia” event will joint @
Russiz Superiore winery
Via Russiz, 7 – 34070
CAPRIVA DEL FRIULI (GO)
Tel. +39 0481 80328 / +39 0481 99164
Fax 39 0481 808398
A special taste of Wine and Dine route of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the new food&wine regional project launched in 2017.
A unique trail, perfectly connecting the Friuli Venezia Giulia coast with its mountains, travelling through its vineyards and hills, and creating a network of regional food and wine resources together with cultural and environmental ones, in order to build a transversal and integrated product to enhance food and wine tourism and make it more accessible for tourists. This is the ambitious goal of the project which brings an important change to the Italian wine tourism world: Friuli Venezia Giulia is in fact the first region in Italy to regulate (art. 6 of the Regional Law 22/2015) the administration of traditional agro-food production, and speciality and quality non-cooked production along with tastings during wine cellar visits.
Overnight stay in Grado
Saturday, June 9th
8.30 am check out and departure
9.30 -12.30 am Trieste city tour
Trieste is the most international city in the region, suspended between a glorious past and the present cosmopolitan city. From the Audace pier to the old Lanterna, there is a succession of sails, antique shop window displays, shops and beautiful buildings: in the distance, one can glimpse the white profile of Miramare, the romantic castle of Maximilian and Charlotte of Hapsburg. A journey to discover the city’s history, literature and art, from the Roman era to medieval wonders, to the Habsburg splendour. The wealth of architectural styles in the palaces in Trieste is remarkable: Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Eclectic and Baroque, coexisting in a harmonious blend with Roman remains, eighteenth century buildings and Hapsburg style buildings.
Coffee is one of the flagship products of Trieste, city of a mixture of religions: this is evident as soon as you arrive in the city, which, for many centuries, has had (amongst others) a Greek Orthodox Church, a Serbian Orthodox Church, a Synagogue, a Lutheran Evangelical Church and, the oldest of all, a Swiss Evangelical Church.
Trieste means love of the sea too: people here love going to the sea, and the beach resorts – or ‘bagni’, in local slang – are frequented all the year round, for sunbathing, swimming or just strolling.
12.30 pm Lunch @Harry’s
Piazza Unità d’Italia, 2
3 pm A very special Italian style transfer
4 pm check in @
Strada Costiera km 137
Tel +39 040 291291
4 – 5 pm Guided tour @Portopiccolo luxury resort
7.30 pm Aperitif at Maxi’s Beach Bar in Portopiccolo and special dinner @PortoPiccolo with all the BUY FVG participants (press&tour operators)
Dress code: casual chic
Monday, June 11th
5.30 am (timetable to be confimed) Transfer to Venice Airport
A presto in Friuli Venezia Giulia!