Welcome to Friuli Venezia Giulia
With its triple-barrelled moniker, Friuli Venezia Giulia's multifaceted nature should come as no surprise. Cultural complexity is cherished in this small, little-visited region, tucked away on Italy's far northeastern borders with Austria and Slovenia. Friuli Venezia Giulia's landscapes offer profound contrasts too, with the foreboding, perpetually snowy Giulie and Carnic Alps in the north, idyllic grapevine-filled... Read More
Top experiences in Friuli Venezia Giulia
Friuli Venezia Giulia activities
Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour from Trieste
Ljubljana, the capital and largest city in Slovenia, is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative centre of the country. It is renowned for its rich history, which is reflected in the unique architectural heritage. Its old town centre is embraced by Ljubljana Castle and the river Ljubljanica where the feeling of the city is the strongest. On this trip, you will encounter ancient and modern architecture. We will visit the old town center where you will admire the works of the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who took an important part in designing the Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. In a little more than three decades, Jože Plečnik transformed Ljubljana from a provincial city to the capital of the Slovene nation and reshaped the urban part of the city. His influence can be felt everywhere, but mostly along the river Ljubljanica.On this trip, you will also visit some of the most interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Ljubljana Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, the Shoemakers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Cathedral, the Robba Fountain, Prešeren Square, Congress Square and other attractions. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon. It is depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle and on the Ljubljanica - crossing Dragon Bridge. It symbolizes power, courage and greatness.Bled is an Alpine town which represents one of the oldest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Slovenia. Its main attraction is the lake which surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church has a make-a-wish bell and is frequently visited by newlyweds and other guests. Lake Bled will certainly leave you speechless since it offers various sport activities. You will walk around the lake enjoying the fresh alpine air watching swans and ducks at play. You will also admire Bled Castle built on a precipice above the glacial lake which according to written sources is the oldest Slovene castle. At the end of the day, pass by some other local monuments and refresh yourselves with a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called cremeschnitte (kremšnita - extra). You will also have a chance to take some beautiful photos of the lake, island, castle and the nearby Alps.
Discover Trieste on Foot
The guide will take you to the most important highlights of the city, which are the Audace pier, built in the 18th century and originally called the pier of San Carlo and it extends for into the sea. Very famous in Trieste is Piazza Unità d'Italia, which is one of the most unique major markets for its spaciousness, vicinity of the sea and many important buildings, which will take your breath away.At the Stock market you can see the best example of neo-classical arhitecture and hear about trading, then see the Grand Canal, originally the main river canal for the salt pans. In the 19th century the Ponte Rosso or Red bridge was built and the area got known for its rich marketplace, for which is still well known today.At Market of St. Anthony, the guide will explain the cultural and religious diversity of Trieste. A Roman theatre is located below the hill of St. Giusto. The theater was lost under the new buildings and then re-discovered in the early 19th century. Then see the church of St. Mary, which was built by Jesuits and today shows its baroque characteristics.The tour lasts around two hours but may be shortened or extended. Because of the private nature of the tour and the experienced guide, it can be adapted to your interests.
Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves Day Trip from Trieste
Your guide will meet you at the passenger terminal to escort you to the Lipica Stud Farm, one of the oldest stud farms in the world. In a unique natural environment, in the middle of fairy meadows and the shade of oak and chestnut trees, you will find beautiful white horses that will certainly enchant you. Taking a walk on the Stud Farm estate is like traveling through history. The old manor house and the gracefulness of the Lipizzan horse will take you back in time to when horse carriages were the most prominent way of transport. For more than 400-years, the tradition of breeding these white horses has been preserved in the center of the unique Karst landscape, which today represents one of the most beautiful natural and cultural monuments in Slovenia. On your trip, you will experience the world of the Lipizzan horse, walk through the stable and visit Lipikum, the Lipizzaner Museum dedicated to various aspects of the stud and the Lipizzan breed.You will then explore Škocjan Caves, a cave system in Slovenia which together with the underground stream of the Reka river represents the most important natural phenomenon of the Karst region and one of the largest underground canyons in the world. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. Its colorful underground world is adorned with giant stalactites, water rapids and beautiful lakes. On your trip, you will view the world’s largest underground canyon and walk across the bridge which is situated 131-feet (40-meters) above the underground river. The panoramic view at the exit of the cave will certainly leave you speechless. The final stop on your tour will take you to the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, which is like an open-air museum, is well-known for its ethnological, karstological, geological and archaeological monuments, as well as for its natural and cultural heritage. You can relax and stroll through the park, enjoying the unspoiled nature. Your tour will conclude at the passenger terminal.
Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour
On the morning tour option, meet your private guide at your centrally-located hotel in Trieste or at the port to start exploring the city. To discover the roots of Trieste, you'll reach the hill of San Giusto, site of ancient Roman ruins, the medieval Castle and the Cathedral of San Giusto, which preserves stunning Byzantine mosaics and medieval frescoes. In the Lower Town, stroll along an elegant seafront and the Theresian District and be impressed by the beauty of Trieste's palaces and buildings, including the Teatro Verdi Opera House, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Greek and Serbian Orthodox chapels, and the imposing church of St. Anthony near the Grand Canal. Your tour will conclude in the splendid Piazza Unità d’Italia, Italy’s largest square overlooking the sea, where you can enjoy an Italian gelato, cappuccino or espresso. If you'd like to enjoy the afternoon tour, you will also meet your guide at your centrally-located hotel in Trieste or from the port. Then, hop aboard a private vehicle and drive first to the Risiera of St. Sabba, the only Nazi concentration camp in Italy. See the various parts of the facility that served as a detention camp for political prisoners and transit area for Jews, most of whom were deported to Auschwitz. Explore the museum, see the photographs and documents, and get personalized attention while hearing of the prisoners that suffered there. After touring the site, transfer to Miramare to visit the romantic residence of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium, and its beautiful park. See its interiors featuring sumptuous original furniture and decorations and take a walk in its surrounding English and Italian-style garden rich in rare plants, sculptures and ponds. Enshrined in the coastal rocks, the Castle of Miramare also gives visitors the chance to admire the most enchanting views of Trieste and its gulf. Return to Piazza Unità d'Italia at the end of the tour.You also have the option of a full-day tour, which combines all the sites and activities of the morning and afternoon tours for a full immersion in Trieste.