Must-see attractions in Friuli Venezia Giulia

  • Gandino, Bergamo, Italy. The facade of the basilica of Saint Maria Assunta
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    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    The entire floor of the Latin cross-shaped basilica, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1348, is covered with one of the largest and most spectacular Roman…

  • Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli


    The mosaic school in Spilimbergo is one of Friuli's most fascinating places. Although established in 1922 in a post-war effort to provide vocational…

  • Miramare castle, Trieste, Italy.

    Castello di Miramare

    La Costiera Triestina

    Sitting on a rocky outcrop 7km from Trieste, Castello di Miramare is the city's elegiac bookend, the fanciful neo-Gothic home of the hapless Archduke…

  • Casa Cavazzini, seat of the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Udine.

    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art


    Udine’s modern and contemporary hub brings together a number of bequests, creating a substantial collection of 20th-century Italian artists, including De…

  • Revoltella museum building in the city center of Trieste.

    Museo Revoltella


    This extraordinary house-museum was the home of wealthy Triestini merchant Pasquale Revoltella, who made his fortune in the timber industry and had a hand…

  • Barbana Island and the Barbana sanctuary

    Santuario di Barbana


    Situated on an island in the lagoon, the Barbana sanctuary is an ancient shrine, the origins of which date back to 582. The current church dates to the…

  • Saint Spyridon Serbian Orthodox church in Trieste, Italy.

    Chiesa di Santo Spiridione


    Constructed from pearly white Istrian stone in 1868, the Serbian Orthodox church has a typical Byzantine style, its large central dome flanked by four…

  • The fresco entitled "Assunta" (Our Lady Assumption) by Giovan Battista Tiepolo on the ceiling of the Oratorio della Purità church.

    Oratorio della Purità


    This intimate oratory has a dramatic ceiling painting of the Assumption by Giambattista Tiepolo, with a glowing Madonna framed by tumbling, rather…

  • Museo del Monte San Michele

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    This small interactive museum deploys digital displays and an excellent virtual-reality experience to explore the horrors of the Italian front in the…

  • PAFF!


    This unique museum dedicated to the art of comic books and illustration is the only one of its kind in Europe and is the brainchild of Pordenone’s dynamic…

  • Faro della Vittoria


    Trieste’s elegant lighthouse, with its 68m-high, fluted tower and copper dome sporting a soaring Winged Victory, is perched on the Gretta Hill and worth a…

  • Risiera di San Sabba, a former nazi concentration camp in Trieste, Italy.

    Risiera di San Sabba


    This former rice-husking plant became a concentration camp in 1943 and has been a national monument and museum since the 1960s. The site commemorates the…

  • The Grand Canal of Trieste is a navigable canal located in the heart of the Borgo Teresiano, in the heart of the city.

    Borgo Teresiano


    Much of the graceful city-centre area north of Corso Italia dates to the 18th-century reign of Empress Maria Theresa, including the photogenic Canal…

  • Clock tower, Torre dell'Orologio, in Loggia di San Giovanni located in Piazza della Libertà in Udine.

    Piazza della Libertà


    A shimmering Renaissance epiphany materialising from the surrounding maze of medieval streets, Piazza della Libertà is dubbed the most beautiful Venetian…

  • Grotta gigante

    Grotta Gigante

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    The Carso's big-ticket attraction is this enormous underground cavern near the town of Opicina. At 120m high, 280m long and 65m wide, it's one of the…

  • Aquileia National Archaeological Museum

    Museo Archeologico Nazionale

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Opened in 1882, Aquileia’s archaeological museum is one of the oldest in Italy. Recently renovated, its rich and varied collection has been superbly…

  • The church Oratorio di Santa Maria in Valle, also known as Lombard Temple, in the city of Cividale del Friuli in Northern Italy.

    Tempietto Longobardo

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Cividale's most important sight is this stunning complex that houses the only surviving example of Lombard architecture and artwork in Europe. Built in…

  • People enjoying coffee at a famous coffeeshop at the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the main square in Trieste.

    Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia


    This vast public space – Italy's largest sea-facing piazza – is an elegant triumph of Austro-Hungarian town planning and contemporary civil pride…

  • Synagogue in Trieste, Italy



    This imposing and richly decorated neoclassical synagogue, built in 1912, is testament to Trieste's once significant Jewish community. Heavily damaged…

  • Portopiccolo

    La Costiera Triestina

    After 40 years of wrangling and €400 million, this immaculate, whitewashed resort has finally emerged from what was an abandoned quarry. Come for a day of…

  • Civico Museo Sartorio


    This elegant urban villa set in a large garden belonged to the haute bourgeoisie Sartorio family, who amassed a huge collection of art, ceramics and…

  • Galleria Harry Bertoia


    Named for designer Arieto Bertoia, author of the famous 1951 ‘Diamond Chair’ (a web-like chrome chair in the shape of a diamond), this smart little museum…

  • Sacrario militare di Redipuglia

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    The breathtaking war memorial of Redipuglia is the largest commemorative shrine in Italy and one of the largest in the world. Designed by Giovanni Greppi…

  • Castello


    Rebuilt in the mid-16th century after an earthquake in 1511, Udine's castle affords rare views of the city and snowy peaks beyond. It houses a number of…

  • Duomo & Museo Cristiano

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Cividale’s 16th-century, Venetian-Gothic cathedral sits on an ancient 8th-century church and is filled with unusual treasures. Among them is the lacquered…

  • Val Rosandra

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Southeast of Trieste is this natural wilderness, shaped by the passage of the Rosandra stream, which starts in Slovenia, tumbles off the Karst plateau and…

  • Biblioteca Guarneriana

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    The historic, wood-panelled library is one of Italy’s oldest and most venerated libraries, founded in 1466 by humanist Guarniero d’Artegna and later…

  • Museo Joyce & Svevo


    James Joyce would enjoy the irony: his museum really belongs to friend and fellow literary great, Italo Svevo, housing a significant collection of the…

  • Basilica di Sant'Eufemia


    Grado's historic core is dominated by this Romanesque basilica, dating to AD 579. Its rich interior decoration indicates its early importance when the…

  • Castello di Duino

    La Costiera Triestina

    Fourteen kilometres northwest along the coast from Miramare, this 14th- and 15th-century bastion picturesquely marches down the cliff, surrounded by a…

  • Parco Archeologico di Muggia Vecchia

    La Costiera Triestina

    Above the old fishing port of Muggia, at the top of Monte Castellier (170m), is a small archaeological park with the ruins of the original Roman castrum…

  • Castello di Gorizia

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Gorizia's main sight is its castle; perched atop a knoll-like hill it has served as a fortress, barracks and prison. It has some convincing recreations…

  • Galleria d'Arte Antica


    This 13-room gallery showcases the work of local and Venetian artists from the end of the 14th- to the early 19th-century. There are a handful of…

  • Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Constructed from 1654 to 1724, the onion-shaped domes of this high-baroque Jesuit church watch over Gorizia's old town square. The interior is richly…

  • Ponte del Diavolo

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Splitting the town in two is the symbolic Devil's Bridge that crosses the emerald green Natisone river. The 22m-high bridge was first constructed in the…

  • Chiesa di San Antonio Abate

    Friuli Venezia Giulia

    More beautiful than the cathedral is the deconsecrated church of San Antonio Abate (the patron saint of butchers), which is covered in vibrant frescoes by…

  • Statue of James Joyce


    James Joyce's presence in the city is palpable, but if you're not feeling it, this bronze statue will help. He's often surrounded by Irish visitors and…