Austrian flair in Italy

The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is characterized by its Austrian architecture, which you will always come across. There were repeated disputes between Italy and Yugoslavia over Julian Venetia after the Second World War, but these were then settled in Italy’s favor.

Italy > Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia is an autonomous region in the north-east of Italy. The capital of the region is Trieste. An area of 7,924.36 km² is home to 1,192,898 inhabitants (as of September 30, 2022). The population density of 150.54 inhabitants/km² is below average compared to the rest of the country. The area of Friuli covers over 90% of the region. Between the World War I and World War II, Istria and parts of Dalmatia belonged to Julian Venetia. The Austrian influence on architecture is clearly visible in many cities. In addition to the official language Italian, German, Friulian and Slovenian are recognized as protected minority languages. The gross domestic product is above average in a European comparison. The unemployment rate is below average compared to the rest of the country. The food industry is of secondary importance in the region. The San Daniele ham, Illy coffee and many excellent white wines, which are grown on 25,000 hectares, are well known. The headquarters of Assicurazioni Generali are located in Trieste. The many small businesses in the textile and furniture sector are particularly noteworthy. Of course, the region has a well-developed tourist industry, especially as it is easily accessible for tourists from Austria and Germany. The seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro on the Adriatic are particularly popular. Famous personalities from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region include Italo Svevo (writer), Pier Paolo Pasolini (poet and director), Enzo Bearzot, Dino Zoff and Fabio Capello (soccer players and coaches).

Friuli Venezia Giulia consists of four so-called regional decentralization entities (formerly provinces), which we would like to introduce to you here.

  • Gorizia – Brief info with map available here: GORIZIA
  • Pordenone – Brief info with map available here: PORDENONE
  • Trieste – Brief info with map available here: TRIESTE
  • Udine – Brief info with map available here: UDINE

In many places in this region the splendor of old times can be recognized