A friend asked me for a draft itinerary in Friuli Venezia Giulia for a few days. I planned a four night stay that at this point wish to share with you all. The route is questionable but intends to make a rudimentary selection that may be useful to those who practice for the first time a small tour in this border region. I emphasize that the route favors the historical and artistic more than the natural.
Usually I prefer to scan the available time in nights instead of the classic days because I find the latter category rather difficult to interpret. I suggest to divide equally the four nights between Udine and Trieste. In Trieste in particular I report an address in which to sleep, The Tree Hidden which is worthwhile and unique. Given the limited time you must make choices. I advice you to see Udine (Patriarchal Palace with Tiepolo Galleries, Cathedral, Church of Purity) over an afternoon and to spend an evening (the inevitable rite of tajut, the glass of wine in the company). The Venetian charm and elegance of this city will surprise you. Near Udine be sure to visit the splendid Villa Manin in Passariano Codroipo (which in 1797 hosted Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops and was based in the same year the Treaty of Campo Formio) and Lombard Cividale.
On the road between Udine and Trieste you must not miss a visit to the fortress town of Palmanova, star shaped and well preserved, Aquileia and its mosaics, the Grado lagoon and if the light allows the Nature Reserve of the Isonzo River’s Mouth. In Trieste it is a must to visit the picturesque Miramare Castle and its memorable Habsburg, the magnificent Cathedral, the Museum Revoltella (very good accommodation by Carlo Scarpa), the literary cafes (Caffè Tommaseo is one of the most characteristic but there is plenty of choice) that dot the city center and if there is time you should enjoy a healthy dose of good humor at Risiera.
Tips include to think of visiting San Sabba first so as not to leave for Trieste with a bitter taste in the mouth. Visit Miramare in or out of the city due to its location and the abundant flow of tourists. We recommend you visit the Friuli Venezia Giulia in late spring which is my favorite season for goals such as Habsburg. Have a good trip.