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Basic information about Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located on the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy, borders Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east and Veneto Italy to the west. The Friuli area takes up around 90% of the total area of the country, while Venezia-Giulia covers the remaining 10%. The area is divided into four provinces: Gorizia, Udine, Pordenone and Trieste, a picturesque port city and capital of the region. Friuli-Venezia Giulia is characterised by varied landscapes including imposing mountain landscapes such as the Italian Alps, the Carnic Alps, the Eastern Dolomites, as well as the Julian Alps, the wonderfully hilly landscape with vineyards and, further south, the Mediterranean Adriatic coast by the sea. The delightful travel destination is rounded off by cultural sites well worth seeing, wonderful hiking trails and wonderful culinary treasures – the perfect holiday destination for those who love to exercise.

  • Pure pleasure awaits all guests in the wonderful hiking region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Read more on our Eurohike HikingBlog.

The most beautiful hiking tours in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Alpe-Adria-Trail: From Cividale to Trieste

On our walking holiday Alpe-Adria-Trail, 8 days you will experience an enjoyable, active break on foot that you will remember for a long time. Starting from Cividale del Friuli, you hike over six daily stages on good hiking trails, as well as forest and meadow paths to the regional capital Trieste. The daily tours offer plenty of opportunities to explore the region and get closer to the culture. The first two routes on the long-distance hiking trail lead you first to Prepotto and the next day to Šmartno in Brda in Slovenia. The next day the route leads you back to the Friulian Collio area and to Cormons. The hiking tour continues and on the following two days you march first to Gradisca d’Isonzo and finally to Duino/Sistiana. A visit to Duino Castle is definitely recommended. On the last stage you go on the picturesque Rilke trail in the footsteps of the famous poet Rainer Maria Rilke and end your hiking tour with a good Italian meal in the port city of Trieste.

Alpe-Adria Border Triangle Tour

You will get to know three cultures on our mountain hiking holiday Alpe-Adria Border Triangle Tour, 8 days. The hiking route on this long-distance hiking trail leads you over well-marked mountain and hiking trails through the three countries of Austria, Italy and Slovenia. The mountain hikes can be mastered wonderfully with a good basic level of fitness. Starting from Villach, you first hike to Feistritz an der Gail in Austria, then on to Camporosso and Monte Lussari in Italy and on the fifth day of your active trip to Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. After a day of rest, which offers the opportunity for a relaxed circular hike through Slovenia’s natural paradise, conclude your hiking holiday with the last day’s stage from Kranjska Gora to Villach. On this hiking tour you can explore three countries in just eight days and experience countless adventures.


Our hiking holiday Istria, 8 days, promises a sunny, active experience on the Mediterranean. Right at the beginning of your hiking holiday you can enjoy the atmosphere in the Italian port city of Trieste. The first hiking stage takes you from Trieste through the Rosandratal valley to Pesek in Slovenia and on the following day to Muggia, a small Italian community right by the sea. On the fourth day you leave Italy and hike over the border to Koper in Croatia. On the next hiking stages you will explore Piran on the Adria coast, Motovun in the interior of the country and finally your final stage destination Poreč on the east coast of the Croatian peninsula Istria. There is plenty to see on the way: Idyllic fishing villages, quiet towns, picturesque vineyards and the wonderful Mediterranean landscape of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

Wandern mit Blick auf Motovun in Istrien

From the Alps to the Adriatic Sea

Experience a wonderful hiking tour that takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea in Trieste. Your eight-day hiking tour begins in the mountain town of Tarvis with a circular hike to the pilgrimage site on Monte Lussari. On the third day, it goes through picturesque Venzone and over Monte Cumieli to Gemona. Your next stop is Udine, where museums, an art gallery, typical Italian café bars and numerous shopping opportunities await you. The route leads through the vineyards of the Collio to Gradisca d'Isonzo and the next day to the picturesque port city of Trieste. On the last day of hiking, a round trip in the direction of Slovenia with breathtaking views of Trieste provides the perfect conclusion to a successful break in Italy.

The Miramare Castle near Trieste

Useful information about hiking holidays in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Facts and details

  • Location: In northeast Italy
  • Area: 7,924 km²
  • Population: 1.2 million inhabitants
  • Capital: Trieste with approx. 204,234 inhabitants
  • Official language: Italian
  • Highest mountain: The Cima dei Preti at 2,706 metres in the southern Carnic Alps
  • Coast: 111 metres
  • Season: The best climate for hiking tours in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is from April to November
  • Special feature: The beautiful region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia offers fantastic opportunities for a pleasant break and lots of hiking options from the mountains in the north to the sea in the south.

Climate in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The regions in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are characterised by a mild climate and belong to the climatic zone of the subtropics. However, the weather may be different depending on the area. In the alpine regions in the north, it is a little colder and in winter there is snowfall at higher altitudes. In the southern hilly regions and on the Adriatic coast, on the other hand, the climate is mild and it can get hot, especially in summer months. A hiking holiday in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is wonderful from April and an active break in the great outdoors can be enjoyed up to late autumn. Wonderful climatic conditions for a successful walking holiday with luggage transfer.

Culture and tradition

The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is shaped by the influences of different cultures and languages. For the locals, the preservation of long-lived tradition and old customs is an important part of daily life. In recent years, numerous exhibitions have been brought into being in order to preserve this special identity and to bring it closer to visitors to the region. In Friuli, you can discover strong characteristics of the Friulian language and culture, while the region Venezia Giulia is shaped by the interwar period and Venetian influences. These diverse, cultural peculiarities can be discovered in the entire area of Friuli-Venezia Giulia – both in the northern areas of the Julian Alps and in the southern area on the coast.

Cuisine in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia, you don’t have to search long for culinary delights. Because with every step of the hike, you immerse yourself even further in the wonderful, enjoyable life of the region. The Friulian cuisine is based on the use of simple and regional ingredients and offers something for every palate. From the world-famous San Daniele ham, the cheese from Montasio, the sweet yeasted cake with dried fruit called Gubana, tasty dishes with meat and fish or the internationally famous spirit Grappa. A particularly long-lived and valuable tradition in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is wine culture. This is preserved to this day and attention is always paid to the highest quality vines. There is a reason why countless connoisseurs and wine fans make a pilgrimage to this region to taste the best wines and take a bottle or two home. After all, the fertile Po Valley and the hilly Collio area, as well as the mild climatic conditions, offer the ideal environment for the cultivation of good wine.

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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That depends entirely on your preferred time of year. Basically, you can enjoy a hiking holiday in Friuli-Venezia Giulia from April until the beginning of November.

We offer three wonderful hiking tours in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. A particularly popular and much-booked tour is the walking holiday Alpe-Adria-Trail, 8 days and the mountain hiking holiday Alpe-Adria Border Triangle Tour, 8 days. The hiking holiday Istria, 8 days, wonderfully combines wonderful parts of the region in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with neighbouring Croatia and Slovenia.

In the beautiful region there are many cultural highlights and sights that offer a successful change from active hiking. Plan a trip to the city of Aquileia and discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the Roman Empire, or explore the wonderful port city of Trieste during a stroll through the city. The charming towns of Udine, Grado, Gorizia and Pordenone are also wonderful destinations for excursions. For real gourmets, a trip to San Daniele is an absolute highlight, because the small town is world-famous for its wonderful San Daniele ham.

The beautiful area in northeast Italy combines the best of the region in terms of culture, tradition and cuisine. On a hiking tour you will discover these special features from the most beautiful side – on foot. The area in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is the ideal travel destination for active holidaymakers who are looking for delicious cuisine, excellent wines and unspoiled nature.

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