Friuli is part of the administrative region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, in North-East Italy, bordering Slovenia and Austria. Not very known even inside Italy, it is home to a rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Its sandy beaches of Lignano and Grado are less than two hours away from the beautiful Alps; the cities showcase architectural styles and art collections spanning centuries; and the food and wine scene is on par with what anyone is expecting from Italy.
Through history Friuli has been a melting pot of Roman, Germanic, and Slavic cultures which still shapes the land and the people to this day. Ancient Roman ruins, medieval castles and villages, Venetian villas, and more can all be found in a radius of 60km from the main city of the region, Udine.
Food and wine are pillars of the Friulan culture: the wines, particularly the whites, benefit of the unique environment and are appreciated beyond the boundaries of Friuli. The same can be said for some food products exported all around the world such as Prosciutto di San Daniele and Montasio cheese.
If you want to know more about this beautiful corner of Italy, we invite you to become a member of our Society and have a taste of Friuli here in Vancouver.