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Friuli & Trieste

1 October 2022

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Nigel McGilchrist takes you on a fabulous adventure to this lesser-known region of northern Italy, discovering artistic treasures in its capital, Trieste, and beyond. Indulge in culinary delights as you explore alpine landscapes and the ancient ports of Aquileia and Grado.
  • Explore the little-known Friuli region, with its Alpine peaks, Romanesque bell-towers and Venetian Gothic palazzo
  • Discover some of the region’s many outstanding artistic treasures from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the centuries-long rule of the Serenissima
  • Sample Friuli’s culinary delights, from funghi porchini to prize-winning prosciutto
  • Visit Aquileia and Grado, some of Ancient Rome’s most powerful ports
Friuli Venezia-Giulia with its capital Trieste represents a true central-European cultural landscape, stretching between the Carnic and Julian Alps and the vast lagoons of the Adriatic coast. Under the shared auspices of the Venetian Lion of St Mark and of the double-headed imperial eagle of the Habsburgs, the threshold to the Balkans in the extreme north-east of Italy has always stood apart for its own particular artistic, historical and even linguistic heritage, shaped by Italians, Slavs and Germans. One of Italy’s five autonomous regions, it harbours many outstanding artistic treasures from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the century-long rule of the Serenissima: exquisite Roman and early Christian mosaics in the former Roman metropolis of Aquileia, rare sculpture and goldwork in the Longobard stronghold of Cividale, and brilliant frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo in Venetian Udine. Trieste, on the other hand, is an intriguing combination of Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean, a slice of Vienna by the sea, as exposed to the southerly Scirocco and the north easterly Bora as it is to diverse cultural and political influences. Smaller towns such as San Daniele are home to splendidly decorated churches and painted palaces, while the varied countryside is dotted with rugged castles and elegant villas, little known even among Italians. In addition, the region offers delicious wines and culinary delights from funghi porcini to prize-winning prosciutto, complementing this tour’s many artistic highlights.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation


Hotel Astoria, Udine


Astoria Hotel Italia is an elegant building situated in the historic city centre, just at the front door of the pedestrian area. Thanks to this excellent location, Guests can easily discover the artistic, cultural and leisure activities of Udine.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning 

Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace


Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace is a luxury hotel that immediately evokes Mitteleuropean splendour. It was first opened in 1911 and throughout its history has hosted artists, diplomats and an international elite travelling on their “Grand Tour”. The rooms have been restyled with a blend of classical and contemporary elegance. The hotel also has a quiet library and a gourmet restaurant

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • 220 AC
  • Adapter plugs available
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathtub
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Espresso machine
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Luxury Bathroom Amenities
  • Mini Bar
  • No Smoking Room
  • Pillow Menu
  • Room service 24 hours
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Smoke Detector
  • Telephone
  • Turndown Service
  • VIP treatment
  • WIFI internet