The cities of Friuli Venezia Giulia have seen foreign languages and have met distant cultures and religions from across the globe. All of this has contributed to the region’s local traditions which have been influenced throughout the centuries of rule by many civilisations; Celts, Romans, Huns, Lombards, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians. Thus, the region’s diverse historical past has resulted in – Trieste “dressed in Habsburg clothes” and Pordenone, titled the painted city, alternating between Roman, Baroque and Gothic influences. The region’s capital of Trieste still carries its cosmopolitan soul of a place where different cultures, languages, religions and traditions can meet. Continuing its historical importance as a port city that connected the East to the West and vice versa. Within the city one can visit many of its traditional historical cafés, a legacy of the ancient Central European tradition. A short bike ride away lies the Miramare Castle, situated on the Gulf of Trieste. It’s a 19th century castle that was built as a residence for the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg and later Charlotte of Belgium. The castle grounds include and extensive cliff and seashore park, which was mostly re-landscaped to feature numerous tropical species of trees and plants.
The city of Udine holds Giambattista Tiepolo’s treasures, Venice school’s last great painter. His art works can be seen in a number of historical buildings throughout the city. Towards the eastern border lies Gorizia, a city that crossroads three European cultures – Latin, Slav and Germanic. It was also the last city to tear down the wall of the Cold War between Eastern and Western Europe in 2004. The city’s climate was popular among the Habsburg bourgeoise and earned itself the nickname of the “Adriatic Nice”.
Lastly, the city of Pordenone boasts a charming historical centre with diverse architecture from the Romanesque churches, porticoes and frescoed façades – to the Baroque and Gothic buildings. Throughout the year the city hosts international art, music and literature festivals.
Article: Jethro Swift
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