"ONCE A YEAR, GO SOMEPLACE
YOU'VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE."
FUN THINGS TO DO
ARE YOU TIRED OF VISITING CITIES?
HERE YOU CAN FIND SOME FUN THINGS TO DO
VISIT FRIULI UNDER THE GROUND! EXPLORE THE "GROTTA GIGANTE" - "THE GIANT CAVE" LOCATED IN 'SGONICO' - NEAR TRIESTE. IT'S SO BIG THAT ITS EVEN ON THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS LIST.
Friuli Venezia Giulia is not only nice and interesting above the ground but also underneath! There are many caves, from small to large, especially in the area of Trieste. Here the landscape is made of karst rocks (rich in limestone), also known as 'il Carso'. This type of rock allows water to pass over it easily, which allows caves to form.
The most famous cave is the giant cave "La Grotte Gigante" in Sgonico, near Trieste. The great room is so huge that there is a joke that St. Peter's Dome in Rome can fit into it. It’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records. Click the link for more information about the cave.
Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city during your holiday in Trieste? Well, you can. Within a few kilometers drive you will find the valley "Val Rosandra" on the border with Slovenia. It is a beautiful nature reserve where you can walk and cycle (the old rails were converted to bike paths). With a little luck, you may be able to stand face to face with a herd of ibex.
The Rosandra River runs through the valley and is the only river in the province of Trieste that runs above ground. All others pass through the porous limestone and then go underground. There is even a waterfall! The Romans knew how to use this river very well and starting here they built the aqueduct that ran to the Roman city of Tergeste (currently called Trieste).
This walk is good for young and old. You can occasionally stop to get some food in the typical small "agritourism" where you will only find dishes that are grown or bred by the owners.
GO HIKING IN THE NATURAL RESERVE 'VAL ROSANDRA' ONLY A STONE'S THROW FROM TRIESTE
RENT A YELLOW SCOOTER 'VESPA' AND GO WINE TASTING AT VINEYARDS IN THE WINE REGION OF 'COLLIO'.
Would you enjoy driving a genuine Italian scooter through the beautiful hilly area in search of even nicer places and views while tasting some typical wines of this area? Do not hesitate to rent such a vespa.
In the Collio wine region, with the cultural town of Cormòns in its center, there are about twenty vineyards who provide vespas. If you prefer to rent it directly in Cormòns, please contact the rental
shop Zorgniotti. For more information click on the link.
WALK ALONG THE 'SENTIERO RILKE' TRAIL NOT FAR FROM TRIESTE. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW OVER THE ADRIATIC SEA HIGH ON TOP OF THE CLIFFS AND THEN VISIT THE CASTLE IN DUINO
Let's be honest. Where else would you find such a beautiful trail next to the coastline right on top of the cliffs looking out over the Adriatic Sea?
The 'sentiero Rilke' trail lies between the towns of Sistiana and Duino, in the province of Trieste. The 2-kilometer walk is easy to do and is especially beautiful in the fall when the flora is all different shades of color. You can start your walk in either town.
You can also combine the walk with a visit to Duino Castle (closed on Tuesdays). The path owes its name to the Prague writer Rainer Maria Rilke. Rainer was a guest at the castle in the early 20th century and was inspired by the stunning views to write his masterpiece "The Duino Elegies”. Tip: don't forget to put on your hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water!
GO AND REFRESH YOURSELF IN THE 'TAGLIAMENTO ' RIVER. THE LONGEST AND WIDEST GLACIER RIVER OF FRIULI. MAKE A WALK AROUND 'LAKE 'CORNINO' AND WATCH THE RAPTORS IN THE NATURE RESERVE RIGHT NEXT TO IT
The region of Friuli Venezia Giulia is divided in two by the 170 km. long glacier river Tagliamento. The verb 'tagliare' says it all; it stands for "to cut".
When making a trip one even says "we go to the right or left of the Tagliamento."
Its trail is completely natural and not affected by people. It's called the King of the Alpine Rivers and every time you go it looks different depending on the amount of rainfall.
Friulians are especially happy with this river during the long hot humid summers. Sometimes you just do not want to sit for 45 minutes in the car to go to a crowded beach. You want to just enjoy refreshing yourself and splashing in the icy river that originates in the Alps and flows into the Adriatic Sea. All of this close to home without having to stand in queues. Ideal. Sometimes people bring their barbecues along and sit, or rather, lay all day on their beach chairs. They chat, eat some snacks and occasionally freshen up. Dogs are allowed. Kids build dikes with the large pebbles. There is no hassle of getting sand in your clothes or in your sandwich ...
Where you can sunbathe along the river and go splashing? Actually everywhere. Pay attention though. In some places, the water can be deep and has a very strong current. It’s, therefore, not intended to swim in, because it can be dangerous.
My favorite place is under the bridge going towards Forgaria. When you go there please also have a look at the beautiful Cornino Lake with its beautiful green / turquoise color.
You can take a walk around it and visit the adjacent raptor reserve. For more information click on the button
COME CLIMBING IN THE PARK "PARCO AVVENTURA SELLA NEVEA" 'AND CLOSE THE DAY WITH A WALK THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OF MONTASIO (FAMOUS FOR THE CHEESE THAT IS MADE HERE)
Are you on a holiday with your children and do you want to have some fun and action with them in a beautiful surrounding? Then go to the 'Paro Avventura Sella Nevea' at the foot of Mount Montasio (famous for the delicious cheese made here) in the village of Sella Nevea near the Chiusaforte town in the Alps Giulie. About 1.5 hours drive north of Udine.
Here, young and old (children up from 3 years old) can climb in between the trees with the use of special equipment. On the basis of the age and experience, there are different tracks, each with its own level and height. The children are helped by specialized instructors. Click on the 'more info' button for opening hours and tariffs.
Do you have any energy left after your climb? Take the car and follow the signs Montasio. After a fifteen-minute drive you will arrive at a parking lot from where several walks start through the Montasio mountains. You do not have to walk too long before you arrive at the typical 'Malga'. These are small farms where the Montasio cheese is made with milk from the stray grazing cows. You can try typical dishes such as frico, frittata, gnocchi and of course the cheese Montasio. For more information on these dishes go to the culinary section.
GO HIKING IN THE MONTASIO MOUNTAINS (FAMOUS FOR THE CHEESE THAT IS MADE HERE)
After a fifteen-minute drive from Sella Nevea, following the signs Jof Montasio, you can find a parking place where you can choose between several walks through the Montasio Mountains. The walks are not too difficult and you can choose between different distances.
You do not have to walk too far before arriving at the first of a series of typical Malga's. These are small farms where the Montasio cheese is made with milk from the stray grazing cows. You can try typical dishes such as frico, frittata, gnocchi, and of course the Montasio cheese.