Friuli Venezia Giulia Things to Do
Every trip to Italy is an endless journey into culture and beauty. No other country in the world can boast the cultural and artistic treasures of Italy. More than half of the historical and artistic heritage is found in Italy. Evidence can be seen in every village. There are so many art treasures of such quality, spread across the country that Italy can rightly be considered an "open air" art gallery.
Each year is packed with special events, some linked to festivals of the Catholic Church, others to the changing seasons. Every little village in Italy has its own wonderful festivals. Many are associated with the harvest (especially wine) or to local products (polenta, prosciutto). The remainder tends to be historical re-enactments linked to jousting or to costumed cavalcades.
Art and culture, the pleasures of good food and music, traditional crafts and expressions of collective religion, folklore and contemporary art, opera and operetta, concert and theater seasons, in Italy the calendar of festivals and events is practically endless.
San Daniele del Friuli, last week of August
Ciconicco di Fagagna, Good Friday
Historical Boat Parade through the Lagoon, July
Historical Pageant and Parade, July
Kiss The Cross Pageant and Procession to the mountainside church of S. Pietro.
Historical Donkey Race and Horse Race, September
Medieval Procession and Boat Parade, June and August
Mac Festival, June
Renaissance Pageant and Parade, September
Osei Hunters' Festival, August
Folkest Demonstrations of Local Folklore, July
Nozze Carsiche, August
Historical 3-Day Wedding Ceremony, culminating in a real wedding followed by a town feast.
San Rocco Festival, August
Antique bell concert.
Virgin Mary's Birthday, September
Historical Re-enactment of the Turkish Invasion.
Costumed Kangaroo Court, February
Pignarul Giant Bonfire Festival, January
Historical Pageant and Costume Parade, January
Messa del Tallero Medieval Pageant, January
Medieval games, pageant, parade and concerts, August
Historical re-enactment of Charlemagne's arrival in the city, with a costumed parade around the castle and a donkey.
La Fementate Bonfire, January
Gradisca d'Isonzo, Parco Comunale, August 15
Gradisca d'Isonzo, November and December
Big antique and handcrafts flea market.
Gorizia, Downtown, December 10 to 20
Antique and handcrafts market.
Pordenone, Historic town, Vittorio Emanuele and piazza Municipio, last weekend of the month except in June, July, August and December
Antique market specializing in jewelry and graphics.
Trieste, near piazza Unita' and piazza della Borsa, third weekend of the month except in July and August
About 50 stands. All sorts of objects, prints, furniture, medals from the Austrian - Hungarian empire.
Udine, Piazza Matteotti, first weekend of the month except in January, July and August
Antique market with about 50 stands.
San Daniele del Friuli, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and Historic Town, last Sunday of the month
Antique market with about 40 stands.
Horn of Rosazzo, Festival of Wines of the Necks Orients, May
Faedis, Strawberry and Wine Festival, June
Cividale of the Friuli, Civitas (wine festival), July
Dolegna of the Collio, Festival Wheel;
Manzano, Peach and Wine Festival, August
Cormons, Grape-Harvest Festival, September
Gorizia, Eurovite, the grapevine stock show, December
La Messa dello Spadone, January, Cividale del Friuli
A religious ceremony performed with a sword dating from 1366 and inscribed with the name of the then patriarch, Marquando von Radeck. Preceded by a procession in 14th century costume.
Il Pignarul, January, Tarcento
The magic king light a bonfire in the castle of Conja and the local people follow suit all around Tarcento.
Cantine Aperte, last weekend May, Across the region
A national event but the cantinas of Friuli Venezia Giulia are especially popular with visitors from northern Europe.
Ruralia, First week Octover, Gorizia
Dedicated to DOP and IGP typical products, the event is also a window on ancient and autoctoni wines. Also includes the Salone delle Specialita' Agroalimentari DOP and IGP, the Mostra-mercato dei prodotti agroalimentari di qualita' Vinum lo' and the Rassegna Nazionale dei Vini Autoctoni.
Notte dei Muss, Ash Wednesday, Resia
A puppet is put on trial and found guilty of heinous crimes. A week later children riding donkeys indulge in petty "pilfering".
Il Perdon di Barbana, 1st Sunday July, Grado
A statue of the Madonna degli Angeli is accompanied to the nearby Barbana island to remember the end of the plague of 1237.
Pumpkin Festival, Last weekend in October, Venzone (Udine)
The zucca in this part of Italy come in various shapes and sizes. Look out for the badrucca above all.
Skiing and hiking
Mountainous territory that straddles the border between Austria and Slovenia.
It is an area of outstanding beauty.
Circolo ippico Alpe Adria, Trieste
Horseback riding stable.
Strada Vicentina, Trieste
Val Rosandra, Trieste
Historic site; hiking trail.
Grotta Gigante, Trieste