Situated in the north-eastern edge of Italy is its Friuli-Venezia
Giulia region — a land that is rarely visited, or mentioned, even
by Italians. This fact, however, absolutely does not mean that Friuli-Venezia
Giulia is not worth the trip. Flanked by Austria, Slovenia, the Veneto
region, and the Adriatic Sea, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has been the entry-point
of travellers and trade into Italy and central Europe. Thus, it can
be said that this region offers as much history as its other Italian
cousins do. In fact, due to its location, it served as an important
station for government forces during Roman colonization.
With the city of Trieste as its capital, the Friuli-Venezia
Giulia region also includes the provinces of Gorizia, Pordenone,
and Udine, with the latter as a principal city along with the capital.
During the rule of Charles I Hapsburg of Austria, Trieste was proclaimed
as a free port, thus making it an area of convergence by people
from all over the Mediterranean, giving it now an emerging cosmopolitan
Its agricultural industry is quite minimal due
to the lack of fertile lands, as well as the disproportionate division
of real estate. Main agricultural products however, include corn,
tobacco and of course, fruits for ample wine production. The mountainous
areas of the region provide rich pasture, but fishing on the other
hand, has diminished due to the sour condition of the Adriatic Sea.
Nevertheless, the manufacturing industry has since developed significantly.
Most notable of which are textile and chemical production, as well
as ship construction.
Apart from all these characteristics, Friuli-Venezia
Giulia is definitely a place for the mind and body to explore --
from its snow-capped mountain peaks and glorious beaches to the
numerous urban ruins and scenic villages.