It’s been a very important and rewarding week for the Friuli – Venezia Giulia region. On Tuesday Lonely Planet’s online version inserted our region among the ten “top” regions in the world in its Best in Travel 2016 list. Lonely Planet is one of the world giants when it comes to travel books and guides.

In order to understand the reason behind this acknowledgement it is necessary to take a look at everything this marvellous region has to offer not only those who visit it, but also all those who live it on a day to day basis. We find ourselves in a part of the world that has the luck to be able to offer every type of natural attraction: from the sea of Trieste’s gulf, with its steep cliffs and its luxuriant natural life to the mountains such as those of the Val Cellina dolomites or the alps of Carnia, perhaps the main scenery visible with their immeasurable beauty. Our regions is also home to unique geological and hydric phenomena, such as the carsism phenomenon in the Trieste province: this special type of water percolation creates a great number of beautiful natural caves and springs all around the area.

Friuli Venezia Giulia is not only made of natural wonders. Our region has an amazing wine and food heritage, going from the juicy fresh fish from the gulf of Trieste, to the most rustic and typical alpine products, such as pitina (smoked sheep meat with spices) from Val Tramontina, or the several kinds of polenta that can be found in the province of Udine. Among the regional wine and food heritage’s dishes that a tourist should absolutely try, we surely find the cotechino with brovada and frico (soft grilled pie made out of cheese and potatoes).
One of the largest tourist attractions our land has to offer is its huge wine growing and producing industry. Friuli – Venezia Giulia is a region that can boast about having 10 D.O.C and 4 D.O.G.C. wines and is one of the best white wine regions in the world.
High quality agricultural products are exactly what has brought us this wonderful acknowledgement, as the regional authorities have stated when interviewed; it is a sector that is already strong and affirmed in Friuli, but that nevertheless has to go on towards an ever higher agricultural sustainability and in the directions of techniques ever closer to the wellbeing of consumers and farmland alike, without forgetting tradition, which has given and still gives our region a lot when it comes to this sector.