A diverse land, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is made up of mountains, hills, coasts, and plains and has been heavily influenced by Austria and Slovenia

Go for this: Explore the Hapsburg’s Castello di Miramare in Trieste to understand the region’s link to its Balkan past
But try this: Compare and contrast the lovely cities and foods of Trieste, Udine and Gorizia each capturing aspects of their former landlords over the centuries
Favorite hotels: Savoia Excelsior Palace and Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta (Trieste)
Favorite guest experience: Exploring the Strada del Vino; sipping the exquisite, and less well-known, wines of the region; dining at Agli Amici del 1887 in Udine
Foods: Brovada, frico, cjarsons (agnolotti)
Wine: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Friuliano
Best time to visit: September-April