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Venice, one of the most famous cities in the world. But how many people knows the land behind it? Veneto is one of the most important regions of the country from an economic point of view, but not only: here you can find some wonderful cities of art and history such as Verona and Padua. A precious heritage to be enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.

Friuli has always been a border region, which is why it is so interesting and fascinating. In this land you can find what Ippolito Nievo, an important Italian writer and patriot, described as 'a small compendium of the universe', alluding to the rich variety of landscapes. What really animates this region is the merging of the identities of those who have passed through it, creating a chorus of different but united voices.

  1. Venice - Concordia Sagittaria - Gorizia - the Collio
  2. Trieste - Miramare castle
  3. Trekking of "the Vigne Alte" - Acquilea - Grado
  4. Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli - Udine
  5. Trieste - Miramare Castle - Trieste
  6. Udine, the city of Tiepolo - Treviso - Valdobbiadene

Venice, one of the most famous cities in the world. But how many people knows the land behind it? Veneto is one of the most important regions of the country from an economic point of view, but not only: here you can find some wonderful cities of art and history such as Verona and Padua. A precious heritage to be enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.

 

Friuli has always been a border region, which is why it is so interesting and fascinating. In this land you can find what Ippolito Nievo, an important Italian writer and patriot, described as 'a small compendium of the universe', alluding to the rich variety of landscapes. What really animates this region is the merging of the identities of those who have passed through it, creating a chorus of different but united voices.

Itineraries

Day 1

Venice - Concordia Sagittaria - Gorizia - the Collio

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In the morning departure for Western Friuli, meeting with the local guide and visit of the abbey complex of Sesto al Reghena which dates back to the Lombard era, where it is possible to immerse yourself in the life of the Benedictine monks by visiting the residence of the abbots, and the church with precious frescoes. We continue with the visit of Concordia Sagittaria, an important paleo-Venetian center which, in 42 BC., became a Roman colony with the name of Iulia Concordia, to admire the remains of the ancient Via Annia, the decumanus, the city walls, the bridge, the remains of the theater and the domus. Departure for Gorizia, European capital of culture 2025, together with Nova Gorica in Slovenia and panoramic tour, with local guide, of the historic center dominated by the imposing castle,
Arrival in Capriva del Friuli, dinner in the hotel and overnight.

Day 2

Trieste - Miramare Castle

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In the late morning departure for Trieste, meeting with the guide and visit of that beautiful border city: Piazza Unità d'Italia, defined as the "living room of Trieste", and surrounded by buildings that overlook the sea, Piazza della Borsa, the Borgo Teresiano. Free lunch.
In the afternoon visit of the Miramare Castle, built at the behest of Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg in 1856. This castle is located on a promontory overlooking the Gulf of Trieste and surrounded by a magnificent botanical park.
Return to the Collio area and stop at the prestigious Enoteca di Cormons, tasting of the excellent white wines that are produced here with a guided tour from Friulano to Malvasia to Ribolla Gialla, accompanied by cheeses and cured meats from Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Day 3

Trekking of "the Vigne Alte" - Acquilea - Grado

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In the morning we meet with a naturalistic guide for a walk through the heart of the Collio wine region, along the "Trekking of the high vineyards" through a harmonious landscape of hills planted with vines with ordered rows, woods and small villages. Then arrival at the Villa Russiz winery, in the heart of the Collio Friulano, founded by Count Theodor de là Tour in 1868, here Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot are produced, visit of the cellars with guided tour and tasting of 3 wines.
In the afternoon departure for Aquileia, an ancient Roman city founded in 181 BC. it was the capital of the Augustan region and later the center for the diffusion of Christianity. Unesco heritage and visit of the forum, the port, the decumanus and the patriarchal basilica of the fourth century with the precious floor mosaics and the crypt of the frescoes. Continuation to Grado, crossing a beautiful lagoon landscape. Short guided tour of the historic centre. Fish-based dinner in a restaurant and return in the evening to the Castello di Spessa for overnight.

Day 4

Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli - Udine

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Departure with the local guide for Palmanova, a fortress city preserved in extraordinary conditions with its city plan in the shape of a perfect nine-pointed star. We walk to admire first the 16th century fortified walls and then the city center with its Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Piazza Grande. We continue our visit with a stop in Clauiano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, with its houses built with stones from the nearby Torre river, walk through the narrow streets of the small and quiet center to admire the main buildings with decorated porticoes. Free lunch. Visit of Cividale del Friuli, an ancient Longobard capital full of charm and guided tour of the historic centre, the Longobard Temple, the Christian Museum, the Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle, and the devil's bridge. Arrival in Udine, dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Udine, the city of Tiepolo - Treviso - Valdobbiadene

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After breakfast we meet with the local guide for a visit of Udine, a beautiful and welcoming city: visit inside the Palace of the Patriarchate of the Galleries of Tiepolo, who lived here and reached his artistic maturity. Walk in the historic center: the Castle, Piazza Liberà, the "most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland", the Cathedral, Piazza Matteotti, the Mercato vecchio shopping street, Piazza San Giacomo where the inhabitants of Udine love to enjoy an aperitif with a glass of wine (tajut in Friulian). Departure for Treviso, guided tour with a walk in the historic centre, the Cathedral, Piazza dei Signori, the Palazzo dei Trecento, the Canale dei Buranelli. We then move to Valdobbiadene, dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Treviso - the hills of Prosecco (UNESCO heritage site) - Milan

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Breakfast and departure with the guide for the Prosecco hills, a Unesco heritage natural site since 2019, between villages and landscapes of expanses of vineyards. Visit of an estate with the vineyard and the cellar and tasting of Prosecco Superiore DOCG wine accompanied by cured meat and cheeses. Time available for shopping and departure for Milan which will be reached in the late afternoon. End of services.

Price: For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the “Trip Enquiry” here above.

 

The quote includes: Transport by minivan or coach with English speaking driver if available, equipped with air conditioning including tolls, ZTL, parking and driver maintenance; accommodation at Hotel Tavernetta at Castello di Spessa Resort with overnight stay and buffet breakfast; accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Udine and in the Prosecco area with overnight stay and buffet breakfast; dinner at the hotel (first day); tasting of 3 Collio wines at the Cormons Enoteca with local cheese and salami platters (second day); visit to the Villa Russiz winery and tasting of 3 Collio wines (third day); dinner in a fish-based restaurant in Grado (third day); prosecco wine tasting accompanied by typical local products (sixth day); english (or French or German) speaking guide service for the following visits: Sesto al Reghena / Concordia Sagittaria (4 hours), Gorizia (2 hours), Miramare Castle and Trieste (full day, 6 hours), Aquileia and Grado (3 hours), Palmanova, Clauiano and Cividale (6 hours), Udine (3 hours), Treviso (3 hours), Prosecco hills (3 hours); naturalistic guide service "Trekking of the high vineyards" (3 hours); taxes and service rates; 24/7 assistance.

 

The quote does not include: International flights; All meals (unless specified); Drinks not included; Tips; Personal expenses and everything not specifically mentioned in "the quote includes".

 

Group departures:  11th March 2023 | 15th April 2023 | 05th June 2023 | 22th July 2023 |17th September 2023 | 21st October 2023 | 11th November 2023 | 23rd December 2023

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.