Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region rich in beauty and tradition, in every season offers many activities and attractions not to be missed. Today we take you to the discovery of this unique land on two wheels following the course of the biggest river in the region, the Tagliamento, which has profoundly marked the history of Friuli. The river is considered the last river course morphologically intact in the Alps, the invasive intervation of man was practically none, making it an extremely precious ecosystem.
We start from Pinzano al Tagliamento, which is located in the center of the region. Already here the natural landscapes are spectacular, thanks to the river and the abundance of forests. We’re in the west coast of the river. Along the path near the high banks of the river we find Spilimbergo, a charming town known as the "city of mosaics". If you want to stop, do not miss the Castle and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the most important Gothic buildings in the region. At Ponte della Delizia we pass in the other side of the river.
We continue in the green and scents of Friuli countryside. We arrive at Lignano Sabbiadoro, where the river plunges into the sea. Lignano is a picturesque and very lively town, with eight kilometers of beaches and many activities to do. It’s situated on a peninsula that stands between the Adriatic, the river Tagliamento and the Lagoon of Marano. Ernest Hemingway has appointed it Florida of Italy.
Travel to the discovery of Friuli countryside, in a rich nature that is always changing and that never bore you.
Author: Chiara Marras
Cover Image: Tagliamento from the bridge of Pinzano, photo by Antonio Milan via Flickr