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Coast of Italy Between Venice and Trieste

We're talking about a vacation in mid-September and looking at a map of Italy because we LOVE Italy -- the people, the culture and, of course, the food. We've never been to that northeastern part of the country and we'd love to get some "insider" perspectives. What we like to do is rent a small apartment or home, or find agriturismo accommodations, rent a car and take day trips to explore the area. We enjoy shopping in the local markets and cooking, as much as we do dining at the small, local restaurants.

Is this an area we should consider for a week's vacation? And, if so, is there a particular area we should call "home"? Thanks!

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  1. Sure, Friuli is wonderful, a special place. Great food and wine. Wonderful people. A certain mix between Italian and Austro-Hungarian and Slovenia. All delightful. If it's warm you can even take an easy day trip to Grado on the coast.

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    1. re: allende

      Thanks. Are there any towns in particular that you'd recommend for a home base?

      1. re: CindyJ

        Not really. There are so many great towns (and Udine), that you'll just have to make up your mind as to what you want. There is a ton of information on the net.

    2. I think if you do a search in the upper right hand corner box for "FVG" you wlll come up with several threads. When the result comes up increase the date range and there will be more. Several very enthusiastic threads on this area.

      1. I visited that area over 15 years ago, so I cannot make any specific dining recommendations. I do remember a bowl of linguini & clams I had in the coastal town of Grado, but I have forgotten the name of the place.

        I can recommend visiting the Duomo in Aquileia to see the incredible mosaic tile floor there.

        Cividale del Friuli is another wonderful town with much to see. I can remember an all mushroom dinner there.

        1. From everything I've read, here on CH and a few other places, it sounds like FVG will make a wonderful vacation destination for a week or so. I've already purchased a copy of "Osterie & Locande D'Italia" and it appears to be a wonderful resource. But I would love an insider's recommendation for a place to stay that will give us a true "sense of place." Ideally, we'll have living space that includes a kitchen and an outdoor eating area. We'd like to be near enough to a town that we can shop for food (and wine) at the local markets when we feel like doing our own cooking. Our accommodations need not be luxurious, but comfort, cleanliness and a private bathroom are among our requirements. Most of all, an opportunity to meet locals and other travelers would be wonderful.

          A farmhouse or agritourismo would be lovely. Does anyone have a recommendation?

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          1. re: CindyJ

            please remember that accomodations are offtopic for this board, and discussions of same tend to get deleted resulting in upsets. While people can offer recommendations about places to base for eating and places like agriturismi where food is offered, you might want to look at travel boards agrituriso and b&b sites (or the locanda guide) if your main need is for a place to stay.

            1. re: jen kalb

              Yes, I do understand. The Locanda guide has a lot of good info, but it's always a plus when a recommendation for food or accommodations comes first hand.

          2. We had a wonderful, super fresh, seafood platter in Aqueleia, on the main road to Grado. The restaurant, with out door seating, is called Ai Due Leoni.
            Very friendly service at an off-the-beaten-path place.

            Also, here's an informative article about the food in the area.

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                1. re: wally

                  No... I hadn't seen that post. Thanks!!!!

            1. Hiya Cindy!

              Any goodies you find, hopefully you will post early. We are off to Tuscany for a week for a big family get-together (although none of us are Italian or live in Italy) about 16-20 ppl. We have huge villa and a chef(!) for that week, but we are shouldering the trip with a few days in Rome and a few in Venice.
              We've been to Tuscany several times and love he food and folks there. We had a wonderful stay once at a place in the middle of a vineyard, north of Sienna. They took over some of the old stone worker buildings and turned them into lovely rooms and the manor house became the lounge/restaurant/pool. The nice thing was they left some of the workers' houses for their workers, so in the evening before dinner, you'd see all the folks out chatting, playing cards, kids running around, etc. Very friendly folks

              Have a wonderful trip

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              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                Hey there, FCF! Sounds like you're off on a wonderful trip. We rented a villa in a vineyard just north of Siena, in Castellina in Chianti, a few years ago. One of the highlights of that trip was a visit to the Corzano e Paterno winery in San Casciano. One of the folks at Moore Brothers put us in touch with the owner, and we ended our visit with him drinking wine on the back porch of his home, high on a hill, watching the sun set over his vineyards.

                I love, love, LOVE Italy! I feel so connected to the land and the people -- and of course, to the food -- so much so that I've often wondered if maybe I was Italian in a former life. This much I DO know: the more Italian wine I drink, the more fluent I become in Italian. Don't laugh -- it's true! I have witnesses! And the same thing happens to me when I drink German wine in Germany.

                Funny thing about Friuli, though. I'm just not finding a whole lot of information about travel in the region, and we're beginning to rethink our vacation destination. Then again, being in that region would also give us an opportunity to explore Slovenia, which my son really enjoyed. Decisions... decisions...

                So just where in Tuscany will you be staying? A villa with a chef sounds awesome. Can't wait to hear all about it. DO report back.

                Buon viaggio!

                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                    The place looks spectacular! Got room for one or two more?