DISCOVER THE REGION
A SMALL CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE WITH A MULTITUDE OF LANDSCAPES
“Friuli Venezia Giulia is in increasing demand for slow tourism, because of its authenticity and its incomparable variety of landscapes: sea, lagoons, flatland, hills, mountains, karst caves, ancient villages and cities of art, where languages and cultures coexist. From our hotel, it’s a short drive on relaxing roads with little traffic to get to all of the wonders of this region”.
The hotel is located in an area known for its springs, close to the Magredi, Friuli’s steppe plain, a unique landscape in western Europe. This area is renowned for the DOC wines of the Grave del Friuli district and for charming historic villages suspended in time.
A 5-minute drive takes you to: Zoppola, with its adorable castle-village; Casarsa della Delizia, with the house of Pier Paolo Pasolini; Valvasone, one of the prettiest villages in Italy, with its medieval centre full of mills, canals, ancient palazzos, the Cathedral and the Castle which contains a lovely little theatre.
a 15 to 25-minute drive takes you to other places of great tourist and cultural interest: the stunning Villa Manin, a venue for major exhibitions and events; the urbs picta (painted city) of Pordenone on the Noncello river, with the ancient porticoed Contrada Maggiore; San Vito al Tagliamento, with its magnificent piazza, the historic “Arrigoni” theatre and frescoed churches; Spilimbergo, famous for its mosaics, Romanesque cathedral and Palazzo Dipinto in the Castle complex. And another two villages considered to be among Italy’s most beautiful: Cordovado, for a concentrated glimpse of the Middle Ages, and Sesto al Reghena, with its mystical 8th century Benedictine Abbey containing frescoes of the Giotto school.
FIVE WORLD HERITAGE SITES WITHIN AN HOUR’S DRIVE
Palù di Livenza: a pile-dwelling settlement surrounded by enchanting springs, near the picturesque Polcenigo, considered one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.
Palmanova: the star fort town built by the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
Aquileia: a treasure trove of Roman and early Christian finds, whose Basilica has the largest floor mosaic in the entire western world.
Cividale del Friuli: the darling “capital” of Lombard art, perched on the Natisone river.
The Friulian Dolomites: the wild heart of the Dolomites, one of the most unspoilt areas in the Alps.
LEGENDARY DESTINATIONS FOR ALL SEASONS
Trieste, affectionately nicknamed the parlour of Central European, with its Karst caves and castles on the Adriatic (90 minutes by car).
Magical Venice (90 minutes by car or train from Casarsa).
Udine (40 minutes), “City of Tiepolo” with the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland.
Classic Dolomites (approx. 2 hours), with Cortina d’Ampezzo, home of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Gorizia-Nova Gorica and the Collio district (approx. 1 hour): the 2025 European Capital of Culture, with the cross-border landscape of the Collio-Brda wine-growing region, which produces world-famous wines.
SEA, MOUNTAINS, GASTRONOMY
The rare beauty of the mountains at Carnia (1 hour) and the Julian Alps (90 minutes) on the border with Slovenia and Austria.
The Friulian Riviera (about 1 hour), with its sandy beaches (Lignano Sabbiadoro, Grado), the cliffs along the Trieste coastline, and the nature sites of the northernmost lagoon in the Mediterranean.
San Daniele del Friuli (35 minutes), with its world-famous prosciutto ham, beautiful historic centre and breath-taking landscapes along the Tagliamento River.