Udine, the historical capital and second largest city in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, is an overlooked gem. With its Renaissance squares, Venetian villas and Tiepolo frescos, the city has an impressive artistic heritage, along with a vibrant contemporary edge thanks to its large student population and world class modern art museum.  Its dis...

First-time travelers to Italy may be surprised to find such a culinary diversity from region to region. Unlike your typical Italian restaurant in the States, Italian food has much more variety than spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. Even though you can find Italian specialties like pizza and tortellini all over Italy, it is well worth sa...

Upper Italy is shaped like a tilted T and the administrative region named ‘Friuli Venezia Giulia’ is situated on the right side of the upper horizontal bar. It is four-fifths the size of the isle of Cyprus, or twice the area of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Its geographical location has constantly invited disruption. During the decline and fall o...

Istrian Lamb, oil, Vitovska wines and Tabor cheese. The offspring of the hard Carso uplands, battered by the wind and rich in attractive little villages. And in cosmopolitan Trieste, a special cooked ham, confectioners and historical cafes. The harsh upland of the Carso is buffeted by the wind but well-endowed with characteristic little villages, m...

Pordenone is a city located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy. The name of the city means “port on the river Noncello”. The history of the city dates back to the Roman age when several agricultural settlements and villas were located here. In the later centuries the city became a port on the river. In the 14th century, Porde...

Favorire la collaborazione fra le imprese italiane e i cittadini di origine italiana nel mondo; rafforzare i legami professionali e culturali tra i discendenti degli emigrati e la terra d’origine; e sviluppare nei giovani partecipanti nuove competenze di gestione aziendale e di international business con lezioni d’aula, seminari, workshop ed esperi...

Certainly, there is no shortage of magical destinations within a country as diverse as Italy to take your fancy but as you know as well as me, it remains a very popular country to visit. Many people come with stars in their eyes and very determined and full itineraries to hit the hot spots that they’ve read so much about online.  Cinque Terre, Veni...

The annual U.S.-Italy Sustainable Training Area Management workshop was held in Udine June 5-6, the fourth in a series that explores ways to find a balance between meeting military training and maintaining environment stewardship.  Program workshops are sponsored by U.S. Armed Forces Europe, and are designed to focus on best practices by bringing t...

If you thought Italy’s allure lay largely in the opportunity to wile away the hours eating and drinking endlessly in pastel-hued piazzas—well, you’d be right. But that’s just part of its perennial magic. For those whose version of la dolce vita includes extraordinary natural beauty, the Dolomites are a true Valhalla. Rising over 10,000 feet in the...

A group of servicemembers, dependents, civilians and Italians have brought back an all-volunteer program to help acquaint incoming Americans with dozens of local communities surrounding the base. Called Vicini Americani, Italian for “American neighbors,” the program relaunched Friday during the “Spring into Spring” festival at the base’s Freedom Pa...