September 2nd to 16th 2016 Photos by Hetty
We stayed at Latisanotta, next to Latisana, which is midway between Venice and Trieste. We had a wonderful time, saw lots of amazing architecture, mountains, the sea and plenty of variety. The weather was very hot and sunny – around 30 degrees C at 6pm
We visited: For map of the area click here
Aquileia – former Roman city and Roman river port. with huge Roman mosaic floor in the basliica
Cividale del Friuli – a picturesque small town with some interesting sights
We walked along the cliffs from Duino to Sistiana
Gemona is surrounded by mountains
Grado on an island has Roman mosaic floors
Grotta Gigante and Miramare Castle A huge cave, and a white castle on the sea shore
Padua full of history and architecture
Trieste has Roman remains and grand buildings
Udine a lovely city to stroll around and admire the architecture
Venice is unique
Vicenza – a city not to miss with grand Palladian architecture
Venzone rebuilt medieval town surrounded by mountains
We few with Ryanair to Treviso, but while we were there, they changed airports, so we flew back from Venice Marco Polo airport.
I have included travel details for each trip, as it took us a while to work out how to get to the various places. Latisana is on the border between The Veneto region and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. We used four different bus companies: ACTV, APT, ATVO, and SAF. The trains were more straight forward – but the Le Frecce website showed some trains that Trentalia didn’t! Check prices for the trains, as it may be worth waiting 10 minutes for a cheaper train.
The summer timetables ended on 31st August or 10th September or 17th September – it varied.
Italy Travel tips:
Tourist offices are generous with their maps and information. Some English info may be out for you to pick up, city centre maps are often on the desk, but if you talk to them, they may have better info and maps.
Check opening times of places that you really want to go into – museums are often closed on Mondays, and in smaller towns buildings may be closed between 1pm and 3pm.
Travel in Italy is relatively cheap, so don’t rush into a travel pass unless you know it will save you money.
Buy bus tickets at the bus station or at the nearest Tabac (tobacconist and newsagent). Some times you can buy tickets on the bus – they will be more expensive – and some times you can’t buy on the bus. Bus tickets are not dated, so you can buy in advance. You have to stamp them in the machine as you get on the bus. Bus tickets are for a length of time, and don’t vary with time of day. City buses have electronic signs at bus stops and on the bus. The bus drivers are helpful, so you can ask them to tell you when you reach your stop (they may not speak English, but will probably understand what you want if you ask nicely). Buses may get stuck in traffic if you are in a busy area, so be patient.
Train travel is great, and easy. Trains generally run on time. Train tickets can usually be bought at a ticket machine and you choose your language. Prices vary with type of train, so look at times earlier or later to see which is cheaper. You have to buy a ticket for a specific day, but you can buy in advance. You state the time too, so if you change your mind, make sure the journey you do is the same price on the same day.