The population of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is as diverse as the origin of its name. Italians, Slavs and central Europeans reside in the region that was once part of the Roman Empire. The name has a Latin origin from "gens Iulia," which refers to Julius Caesar's family. Friuli comes from "Forum Julii," which was the name of a market built by the Romans. Finally, the area was called Venice Giuli to recognize the Venetian citizens.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a diverse land, as are all of the regions in northern Italy, with the Alps and woods in the north that level to agricultural areas, rivers and the Adriatic Sea in the south. The region borders Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east and Veneto to the west. Because the mountains occupy more than half of the region, agriculture is not very popular, but corn, rye, sugar beets, tobacco and fruit are produced.
The maritime climate is comfortable and without very high temperatures, but the northern area in the Alps is cold. Come experience the calm and inviting beauty and a mélange of Italian, Slavic and German culture in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.