With its triple-barrelled moniker, Friuli Venezia Giulia's multifaceted nature should come as no surprise. Cultural complexity is cherished in this small, little-visited region, tucked away on Italy's far northeastern borders with Austria and Slovenia. The snowy Giulie and Carnic Alps in the north, idyllic plains in the centre, beaches, lagoons and cliffs around the regional capital, Trieste.
Home to the spectacular sawtoothed Dolomites, the semi-autonomous provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol are packed with stunning landscapes. The region has long enticed hikers, climbers, wintersporters, cyclists, poets and fresh-air fanciers.
Most visitors to the Veneto devote all their time to Venice, which is understandable – until you discover the rich variety of experiences that await just an hour or two away.
These are the top experiences and sights in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-South Tyrol & Veneto, according to Lonely Planet.