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Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the northeastern part of the country, reimburses travel expenses for travelers traveling by train from anywhere in Italy. If that’s not enough to get you on board, the region also offers cards that give you free admission to museums, free public transport, and discounts elsewhere.

Grado is known as the “Mother of Venice”.

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the only catch? A minimum two night stay is required. But that’s not a big sacrifice in the area. It’s home to ancient cities of art, mountains, miles of wine country and some of Italy’s best beaches.

From today until May 31, 2023, the local tourist office PromoTurismoFVG will reimburse domestic train fares for travelers arriving in the cities of Trieste and Udine and the coastal resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadore. sustainable travel.

Lignano Sabbiadoro is one of the main beach resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

Lignano Sabbiadoro is one of the main beach resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

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Visitors can travel on the state-owned Trenitalia railway, from regular regional lines to intercity and high-speed Frecce lines. You must book a package that includes accommodation at hotels participating in the initiative. If you book a 2-night package, the return train ticket price will be deducted from the total amount as a discount. You will also be given a complimentary his FVG card for free or discounted admission to museums and guided tours.

Where are you going? Trieste is he one of the big cities in northern Italy, but it doesn’t always feel like Italy. It was annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which became a major port, and was finally returned to Italy after World War I. So Vienna had his style of coffee culture and the whole city was built by the Austrians. As an old area, even the Romans remain.

Udine has a protected Slovenian minority.

Udine has a protected Slovenian minority.

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Udine is a multicultural city, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but with a protected Slovenian minority, you’ll find signs written in both languages. It’s a majestic city with a museum of works by Caravaggio and Tiepolo in a converted castle and a cathedral that dates back to his 13th century.

Of the two beach destinations, Grado is known as the “Mother of Venice” and is built on islands in the lagoon about 75 miles northeast of La Serenissima. Lignano Sabbiadoro is one of the best beaches in the Adriatic and his resort, with a foam-shaped pier called Terrazza a Mare, designed in 1969, jutting into the sea.

If you travel to Trieste or Udine, you can get an FVG card valid for 48 hours for stays of 2 nights and a FVG card valid for 1 week for stays of 3 days or more. This gives you free access to major museums and guided tours set by the tourist office. It also includes discounts on pool-to-theater services and free or discounted entry to special exhibitions, such as the Banksy show in Trieste from November to April.

Trieste has the largest waterfront square in Europe.

Trieste has the largest waterfront square in Europe.

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Those who choose to visit the seaside resorts of Grado or Lignano Sabbiadoro also get cards, but fewer museums check out beachside.

There is one caveat. Return tickets must depart from one of the five train stations: Latisana-Lignano-Bibione, Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado, Trieste Airport, Trieste Centrale, or Udine. You must also stay at one of the hotels signed up for the initiative and book at least 3 or 5 days in advance of your trip, depending on your destination. Italian bank holidays are excluded from the offer.

Above: Grado, one of the destinations participating in the initiative. Credit: xbrchx/Adobe Stock