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Friuli Venezia Giulia

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President: Debora Serracchiani

County seat: Trieste

Other provinces: Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia

Number of citizens: 1.221.218 (at 31 December 2016)


Information about the region

If Europe seeks to become united in diversity, Friuli Venezia Giulia is already there. In a region set between the Adriatic Sea and the summits of the Dolomites and the Alps, the Italian, Slavic and Germanic cultures meet in a kind of kaleidoscope of traditions, languages and cultures.

Slightly less than 8,000 square kilometres of "Blue Flag" sea, gentle hills and unspoiled mountains trace the coordinates of a node of European geography, always a melting pot of destinies and people, capable of rewarding its tourists with the wealth of a territory that surprises under every angle.

On the coast you can have fun or relax along the sandy shores of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro or choose a different creek of the Trieste coastal area every day. It is an enchanting part of the Adriatic coast, which in its waves cradles different aspects: environments and landscapes that surprise for their diversity and that are a few kilometres from each other.

Lignano Sabbiadoro is an open-air amusement park for the whole family, where all your wishes will come true. Just the embarrassment of choosing between thematic parks, fun parks and zoo parks: children will have fun in safe and healthy environments and you can relax without ever getting bored. The 8-km-long-beach is lightly touched by a quiet and clean sea and animated by the facilities and activities of the beach resorts, with an eye for children and teenagers. In Lignano Sabbiadoro you can play sports directly by the beach (with courses of approaching sailing, wind surfing, swimming and swimming for children and young people), you can have fun with water games or discover the resort through the long bicycle paths or you will enjoy a relaxing excursion to the Marano Lagoon.

Grado is linked to the mainland by a thin strip of land where you can find an historic centre of Venetian grace where you can enjoy the delicious culinary delights. But, above all, it is an oasis for the whole family thanks to low backdrops and beaches always kissed by the sun, where children can play in peace and parents can relax thoughtless. Do not miss the Natural Reserve of the Cavanata Valley and the Natural Reserve of the Foce dellIsonzo, with the Island of Cona and its majestic Camargue.

Architecture and traditions conserve traces of the long history of this region. The UNESCO site of Aquileia, a Roman city and an important centre for the spread of Christianity, preserves precious archaeological remains and a basilica with an extraordinary floor mosaic. Even Cividale del Friuli is included in the UNESCO heritage: from here begins the Lombard’s journey in Italy for discovering this mysterious people.

There are also so many stories to tell about the four main cities of the region, starting with the capital city, Trieste, the city with “the sea at home”. It is a perfect balance of styles: neoclassical, liberty, eclectic and baroque harmoniously cohabitate with Roman vestiges and the Hasburgian 18th century buildings. Gorizia is the true "melting pot" of the Mitteleuropea area. A town much loved by the Hasburgianian bourgeoisie for its charming parks at the foot of the hill, where there’s the village with the medieval castle. Medieval is also the heart of Udine among ancient Venetian palaces and squares where in the late afternoon, after work, people meet for the most classic of aperitifs: a glass of good white wine. Pordenone is an elegant city that has cropped up an important area for cultural events of excellence. Its historic centre, with frescoed buildings, cafés and elegant shops, is ideal for a half-way between art and shopping.

Moving away from the city, there are castles by the sea and upon the hill, villages among the most beautiful in Italy and typical rural architectures. Spectacular are the castles of Miramare and Duino, which dominate the triestine white crags coastline, and tell intriguing love stories. There are also the "most beautiful villages in Italy", small hidden centres that have managed to preserve the original architecture, sometimes of a noble origin, sometimes rather spontaneous, which enrich the province of Pordenone.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia the discovery of the territory is enriched by a unique bond with its cuisine. If Italy is the symbol of biodiversity, Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the richest regions in this sense, thanks to the variety of its territory and its geographical location in the centre of Europe: the results are agro-food and native wines that can tell better than others their uniqueness. To the diversity of the territory is added the prosperity of equally unique traditions: Italian, Slavic, Germanic and popular culture express themselves in a fascinating conjunction in every field, but that in gastronomy reaches one of its quotes.


Information about content promoted during Expo Astana

Given the theme chosen by the organizers, "Future Energy", at EXPO 2017 Friuli Venezia Giulia, from 30 July to 5 August, presents its regional excellence in the field of sustainable mobility, renewable sources, recycling and energy saving inside the Italian Pavilion.

Under the direct direction and responsibility of the Presidency of the Region, the aim is to convey the image of Smart Land, where water is the primary source of renewable energy and the starting point for a specially-created emotional video that marks a continuity with the storytelling on biodiversity presented at EXPO Italia 2015, whose theme was "Feed the Planet". In the new video water is the protagonist, it is the link between preserving an environment that maintains its beauty unaltered and energy production.

The setting up of the space at the Italian Pavilion that hosts the Friuli Venezia Giulia is characterized by some thematic totems dedicated to the territorial excellence, such as the trigenerative system for the Udine Hospital, from which a 13 km long district heating network connects Public utilities and private residences, and other virtuous examples of district heating, as done in Grado with sea water and Sauris with wood biomass.

In the Italian Pavilion, for all the 3 months of Expo, there will also be two multimedia silhouettes with a motion sensor to illustrate two projects that will revolutionize FVG mobility and access to water resources over the next few years: NeMo, through which the region will replace 800 public fleet-fuelled diesel vehicles with electric cars and car sharing, and Watly, the futuristic thermodynamic purifier capable of purifying up to three million litres of water each year from any contaminated source and, above all, able to function thanks to solar energy. Watly purifies water, generates off-grid electricity and allows connectivity to the internet around the world. Fully projected and realized at Talmassons (Udine), this device is primarily intended for third-world water-deficit countries and thus combines ethics and business.

The week of Friuli Venezia Giulia at EXPO 2017 is also marked by thematic events, presentations and professional workshops. Among the business moments, there will be the signing of a collaboration memorandum between KazakInvest and Net/Udine Municipality for the anaerobic digester, an innovative plant that will be ready in two years. Starting from both organic and dry waste, it will produce compost, biogas, biomethane and vegetal carbon and, through a cogenerator, also electric and thermal energy.

The territory and tourism promotion at EXPO is entrusted to PromoTurismoFVG. There will be a reception desk for visitors where information and tourist material can be collected in Russian and English and there will also be a demonstration of mosaic art by some Kazakh students of the Friuli Venezia Giulia School of Mosaics.


Event calendar of the protagonism week

  • Sunday 30/7: In the evening greetings to the Delegation composed by the Municipality of Astana, Kazakh authorities, Ambassador
  • Monday 31/7: Signing of the memorandum between KazakInvest and Net/Municipality of Udine for the anaerobic digester
  • Tuesday 1/8: two conferences are organized in the afternoon:
    • OverITs presentation of technological solutions and devices for the distribution of energy, water and gas utilities
    • organization of a workshop by Bionet on the evolution of FORSU treatment: from urban refuse to biomethane production for haulage
  • Wednesday 2/8: In the morning presentation of the NeMo project by the Environment and Energy Directorate of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. The project is devoted to electric mobility and the impact on the energy system.
  • Thursday 3/8: In the afternoon presentation of the tourist destination Friuli Venezia Giulia by PromoTurismoFVG
  • Friday 4/8: During all day, presentation of the Watly project and the socio-biological impact of technological innovation in the energy field (energy, industry 4.0, singularity).
  • Saturday 5/8: In the morning, presentation of the Watly and the socio-biological impact of technological innovation in the energy field (energy, industry 4.0, singularity).