venetian city

Venice - Italy

Venice has 417 bridges, 72 of which are private. Like the bridges, the gondolas that travel under them are an iconic symbol of this romantic city. Venetian tradition states that a couple riding in a gondola should kiss under each bridge they pass, and they will stay in love forever. 

Udine (Slovene: Videm, German: Weiden, Latin: Utinum) is the capital of the Udine Province in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It’s a quiet and stately capital. While the once-great seaport of Trieste is the regional capital and reigns over the coast, Udine presides over the inland plains and its Alpine peaks. For centuries, it was a Venetian city - in contrast to Trieste, which was part of the Austrian Empire. Today, Friuli is known as a region of wines, prosciutto di San Daniele and Montasio cheese. It’s an excellent location to taste these products and to start a visit to this less traveled part of the country. It’s 40 km from Trieste Airport, which has daily flights to London Stansted, Milan, Munich, and Rome, and less regular flights to Birmingham, Brussels, Valencia, and other locations in Europe. The train from Venice takes just over 1.5 hours. 


At the moment I’m revising the Venetian Renaissance for my final exams in History at Oxford University, and reading about the Piazza di San Marco, Basilica di San Marco & the Scuola di San Rocco, I can’t help but imagine myself back in Venice! It was so beautiful.