The Region of Friuli is situated along the alpine ridge in the extreme north east of Italy, with borders to the north with Austria, to the east with Slovenia, to the west with the Italian Veneto region and to the south with the Adriatic Sea.
It has ‘mari e monti’ (from the Sea to the Mountains).
It has a long history of invasion and change. Its people have had to struggle with many conquerors and a land often impoverished and inhospitable. From the Celts in Carnia to the Romans who established Aquileia, the Longobards, the Huns, through to the more ‘recent’ period of Napoleon and then the domination by the Austro-Hungarians.
The language “friulano” has within it a vast range of dialects, many reflecting its strategic position and the connections with the Celtic, Longobard, Germanic, Slav, Venetian and Tuscan past.
Today, Friuli is a flourishing Region; industries have grown making the most of its ideal, almost central location on the European continent. It is well known for its chairs, white goods, ceramics, mosaics, wines, cheeses and prosciutto.