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Friuli-Venezia Giulia now stands as the North-Eastern most region of Italy, resting at the border of Slovenia, and just south of Austria. The history of the region has undergone profound political change and influence, however, with its position at the top of Italy’s boot being largely settled after the Second World War, and then modified further as recently as 1975, after the Treaty of Osimo partitioned a portion of the Trieste region off for then Yugoslavia.
Friuli’s consistent changes in political affiliation link to its strong geographical position for Europe. At the North of the Adriatic sea, the area offers excellent water access, and additionally, its land location makes it the connecting point between Italy’s rich peninsula with Central and Eastern Europe. As a result, the location has been hotly desirable for world exchange and transport.
The importance of the location, and the influences of multiple empires through history has generated a unique Friulian culture with its own language, food, tradition, and more recently wine.