This Italian region will pay you to visit

There are Italian towns where you can buy a house for the price of a cup of coffee, regions where you can relocate for free, and now there is a territory where you can travel for free.
The northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia will pay for guests’ railway tickets if they come from anyplace in Italy. If that’s not incentive enough to get you on board, the area will also issue you a card that entitles you to free admission to museums, free use of the public transportation system, and other savings.

Grado is known as the ‘mother of Venice.’ DeAgostini/Getty Images

The sole caveat? You must stay for a minimum of two nights. This region, however, is home to some of Italy’s best beaches, miles and miles of wine country, mountains, and old cities of art.
In an effort to encourage environmentally friendly travel, PromoTurismoFVG, the regional tourism bureau, will begin today and continue until May 31st 2023 to reimburse domestic train prices for visitors arriving in Trieste, Udine, and the seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadore.

Lignano Sabbiadoro is one of the Adriatic’s main beach resorts.

Travelers can board state-run Trenitalia trains, which include everything from the standard regional lines to the Intercity and the fast Frecce lines. You must reserve a package at a hotel that is a part of the project, which must include lodging; when you reserve a two-night package, the cost of the return train fare will be subtracted from the total as a discount. Additionally, guests will receive a free FVGcard, which entitles them to free and discounted admission to museums and guided tours.
So where do you go? Despite the fact that it sometimes lacks an authentic Italian atmosphere, Trieste is one of northern Italy’s finest cities. It was only returned to Italy after World War I after being annexed by the Austro-Hungarian empire, which used it as their principal port. As a result, the city has a Viennese-style coffee culture, as well as older parts and even Roman ruins.

Udine has a protected Slovenian minority.

The hub of the regional Friulian culture is the multi-cultural city of Udine, which was formerly a part of the Venetian and Austrian empires. It is a grand city with a church from the 13th century and works by Caravaggio and Tiepolo in its castle-turned-museum.
Grado, which is situated on islands in a lagoon about 75 miles northeast of La Serenissima, is considered the “mother of Venice” of the two beach resorts. One of the best beach towns on the Adriatic is Lignano Sabbiadoro, which features the Terrazza a Mare, a pier with a bubble-like structure that was created in 1969.
You will receive a 48-hour FVGcard for stays of two nights or less in Trieste or Udine, or a weekly one for visits of three days or more. This enables free entry to the primary museums and officially organized guided tours by the tourist board. Additionally, it offers free or discounted admission to special exhibitions, such as the Banksy exhibition in Trieste that runs from November to April, as well as discounts for services like pools and theaters.

Trieste has Europe’s largest waterfront square. xbrchx/Adobe Stock

Those choosing to visit the seaside resorts of Grado or Lignano Sabbiadoro will also get a card, though there are fewer museums to tick off beachside.
Just one thing to be aware of — the return tickets must be to and from one of five stations: Latisana-Lignano-Bibione, Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado, Trieste Airport, Trieste Centrale, or Udine. You must also stay in one of the hotels that’s signed up to the initiative and book more than three or five days ahead of travel, depending on the destination. Italian bank holidays are excluded from the offer.


by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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