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Property in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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If you are considering buying property in Italy, property in Friuli-Venezia Giulia represents excellent value for money, with homes considerably more affordable than in the neighbouring Veneto region.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy’s most north-eastern region, doesn’t top many tourist itineraries. Yet this is an intriguing part of Italy with a bit of everything, from inviting, sandy beaches and lagoons full of water birds to snow-capped peaks and Alpine villages; from picturesque fishing villages to rocky coastal cliffs. In addition, numerous Roman remains and palatial country villas dot the countryside. To top it all there are the attractions of Venice, just an hour’s drive away, while to the east is Italy’s border with Slovenia.

Its multi-hyphenated name is a clue to the eclectic mix of cultures that have shaped this part of Italy down the centuries. Under the Romans, one of its main towns was Forum Iulii, named after Julius Caesar and which was later bastardised into Friuli Giulia.

The Austria-Hungarian empire ruled the roost until 1918 and under them Trieste – Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s modern-day capital – became Europe’s gateway to the East and a mecca for immigrants from across the Mediterranean.

The region’s boundaries changed significantly after both world wars. The Yugoslavs wrestled over Trieste after World War II and it was only awarded to Italy in 1954, which explains why the city sits on a narrow strip of land jutting into Slovenia.

Perhaps the most elegant town in which to buy property in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is Udine, 25 miles north of Trieste. Udine is almost Venetian in appearance and is often voted by Italians as the best place in all Italy in which live. Despite the high praise, prices for two-bedroom apartments at 2009-10 prices can start at a mere €100,000, rising to €150,000 in the medieval centre.

There are also a number of desirable coastal resorts in which to look for property in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, such as Grado, Lignano, Muggia, Barcola and Sistiana.

Trieste was a favourite haunt of James Joyce and he was bestowed with honorary citizenship. Today a statue to the legendary Irish writer stands on a bridge near his old home.

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