In a land where for the most part of the world only Rome, Tuscany and Milan (this latter just for the fashion weeks) are worth a grand tour and thousand of photos, other hidden areas seem unfamiliar and obscure. Unexplored doesn’t mean imperfect or not worth a car detour. Even better, a long holiday. To be honest, diversions often unveil unexpected awesome surprises to me. And this is the case of the region where I was born, sometimes called the Tuscany of the North: Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Oh yes! Such a long name, OMG! Just to make the long story short, Friuli comes from Latin ‘forum julii’ meaning ‘marketplace of Julius’, Emperor Julius Caesar. For the big fans of ‘the Gladiator’ in my region you can find plenty of arenas, breathtaking ancient Roman houses, mosaic floors, ancient Roman towns to Medieval and much much more.
And then water. Yes, because it is also one of the rainiest regions in Europe. Well, it could seem unfortunate to you, but to tell you the truth this is a blessing from heaven, oops, from the sky for us Friulians! Thanks to this inestimable resource, our region can offer us (and tourists) all the most appreciated and unforgettable experiences in terms of tastes and aromas, landscapes, food, wines, vegetation and flora, animal life and so much more.
That is to say that ‘ the land where the lemon-trees grow’ (Goethe) can offer so much, not only because of the sun, but mainly because of the water. Especially my region.
If by chance, you come to Europe make a detour to Friuli, and enjoy the beauty born from life: sun + water.
Inspired by the Daily post today’s one-word prompt ~ water
©Dom ~ Photos taken yesterday evening while I was walking in the fields of my Friulian town.