Important reminder: Venice IS NOT in Friuli-Venezia Giulia but in Veneto!
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is one of the twenty regions of Italy, and one of five autonomous regions with special statute. The capital is Trieste. It has an area of 7,856 km² and about 1.2 million inhabitants. A natural opening to the sea for many Central European countries, the region is traversed by the major transport routes between the east and west of southern Europe.
Apart from Italian, the Friulian language is spoken throughout the region; there is also a sizeable Slovenian and a small German minority.