Twice a week, IL FARO organizes trips to discover the many hidden picturesque sites of the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, all easily reachable by train or by bus. Some of the destinations are: Treviso, Gorizia, Portogruaro, Aquileia, Trieste, Concordia Sagittaria, Verona, Spilimbergo, Sesto al Reghena, Cividale del Friuli, Padova and boat trips in the lagoon. On the trips you discover our region and its many different aspects: culture, landscapes, traditions … and of course, food and wine.
Some of our day trips:
Archaeological site of Concordia and civic museum of Portogruaro
Concordia was a prosperous Roman settlement founded in 42 BC. The town is full of archaeological remains from the 4th–5th centuries, many of which are held in the civic museum of the nearby city of Portogruaro, where you can admire various statues, mosaics, and stone inscriptions. Portogruaro is also famous in its own right for its wealth of lavish renaissance palazzi dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Caorle Lagoon (boat trip)
“The world of Ernest Hemingway”. From the 1930s onwards the American Nobel laureate was a regular visitor to this area. The author’s memories live on today among the people of the small village of Falconera, gateway to an uncontaminated natural paradise. Here the fishermen’s way of life has remained unchanged for countless years. Among the waterways you can admire the “casoni”, a type of hut generally constructed from wood and covered in straw, which was once common throughout the venetian lagoon.
This city, once upon a time considered the ‘garden of Venice’, offers medieval walkways and piazzas, adorned with frescoed arcades and palazzi overlooking elegant boutique shops fronts.
Gorizia, situated on the border between Italy and Slovenia, is a meeting point of three cultures: Italian, Austrian, and Slovenian. During its long period of Austro-Hungarian rule the city was called “the Austrian Nice”, as it was favoured by the Austrian nobility for its mild climate. On our daytrip we will visit the beautiful medieval castle and the Piazza Transalpina (where it’s possible to stand with one foot in Italy and the other in Slovenia). Following this we will conclude with a short stop in a typical trattoria situated among the vineyards of Collio, a region well-known for the production of excellent wines.
Wine cellar D.O.C. Lison-Pramaggiore
The Veneto is a region which produces excellent wines (for example: Soave, Pinot grigio, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Prosecco). Close to Caorle is one of the most important areas for the production of quality wines, Lison-Pramaggiore (D.O.C.). Our excursion includes a visit to a local wine cellar, including a demonstration of the process of wine production and a tasting of famous wines.
Sesto al Reghena
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Sesto is a small town of Roman origins. Here you can admire the impressive abbey, one of the last medieval abbeys that survives to this day in Italy. Going back to the 9th Century, it was completely destroyed during the barbarian invasions and then reconstructed with defensive walls and watch towers which make it resemble a medieval castle. Inside there are well-preserved frescos from the 12th and 13th centuries.
The calendar of excursions and corresponding prices is available at the school. All excursions take place at the discretion of IL FARO, subject to a sufficient number of interested students.
Cividale del Friuli
This small town, crossed by the clear waters of the river Natisone, was one of the most important Lombard cities in northern Italy. Recently it has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. Our trip takes us to the city museum and the tempietto longobardo… as well as a short break in a pasticceria to try some ‘strucchi’, a delicious local speciality.
In this small town, awarded “Jewel of Italy” in 2013, there is a splendid castle as well as the cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the most important gothic buildings of Friuli. Yet Spilimbergo is known above all as the “city of mosaics” due to the presence of the ‘Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli’ (which we will visit), a prestigious and internationally famous organisation which is at the cutting edge, renowned for both the techniques and materials which they use use.
Founded in 181 BC due to its ideal strategic location, Aquileia became a rich and flourishing city, so much so that it became celebrated in the 4th century as the ninth city of the Roman Empire, famous for its gate and defensive city walls. Its archaeological area is similarly important and was pronounced a UNESCO world heritage site 1998. We will visit the Basilica, the remains of the Roman forum and the river port, as well as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the most important archaeological museums in northern Italy..




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