Friuli Venezia Giulia

Fun-filled family getaways to Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia – or FVG for short – might just be Italy's most spectacular region in the autumn.

My kids certainly think so: they love visiting this north-eastern part of the country when the cooler season has well and truly set in, and spots like the alpine valleys are flush with striking reds, oranges and golds.

The area has plenty of activities to keep little ones busy, from feeding ostriches to ziplining in the mountains. If you’re planning to visit this varied region in autumn, here are my child-approved spots to visit, eat and stay.

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Family-friendly experiences


From whooshing waterfalls to interactive zoos.

Where to stay with the family

Choose from castles, cabins and contemporary hotels.

A mix of antique and modern design


The Seven Historical Suites has a gorgeous design scheme – it mixes dramatic features like an oversized Sicilian chandelier with modern, muted walls. It felt so good coming back here to flop on our plush round bed after exploring Trieste. The rooms are spacious enough for small families – just ask for a crib or cot in advance if you’re travelling with a little one. We borrowed kids’ music and DVDs from the hotel as well to keep the children entertained while we were resting.

Seven Historical Suites

9.6 Excellent (254 reviews)

Rural elegance in FVG's highest village


This alpine-chic hotel in Sauris is all rustic woods both inside and out, blending in with its tree-lined setting. We loved cuddling up on comfy plaid sofas after days breathing in the fresh air of this village 1,212 metres above sea level. Pick an apartment with a kitchenette so you can make little eaters their favourite meals, then bundle up and eat outside surrounded by the fiery colours of the autumn leaves.

Albergo Diffuso

9.0 Excellent (131 reviews)

A golf course, a spa and horse riding


This upscale hotel is surprisingly kid-friendly. I was dying to stay here because of the cutting-edge architecture designed by Alessio Princic. Once I heard you could go horse riding with the little ones, I was even more sold. My other half and I took it in turns babysitting so we could make the most of the facilities. I chose a spa session – hello, hydro and mud therapy – and he had a round of golf.

Villaverde Hotel & Resort

8.7 Excellent (68 reviews)

The top choice for bunking up in a castle


The kids got very excited when they found out we were staying in a castle. Truth be told, so did I! I was taken with this hotel’s fairytale-esque turreted architecture, along with the majestic views out over Colli’s rolling hills. Once the kids were tucked up in bed after a board game tournament, I sipped on a glass of Friuli vino – this spot’s also a wine estate – while gazing out over the grapevine-studded landscape. Bliss.

Hotel Castello di Buttrio

Top rated
9.6 Excellent (91 reviews)

Family-friendly meals


Enjoy the heartiest seasonal produce in FVG.

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