Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Welcome to “Collioshire”

Collio is an area in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a region in the North East corner of Italy, where my family is originally from.
This area is famous internationally for its  superb production of wine, especially whites like Tocai, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Ribolla and others. The landscape is beautiful too, with hills, towns punctuated by bell towers, vineyards, orchards, fields of poppies and wild flowers.
Some houses are built in stones and present the typical balcony of the region, with wood balustrade, geraniums and petunias flow from them creating a cheerful focal point.
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In clear days the crown of Giulian Alps can be seen, as a spectacular backdrop, especially when snow is on the top, in winter.
You may wonder where the name Giulia for the region and the Alps come from, and it comes from Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor, even the name Friuli means Forum Julii or city of Julius.
The whole region has a pre-Roman origin since it was first inhabited by Celtic people, and remains of their history can be seen, together with Roman artifacts.
A region not yet well known, as I said previously in other posts, even by Italians, but worth the trip for a visit to absburgic Trieste, the Venetian Udine, the Longbard Cividale, the Roman Aquileja. Cormons e varie 2011 062

To go back to the title of the post: “Collioshire” I refer to the success of the Tuscan region of Chianti that became famous years ago to the point of being called Chiantishire by English speaking travellers, the same success is starting now in Collio, where Sting, Depardieu and others are trying to buy vineyards and where luxury country Hotels, Bed and Breakfast and simple Agriturismi are offering great choice of accommodations.
A toast to Collio!

Photography ©by Albarosa Simonetti

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Petra Voegtle said...

Lovely photography and a nice article about this area. Thank you for sharing - tante saluti from Munich!!!

Theresa Cheek said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing more about this region. I need to explore it in the future.

mary said...

Beautiful images--Giulia is gorgeous. And I love Italy; this area is pristinely gorgeous.

peggy braswell said...

Adore your images. Thanks for the taking me along on this trip to Collio. xxpeggybraswelldesign

Karena said...

This region is so gorgeous with these stunning vistas!

Art by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I would love to toast to Collio too. Your photos are stunning and to an American like me the scenery is next to heaven. Truly a spot I could live the rest of my life out. Thank you for posting Albarosa & sharing it's history. So fascinating that your family originates from there.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Marcus Design said...

Albarosa, you always take the most amazing photographs! This really does look like heaven, thank you so much for sharing it will us!
Nancy xo

the modern sybarite ™ said...

TAKE ME AWAY ...... it's Paradise. Love the site!

Claudia Juestel said...

As you know I am very familar with the area, and I have fond memories of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Beautiful photos Albarosa!



laughingsalmon said...

Just found your blog...HEAVENLY...look forward to reading the older posts...Bellissima

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