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Riding a bike

Vineyards in the midst of small villages and local products, a place where nature and taste come together: this is the Collio. This area in the province of Gorizia and near the Slovenian border is the place where fine wines are produced, as well as the ideal destination for a holiday marked only by the rhythms of nature. The film director Matteo Oleotto also enhanced these areas by setting the first and second seasons of the TV series “Volevo fare la Rockstar”: Gorizia, Mossa, Cormons, Oslavia, Capriva and many other locations. Cycling will enable you to appreciate the landscape even more: for example, along the Wine and Cherries Road, a circular route of almost 37 km that starts from Gorizia and takes you around the film locations. A shorter alternative is the “Slow Collio”, a 9-km cycle and pedestrian path connecting Mossa, an enchanting village at the gates of the Collio, to Capriva del Friuli. The itinerary ends in the surroundings of Spessa Castle, which, in the past, also hosted the heart-breaker par-excellence Giacomo Casanova. What are you waiting for to fall in love with the Collio landscapes too?

A Case of Conscience 4

Taken from a short story by Leonardo Sciascia, the film tells the story of a young lawyer who decides to leave his job to help the most vulnerable and needy. The series has now reached its fifth chapter (in progress) and is set and filmed in Trieste, where for the purposes of the story, the seat of the Prefecture becomes the Court of Trieste, while the interior of the Palazzo Gopcevich, overlooking the Ponterosso canal, becomes the lawyer’s chambers. The protagonist, Rocco Tasca, is played by Sebastiano Somma. Among the locations used in Trieste are the waterfront, the Grignano marina,


After a brilliant career as a fencer, Paul works as a sports journalist for a small newspaper. One day a close friend, Franz, is struck down by a heart attack. Paul decides to investigate his friend’s past and finds that his death hides secrets. Udine stands out as a location. We see the headquarters of the ‘Messaggero Veneto’, the newspaper of Friuli, via Mercatovecchio, where the first market of the town was held in 1200 and the Friuli Stadium. Gemona, emblem of post-earthquake reconstruction, and Cividale, chief of the network ‘Italia Langobardorum’ and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, are


“Easy” is a nickname for Isidoro, who had to leave his racing career because of his weight gain. One day his brother asks him a special favour: a Ukrainian worker had died on the job and the body must be discreetly carried back to Ukraine. Easy now has the opportunity to drive again … a hearse. Among the various locations, the Matteotti Bridge is remarkable: since 1936 it has connected Grado with the mainland in the direction of Belvedere-Aquileia. Did you know that Grado was once only accessible by boat? So, imagine the crucial role this bridge plays in the

From appetizer to dessert

Friuli Venezia Giulia is a land to be savoured … following the film locations!If you loved Salvatores’s film “Come Dio comanda” shot in Pordenone and Montereale Valcellina, it is impossible not to choose a typical appetizer from the Pordenone area: pitina, a salami of peasant origins born from the need to preserve meat during the long winter months. After the appetizer, comes the first course: the Cjarsons, a Carnic dish whose origins date back to the Middle Ages. Cjarsons are ravioli prepared with a dough made of water, salt and flour with a filling of various herbs; you can taste

La Porta Rossa 2

In this second season, the Police Commissioner Cagliostro stays in the world of the living and keeps an eye on Jonas, the man who woke up after thirty years in a coma. Cagliostro attends while his wife Anna gives birth, but his joy is broken by a vision of his daughter… The “Porta Rossa” was the longest production ever filmed in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Did you notice the peculiarity of the neighbourhood Vanessa lives in? This is the “Quadrilatero di Melara”, a single, large architectural organism characteristic of the 1970s and inspired by Le Corbusier’ s concept of collective abode.

Mai scherzare con le stelle

Ines is a young psychologist with a temporary job as a garbage woman, a passion for horoscopes and the tendency to tell lies. Alfredo is an engineering researcher developing a robot that can intercept human tastes and desires. They live in the same building and don’t like it at first, but circumstances will bring them closer! This romantic comedy is set in Udine and Gorizia. One of the places within the film is the Parco Basaglia in Gorizia, which was part of a former mental hospital. The pavilions of the district cover a large green area with trees and animals.

Se mi lasci ti sposo

Giulia and Marco are a couple in crisis, but they cannot break the relationship: precarious and penniless thirty-year-olds, they cannot afford to pay double bills, rent and daily expenses. At this point the two come up with an idea: why not pretend to get married, to collect the money of the wedding gifts and so be able to afford to each go on their own way? Thus begins the staging: a deconsecrated church, musicians who leave much to be desired and buffets sui generis, the fiction takes shape. Too bad that, in the end, not everything goes as planned. Friuli

The Borgias

Blood and intrigue for the third and final season of the Franco-German fiction series – making record breaking viewing figures in many of the 90 countries in which it is broadcast – which portrays the events and intrigues of the Borgias, one of the most influential families in Renaissance Rome. Two the locations were chosen in Fvg. The Castle of Gorizia, in its debut film, where instruments of torture and blood-stained clothes are the focal point of an execution. Throughout its history, the castle underwent several changes and was used for different functions, from administrative centre to barracks, to prison.

There was once a city of fools

The city of fools: the asylum. With all its weight of horror and cruelty, the director takes us to places of segregation and concealment where the ‘mentally ill’ are forgotten. It’s a film based on the work of Basaglia, the man who gave his name to the Law (No. 180), which closed the italian asylums in 1978. The film has now become a book of the same name, with a double DVD subtitled in several languages for the ‘Collana 180 – Archivio critico della salute mentale’ from the Edizioni Alphabeta Verlag publishing house. In the film, you see: in Gorizia,

Volevo fare la rockstar

A 27-year-old girl gets into an existential crisis and decides to realize her childhood dream of becoming a rock star. Olivia’s decision will also shake those around her, including her brother Eros. The story takes place in the fictional town of Caselonghe, made up of parts of Cormons, Gorizia and also the village of Mossa. Historically inhabited by the Romans, its origins actually go back to the Neolithic. This pretty village in the province of Gorizia introduces you to the Collio region: flat areas and typical products, here nature and taste meet to regenerate you with their beauty! Read Sabrina

Volevo fare la Rockstar 2

In this second season the protagonists grapple with new problems and Olivia’s life becomes more complicated. Will our characters be able to find a balance and make their dreams come true? A charming place in this second season is the ancient “Amideria Chiozza” in Perteole in the municipality of Ruda (Udine). The starch factory was founded in 1865 on the remains of a mill as a small company for the production of corn starch. It was the first factory in Lower Friuli and is also a valuable source for the production technologies used in the past. For this reason, the

Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot

Paolo Bressan: forty, adrift, cynical and misanthropic, spends his days in the inn of a small village near Gorizia. One day his nephew Zoran, shows up, a strange sixteen-year-old brought up in the mountains of Slovenia. Paolo has to take care of the lad and he discovers the boy’s bizarre gift: he is brilliant at darts. For Paolo it is an opportunity to take revenge against the world. Acclaimed by the public at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, the film did not have the usual promotion: the invitation was to visit Casa Zoran, a villa transformed for the occasion