80 km far from Lignano, wedged between the mountains and the sea, there's Trieste, the capital city of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. It still shows the signs of its Medieval past: the Roman Basilica, the fortress and the Cathedral with precious mosaics. The recent past of the city, the Asburgic tradition and the legendary cosmopolitanism are reflected in the city centre, where roads are flanked by elegant Neoclassical buildings, Art Nouveau monuments and mighty churches of different religions.
In Trieste surroundings you can also admire the Giant Cave, the largest tourist cave in the world, and Muggia, the small Istrian city with the ruins of ancient Medieval walls.
65 km far from Lignano. Famous for its ham, San Daniele also hosts many historical buildings like the 18th century Duomo, the Gothic church of S. Antonio and the Guarneriana Library. Not far away, in Spilimbergo, you’ll find the Mosaic School of Friuli, which is famous all over the world, and many interesting buildings from different periods, as, for example, the 15th century “Palazzo Dipinto” (“Painted Palace”), in the yard of the castle.