Travel to this Italian region for free.

It can’t be too hard to persuade any individual to drop all responsibilities for a free visit to Italy. I, for one, would do it without convincing because I’m an escapist.

For those who, for some reason, need persuading – a small Italian region is offering free transportation and discounted museum admissions to encourage travelers to visit.

Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region, also known as the birthplace of grappa and tiramisu (yum!), is a great place to explore Italy without the hordes of other tourists. Now, the local tourist board is paying people to visit and experience the under-visited region for themselves

The new tourism scheme launched last week and will run until May 31 of 2023. It will reimburse travel costs for people traveling by train from anywhere in Italy to Trieste, Udine, Grado (also referred to as ‘Little Venice’ because of its canals), and Lignano Sabbiadoro (renowned for its stunning beaches).

As part of the package, travelers will also receive free public transportation on state-run Trenitalia trains in and around their chosen destination, along with free or discounted admission to museums, attractions, and guided tours. 

There are a few fine print details to keep in mind: A two-night minimum stay in Friuli Venezia Giulia is required. Public holidays and Christmas and Easter holidays are not included. Additionally, accommodations and first-class train tickets are not covered by the promotion.

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