Maniago’s talent for blacksmith art expanded to the point that the town is today identified as the “city of knives” by definition.
In the last decades the ability and know-how of Maniago’s smiths have been reshaped and adjusted to meet the current needs of modern market: diversification was the key to keep pace with the new market demands and to face the new challenges, hence classic production evolved into highly technological manufacture to fit specific market niches.
Nowadays Maniago holds more than one prestigious international record and is considered as reference model for the quality excellence and the huge technological value of its products. Maniago’s manufacturers are worldwide leaders in the following sectors:
• Surgical instruments,
• Blades for turbines,
• Spatulas for fine arts,
• Corkscrews of refined design
Besides, Maniago’s manufacturers are often winners of prestigious international prizes like “Best Manufacturer” and “Best Product” at the Blade Show in Atlanta USA. Over the centuries working methods changed considerably due to technical developments but in the District of Knives the core values and the engine have remained the same as in the past: a rich know-how coming from its solid historical background and above all the great passion which all these manufacturers still put in their daily activity. Exceptional skill and deep love: a magic combination which charms the world and reflects Maniago’s centenary culture.
Friuli Venezia Giulia is an Italian region located at the eastern far end of our peninsula, characterized by a wide variety of environmental and historical treasures.
Travelling in Friuli means having a chance to encounter an immeasurable variety of landscapes: starting from the seaside, with Lignano e Grado’s sandy beaches (renowned holiday resorts) and Trieste’s jagged coasts, passing by the flat valley with its fields of different shades of green, brown and yellow. Going then through the piedmont area and the hills (like the famous Collio, in which some of the finest and most requested wines are produced) up to the mountains where we can admire the magnificence of Friulian Dolomites, Carnic Alps and Julian Alps.
Friuli is remarkable also for its cultural heritage, which is as rich as its landscape. In fact, due to its position, held between Austria, Slovenia and Veneto, our region has benefited from various influences that have defined its peculiar background of tradition.
Udine and Trieste are the most important cities that best represent the duality of this region: on the one hand, the Friulian identity, referred to the territory led by Udine, on the other the Julian identity, related to Trieste’s area. Friuli Venezia Giulia boasts many sites of historical and archaeological interest as i.e. the town of Aquileia – rich in artefacts dating back to the Roman Empire, Cividale del Friuli – sit of the first Langobardic ducat in Italy and Palmanova – declared National Heritage in 1960.
The name Friuli Venezia Giulia itself is related to the Roman origin of the region. It comes from the Latin Forum Iulii, ancient name of Cividale del Friuli. This town was founded in the late II Century BC as a Castrum (encampment) and during Julius Cesar’s government became a forum (Market). Therefore, the name Friuli comes from the Latin Forum Julii, whereas the specification Venezia Giulia has been added to remember the Venetians and the Gens Iulia.
In this fascinating region, it is possible to visit some of the so called “Italy’s most beautiful hamlets”, where you can admire the most pure aspect of the region: Sesto al Reghena, Valvasone, Venzone and Poffabro.
Friuli Venezia Giulia is without any doubt one of the most beautiful and varied eating-and-drinking reality in Italy. The utmost typical local product is Prosciutto di San Daniele, well known and exported everywhere in the world, as much as Montasio cheese and Prosciutto di Sauris (a typical variety of smoked ham).
Among the cured meats stick out salame, soppressa, musèt e pitina. The typical dishes of our regional cuisine are frico, made of cheese and potatoes or onion, and polenta. The most typical dessert in Friuli is Gubana, a dough roll filled in with dried fruit. Friuli Venezia Giulia is also renowned for production of spirits and wine distilates, especially Grappa, of different kinds and tastes.
Friuli is famous in Italy and abroad for its richest wine variety as Friulano, Ribolla, Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Schioppettino, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Terrano, Tazzelenghe, Picolit, Verduzzo and many others…
What was named so far represent not only a top-rank visiting card for Friuli, but also the basis of an agro-industrial tradition on which regional and national economy rests, contributing in the creation of the Italian quality for which we are famous in the world.
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