Friuli Venezia Giulia
The economy of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is based on many different sectors, but the sea is one of the most important, specially in Trieste, the regional chief city, and in Gorizia, where the shipbuilding industry has a relevant weight in the local GNP.
The main Italian shipyard active in the construction of passenger ships, Fincantieri, operates in Friuli Venezia Giulia, forming a pool of induced activities involving 400 enterprises active in the field of naval engineering, project planning, mechanical-naval carpentry, fittings, supplies, material, furnishings and equipment for all areas of cruise ships.
Friuli Venezia Giulia region, located in the Eastern-North part of Italy, can fully take advantage from East/West and North/South trade flows and play the role of a natural bridge between East and West as an ideal logistic interchange platform between Central and Eastern Europe and the Far East.
Trieste is at the centre of global sea transport dynamics: the geographical position of the town is very advantageous to sea operators, since it lies between economically mature areas and strongly expanding ones.
The shortest way to connect Europe with the most dynamic Asian countries is through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, thus favouring the ports of the Upper Adriatic Sea. Let us make an example: a container coming from Shanghai and destined to Munich would take via Trieste about six days less than the journey through Rotterdam.