In 1963 Leonardo Specogna, after residing in Switzerland as an emigrant for some years (typical situation for the people of the Friuli region in those years), went back to Friuli Venezia Giulia and bought a small plot of land on the hills of Rocca Bernarda in Corno di Rosazzo, in the heart of the vineyards in Friuli. These lands have always been devoted to oenology and here the plant of the vine has found the best conditions since Roman times, thanks to the fact that in this oriental strip of land of our region the climate and the soil have features that are unique and exceptional for wine making.

Full interview is available in the first issue of InnoVibe Magazine.



Discovering Trieste: a bridge between the present and the past in Europe

Short-list of “to do things” in Trieste

I love Trieste.

I spent in Trieste more than 13 years of my life and I always feel a sense of melancholy, when my mind goes back to the time I lived there.

Trieste is very close to the borders of Slovenia and Austria. This is the reason why the first impression you may have visiting the city and its surroundings, is that you can feel like you are not looking at a typical Italian town. Being part of the Austrian territory from 1382 until 1919, Trieste was the historical Austrian harbor for long time. The influence of Austro-Hungarian cultural heritage is still a strong feature that characterizes the architecture of the city, even in the typical local cuisine and food and, more in general, in the attitude of people: apparently cold and reserved, distant and (at a first sight) almost unfriendly. But, no worries, after a while and a glass of local wine (and in this regard the choice offered by the region is exceptional) everybody will be friendly and glad to introduce you to the beauty of the city and a “spritz”, an aperitif typical of the North East region of Italy. You will also enjoy the possibility to learn some words of the local slang, used in all context of everyday life and absolutely necessary to request a cup of coffee in one of the historical cafeterias of Trieste. There are at least nine ways to taste coffee… and never forget that Trieste is also well known to be the city of coffee (for the presence of one of the most worldwide recognized coffee company, the Illycaffè).

Therefore, let’s start a short journey to see the most attractive places to visit for a quick stop in the city.

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Studying has never be so nice and fun: being a researcher at ICTP

Shiny Happy Scientists from all over the world

From the words of the Director General of ICTP

“Trieste represents a unique example of ‘City of Science’, not only in the region but also at national and international level and the recognition given by the ESOF confirms that the context is real and strong. It will be an important opportunity to attract a clear visibility and to strengthen reputation at European level.

Numbers are very clear, more than words.

Further than the Regional Science and Innovations System (which accounts about 59 among centres and institutions committed to scientific research and international cooperation), the city hosts the “Trieste System” formed by more than 30 research institutions located on its territory: universities, institutions and laboratories that carry out the most innovative research in diversified scientific fields with solid international collaborations. The city has an average ratio of 3:1 scientists for citizen; it is a matter of fact: a number that is well above the average number of other cities in Italy or even abroad.

Furthermore, we have an average number of 5000 scientists from every single country of the world visiting ICTP every year. This allows a continuous flows of scientists, therefore a continuous knowledge sharing, a continuous exchange of experiences, not only related to the scientific context but more in general, from a cultural point of view. It represents an exceptional opportunity for the overall growth of the international community. To complete the picture, we also have to mention that over 140,000 scientists from 188 countries, most of them developing countries, have benefitted from ICTP since its foundation. Including an average of per year of 800 participants to regional training courses organized by ICTP but held in other countries.

These numbers are a primacy that only science can boast: science is always ahead in society in its capacity to overcome contrasts and to bring together people from different countries.”

Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director General of ICTP

Take a break with a glass of wine, on the hills of Collio Region

Enjoy the passion and enthusiasm of Cristian Specogna, a young Italian winemaker

“Let’s celebrate Cabernet Franc Day!

This variety does very well in the Veneto and also in our neighboring region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The Vignaioli Specogna Winery in Friuli produces a particularly nice Cabernet Franc and Carmenère blend.
Come explore the stellar wine producing areas of the Collio and the Colli Orientali del Friuli with us – perfect as a day trip from Venice.”

Cristian Specogna, Azienda Agricola Specogna

For more detailed information, visit the website of Azienda Agricola Specogna or their Social Pages.