This region prolongs Venetia to the east and it forms the Italian boundary with Austria and Slovenia. The area enjoys a large degree of autonomy in administrative and cultural affairs. In the north is the schistose massif of the Cernic Alps with its forests of conifers and alpine pastures. Friuli-Venezia Giulia is an important silk worm breeding and spinning area. Udine is one of the busiest towns. By way of the Trieste Riviera you will reach this town which was once the busiest port of Austria and now trades with the Far East. Trieste is still subject to a special statute.