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Friuli is an area of north-eastern Italy.

In year 50 B.C., the Romans founded a town, named "Forum Julii" (The market of Julius) after Julius Caesar, Rome's ruler. After conquest byCharlemagne's Franks, Forum Julii became Civitas Austriae (Eastern City).

The former name now refers to the whole land ruled by this town, under the modern form Friuli.