Grado has always been an important point of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

It was born as a port serving of Aquileia and castrum, later becoming a temporary seat of the Patriarchate of Aquileia during the Longobard invasion and finally the city of Venetian dominion included in the Dogado.

At the end of '800, under the Austrian domination, the lagoon city changes from simple fishing village to an appreciated seaside resort since the arrival of people like Freud and Pirandello on its shores.
Cultural influences are assimilated; characteristic features of the territory are found in the behaviour of its people, in its typical products and traditions.

Grado offers visitors the opportunity to discover the territories that surround it, which are practicable and can be visited in a very evocative way. One can cross the coastal waterway connecting the mouth of the river Isonzo with the Venetian lagoon; or else go cycling the Alpe Adria stretches that reaches Tarvisio.

Grado and the Friuli Venezia Giulia propose their guests a particularly varied experience with a myriad of possible suggestions that may even surpass the imagination.

The Beach

The main beach of Grado, almost two kilometers long, is close to many areas freely available and provides a range of facilities suitable to accommodate the most demanding tourist in complete comfort.

Thanks to the attention given to the beach, its equipment and the offer as a corollary, that ranges from the renowned bathing establishments to the entertainment facilities, situated along the beach and suitable for any age.

A lot of importance is given to the animation on the beach: stretching, pilates, yoga, water aerobics, nia, Nordic walking, baby club, children's shows, events and happy hour.

The Water Park is located directly on the main beach, surrounded by greenery; a large pool of seawater with hydro massage and cascade jets to tone up your body, trampolines, water slide, children's playground and a bar with underwater seats, for sipping your favorite drink while staying in the water.

During the warmer months of summer you can benefit the sand-therapy or sand-blasting; the oldest treatment process by the Institute Talassoterapico Gradese.

The Lagoon

The lagoon of Grado, with its 90 square kilometers and a front of 17km is extended from Fossalon Grado to the island of Anfora, at the mouth of the rivers Aussa and Corno.

It is the magical natural frame where Grado was born and symbolize the essence of the territory with a myriad of islands, canals and rivers that change color at every hour of day and in every season. Here there are the Casoni, the homes of fishermen built with mud and swamp reeds, a technique dating back to ancient times.

The navigation in the shallow waters of the lagoon can be carried aboard "batele", a typical flat-bottomed wooden rowboat, with canoes and sailboats.

The beauty of the lagoon of Grado is provided by the point of view of nature; a rich presence of arboreal essences, a large variety of birds and the presence of numerous fishing valleys, make the area a unique experience for the visitors of the Golden Island.

The most renowned island is called Mota Safon and was chosen by the director Pier Paolo Pasolini to film some scenes of the movie "Medea" with Maria Callas as its main interpreter.

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia was defined by Ippolito Nievo as a "small compendium of the Universe." The writer could not find better words to describe what can be considered a completely singular case among the Italian regions.

Geography has placed Friuli Venezia Giulia at the border of three main ethnic and linguistic realities of the European continent: Latin, Slavic and Germanic, which, over the centuries, have first clashed and then harmonized together, creating a variety of characteristics and traditions that make this area unique.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia you can find a variety of landscapes and areas: from the fascinating Alpine peaks to the vast wetlands, like the ones of the lagoon of Grado, from the rugged cliffs overlooking the sea to the coasts formed by soft sand bars.

A treasure chest containing a beauty to taste and explore in different times of the year, adjusting one’s own personal experiences to the passing of the seasons and their chromatic differences in conjunction with flavors and typical aromas.