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    Get lost...

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 30, 2014
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    in the town center.

    The old core of Grado is made mostly of stone houses. It has narrow streets (calli), small squares (campielli) as in Venice. There are not channels.

    You can wander there for at least a couple of hours or maybe more.

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    The main sights.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 30, 2014
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    One of the highlights of this town is the Basilica of Saint Eufemia. It has a beautiful mosaic pavement which covers almost the entire floor surface. This church dates from the end of the VI century. It was built on the site of a previous basilica built between the IV and V centuries. Beside this church there is a baptistery which dates to the fifth century. Some meters from the church you can see the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. It was built at the end of the VI century. This church was built over another one of the V century. It is smaller than the Basilica of S. Eufemia and houses a beautiful colourful Madonna.

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    Beach

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2014

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    Grado is mainly a beach, but, staying in Lignano Sabbiadoro, we didn't go there to use the beach, but only to... have a look.
    It is a wide and calm beach, too calm for us, in mid September, announcing the arrival of low season.
    Nothing to criticise, but it is not exactly the kind of beach able to invite us to leave Portugal

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    Sainte Euphemia

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2014

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    Located in the historic centre, the "Campo dei Patriarchi", this is Grado's main monument. A byzantine church, used as cathedral until the 15th century, it has interesting mosaics, frescoes and silver paintings.

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    Barbana

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2014

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    In my way to and from Grado, my attention was caught by a distant dome. I had to check what it is. Well, it is a interesting (it seems) "modern" church, built in the 18th century in Romanesque style, to replace an older one, built in the 5th century, and isolated in a island by the growth of the lagoon, since the 11th century.
    Unless you have you own boat, the only way to visit is to take a ferry in Grado, for a 20 minutes trip. We didn't!

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    S Marco marina

    by solopes Written Aug 4, 2012
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    Standing at the mouth of a large lagoon, its is not a surprise the big and safe marina that unfolds close to the centre of town. Easy access, easy parking, easy supplying, but the shallow water in the lagoon only allows boats until 20 meters.

    (I can't take mine there!)

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    Laguna

    by solopes Written Jul 5, 2012
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    The big laguna is world for itself. We stayed at the other end of its mouth, at Lignano sabbiadoro, and needed to drive almost 80 km to reach Grado. There are boat trips in the laguna from both sides, but we found no regular boat linking both ends. Strange! I understand that being in Lignano the visit ot Grado is appealing, but the opposite doesn't work, since Lignano is only a beach, without anything to add to Grado. There is a taxi service to three islands, expensive charter boats, so, exploring the laguna is not easy nor cheap.

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    Isola di Barbana

    by Pinat Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Isola di Barbana

    The Isola di Barbana is the small island that you will see across the lagoon. There is a church on the island. We were told that the church, which is a Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna, was a popular pilgrimage destination.

    There is a scheduled ferry service to the island, but in the winter it only runs on Sundays (for Mass). The boat to Barbana leaves from the Canale della Schiusa. There is a noticeboard alongside the ticket kiosk where you can see the departure times for the ferries.

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    The Historical Center

    by Pinat Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Grado Streets

    The historical center of Grado is quite small compared with the modern town, and both sea and lagoon are invisible. Still, in my opinion, this little medieval quarter is the most charming part of Grado. Similar to Venice, medieval Grado is composed of calli and campielli (lanes and courtyards). The old fishermen's houses cluster together, almost one on top of the other; all winding alleys, pretty little squares and staircases decorated with plants (completely adorable: Check the pic!). It's surprisingly easy to lose your sense of direction, although the maze is not very complicated. The whole area has a well-kept and friendly feeling, and is surrounded with bars and restaurants.

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    Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie

    by Pinat Written Jul 23, 2009

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    Just over the square from the Duomo, there is an impressive early church: the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. This dates back to the fourth century and contains a few early sculptures. To the right of the nave, there is an open area where you can look down at mosaics dating to an early phase of the building.

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    Basilica di Sant'Eufemia

    by Pinat Written Jul 23, 2009

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    Grado's cathedral, the Duomo or Basilica di Sant'Eufemia is probably the town's best tourist sight. It is in a little square called Campo dei Patriarchi, which is the historic center of Grado. The church dates back to the sixth century, although it has undergone some restoration.

    The angel on the campanile is a popular local symbol. Inside there is an impressive mosaic that covers almost the entire floor surface. Through a glass panel in the floor it's possible to see a small patch of even older mosaic.

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    Grado

    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Near the sanctuary, you can visit the Chapel of the Apparition. Due to the legend, the chapel was built on exact the same point where Mary's wooden statue was found after the terrible storm which affected the island in year 582 A.D.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The nain altar of the church is precious work of the late 17th century realized by two Venetian sculpturors. On the altar stands the beautiful wooden statue of Our Lady, also realized on 17th century.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Inside the Chapel of the Apparition there are Egidio Bullesi's remains. He died at the age of 24 and will soon be beatified. There are also some nice paintings in fresco.
    Every first Sunday in July, thousands of pilgrims visited Barbana sanctuary in order to wenew a vow made to Virgin Mary in year 1237.

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    Grado

    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The area around the chapel is encircled by a little cementery . These is the place, where guardians are buried and beside them also devote persons who decided to be buried on the island. As it is not much space around the chapel , the graveyard is reduced only on monks, to be buried there.

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