Grado Travel Guide

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Grado Things to Do

  • Get lost...

    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.

    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...

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  • Beach

    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

    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

    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...

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  • S Marco marina

    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

    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...

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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...

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  • The Historical Center

    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...

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie

    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

    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...

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  • The Basilica of Aquiléia

    An imortant sight very close to Grado but neglected by most of the tourists there is the Basilica in the nearby Aquiléia.

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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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    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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    Cupola is covered with frescos (a part of them, you can see on my upper photo) painted by the painter Donadon, and is full of Marian and allegoric images and symbls.

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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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    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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    Empty tables were waiting for guests. It was too early for having lunch. A cluster of good restaurants can be found in the old streets around the basilica. They serve good pizza, fish specialities, good wine and snacks, and more and more.

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    Icecream in Italy is "a must". Nowhere is as delicious as in Italy. And nothing better to do when strolling around in a hot day, is to visit an ice-cream shop and ... It would be a sin not to taste it, even you are on diet. My favourites are all fruit - tasting.

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    On one of the lateral side of the nave, the wall is fill up with smaller and bigger pictures an photos with religious theme. They were brought by worshipper as a token of their gratitude

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    Today's sanctuary was rebuilt in 1924. When you enter the church, you see unusual stoup in red marble depicting the devil forced to cary holy water. This is a copy of the original stoup sculpted by the Franciscan Claudio Granzotto.

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Grado Hotels

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  • Hotel Friuli

    Hotel Friuli is located in the center of Grado, 200 meters from the sea, and has comfortable rooms...

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  • Hotel Meuble Moreri

    OK so to be honest, before the end of our stay we thought this place was great; good location-...

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  • Hotel Savoy

    Riva Slataper 12, Grado, 34073, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Grado Restaurants

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    by coccinella169 Written Aug 8, 2006

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    The old town of Grado is full of excellent restaurants with a nice atmosphere. La Pescada is specialised in sea food and has a very nice garden to sit outside. Staff is very friendly too. They have the usual pasta and seafood dishes and some eccentric combinations as well :). One of the restaurants I like best in Grado!

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Grado Transportation

  • How to go from Trieste to Grado.

    I went to Grado from Trieste by bus. I took a bus from Trieste to Monfalcone. Once in Monfalcone I crossed the road and took a bus to Grado. The bus station in Grado is piazza Carpaccio; which is just a couple of streets from the harbour.

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  • Wanna come by train+bus?!?

    The nearest railway station to Grado is in Cervignano and regular buses make the 25-minute journey. Cervignano station is on the regional railway line which connects Venice and Trieste, making it easy and cheap to reach either city.The bus station in Grado is in Piazza Carpaccioin the center (just a couple of streets from the harbour). Buses, which...

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  • Coming by plane

    Trieste Airport (also known as the Aeroporto Friuli-Venezia Giulia) is just 11 miles from Grado. There are direct bus services, run by APT, from the airport to Grado; the journey takes about an hour. Other convenient airports include Venice Marco Polo and Venice Treviso in the Veneto - from Venice or Treviso you can take the train up into...

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Grado Local Customs

  • Perdon de Barbana

    Once every year, on the first Sunday in July, there is a religious festival on the lagoon when a procession of decorated boats heads across to the Isola di Barbana. The festival is held for celebrating Grado's relief from a thirteenth-century outbreak of plague. This event is called the Perdon de Barbana.I wasn't there during the festival time but...

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  • Windows

    This one is my dearest memory from Grado, small windows with wooden shutters coloured in olive green colour. All this windows are decorated by the flowers making it very cute scenery. The house, with this windows, stands right opposite to the cathedral, you can't miss it.

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  • Stone houses

    Another example of stone house which attracted me very much. It is situated right next to the cathedral and its front facade looks very dynamic.

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Grado Off The Beaten Path

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    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    Some fine details can be seen on the facades when strolling in the old core of the town. I can't tell you the name of an small squre (piazzetta) where this picture can be seen, placed on the front facade of an house. It is in the close vicinity of the cathedral, after all, the historic core of Grado is very small.

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  • Beaches

    The beaches of Grado are on the Adriatic side of the island, facing the sea with views up to the head of the Adriatic and across to the mountains of Slovenia and Croatia. There are a couple of beaches in Grado: the main beach is wide and sandy (with some grit and shells) and stretches along the length of the modern holiday town, backed by pine...

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  • The Approach to Grado

    We were taken to Grado from Trieste by bus. It was a long causeway crossing the lagoon from the mainland: It was very similar to arriving in Venice, but with a much emptier landscape. The Grado lagoon is dotted with small islands including the church-island of Barbana. Ahead lies Grado, a long thin island dividing the lagoon from the Adriatic sea....

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  • Fishermen's village

    The small wooden boats like this serve for angle fisihing in the skin-deep water or taking out the squids. It is the best way for fishing the highest quality fish which can be found in the Adriatic.

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