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Friuli Venezia Giulia: a place rich in history, art and culture, inside and outside Grado.

It is not only Grado that encloses an extensive heritage within its walls: the surroundings of Grado are real jewels to be discovered, one step at a time. Visit some of the most beautiful cities near the Sun Island!

Grado and its surroundings

The town of Grado: the beating heart of historical and artistic beauty.

From the city centre to the beach, passing through the lagoon: every centimetre of the island is full of stories to tell. Indeed, it is not only the sea that attracts thousands of tourists every year, but also the historic centre, with so many monuments and buildings to be discovered.
Furthermore, in 20 minutes you can reach – by boat or by ferry – the small island of Barbana and visit its sanctuary.


About 15 minutes by car from Grado is Aquileia, one of the richest towns in history in all of Italy.

Its strategic position between the port and the hinterland made it central for trade in Roman times. Well-known for having represented the seat of the medieval Patriarchate, Aquileia was an extremely important religious and political entity during the Middle Ages, so much so that it was the fourth most important city of the Roman Empire in Italy.
Do not miss a visit to the Basilica of the Patriarchs and the remains dating back to the Roman age that can be found throughout the city, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Palmanova, a Venetian fortress in Friuli with an unmistakable star shape, is located about 30 minutes from Grado.

World Heritage Site, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy since 2018, its history is intertwined with that of Venice.
The city is surrounded by a double wall: you enter through one of the three monumental gates and, through the radiating streets, you arrive in Piazza Grande, the heart of Palmanova. The most important buildings and statues of the city overlook the square.
Rich in museums that tell its history, Palmanova is a city that conquers all those who visit it.


An hour's drive from Grado, Trieste is the regional capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

One of the most important ports in the Mediterranean in the past, the city is full of attractions such as churches, museums, palaces and artisan shops.
Piazza Unità d’Italia, in front of the Molo Audace, is absolutely worth a visit. If you are a lover of castles, do not miss the Miramare Castle, which is located on the promontory of Grignano. The castle, which has now become a historical museum, is surrounded by the vast and beautiful park of Miramare and overlooks the Marine Reserve of Trieste, where it is possible to practice underwater activities.
After drinking a coffee in one of the many historical “literary cafes” of Trieste, a meeting place for writers and poets of the past, you just have to visit the vast and incredible historical and artistic heritage of the city!


About 40 minutes from Grado is Gorizia, a city whose history revolves around that of the First World War.

Gorizia is a beautiful town bordering Slovenia, with a troubled but really interesting history.
A city, that of Gorizia, to be admired above all by walking: only in this way, it is possible to grasp the beauty of the evocative streets of its historic centre, of the sixteenth-century buildings, of the boulevards and of the city squares.
On the hill overlooking the city stands the Castle of Gorizia, a former fortress and prison, which was owned by the Hapsburg Empire and from which you can admire the splendid panorama over the whole city.
Finally, if you love wine and nature, Collio is ideal for you: the area is rich in vineyards (where fine DOC wines are produced) and magnificent landscapes to be explored.

Promoturismo FVG

If the overview of these cities has intrigued you, visit the official Friuli Venezia Giulia tourism website. Inside you will be able to learn more about all the historical, artistic, natural and food and wine beauties that our Region offers, including the events scheduled in the most important Friulian cities.


The houses represent an interesting and comfortable solution among the numerous offers of Villaggio Europa.

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The camping

Among the dunes of the healthy and salubrious pine forest, close to the beach, you will discover an ideal place to stay with campers, caravans or tents.

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The map of the Village

This map shows the Village including accommodation, pitches, toilets and emergency areas. You can find us in via Monfalcone 12, 34073 Grado (Go). You can arrive from the A4 motorway in the direction of Venice or from the A23 in the direction of Udine, then continue in the direction of Trieste. Exit at Redipuglia-Monfalcone Ovest and at the roundabouts follow the signs for Grado. Finally, follow the SP19 for 13km and you've arrived: the Village is on your left!

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