Grado and surroundings
Grado lagoon is of great geological and naturalistic interest and great for boat or motorboat excursions among the many islets that make up the Barene and Banchi.
Here you can see the Casoni, typical fisherman dwellings, and larger stone buildings.
On the Island of Barene. Many of the islands that make up the lagoon are inhabited, for example the Island of Barbana is seat of a sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna.According to legend, in 582, after a terrible sea storm that had destroyed the city of Grado, a statue of the Madonna was seen floating in the water and then stopping on the island of Barbana.
The gently degrading beaches are ideal for children, where they can play safely. The healthy sea breeze and thermal waters are the best cure for healthy children.
THE OLD CITY AND THE HISTORICAL CENTRE
The historical events of Grado go back to the Roman period when it arose as a port and landing for Aquileia so as to protect it from seafaring invasions.
The present day centre is actually a castrum built in IIV as defense system during the barbarian invasions.
After diverse discussions about the city, in 1892 Grado, under the emperor Francesco Giuseppe, was given the status of Seaside Resort and Spa until the end of World War I when it returned to Italy.