Tourist itineraries of Friuli and Grado surroundings
Grado is in the centre of a territory full of naturalistic attractions and artistic and cultural resources, which are particularly interesting due to different inland tourist tours around Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Grado lagoon, covering more than 12 thousand hectares, is the entire Mediterranean basin most beautiful one. A unique landscape among cane thickets and small islands which are sometimes dotted with fishermen primitive straw-roofed houses: “I casoni” (Italian for “the big houses”). You can enjoy pleasant excursions on the typical boats around Grado area, starting to discover this place suspended between earth and sea.
Grado lagoon is an integrating part of Isonzo river mouth Natural Regional Reserve, sponsored by the WWF: an ecosystem unique in the world, with a very high naturalistic importance, for its numerous species of water birds which nest or just stop here during the migration period, as the herons, coots, mallards, teals, garganeys, ducks and seagulls.
In Cavanata Valley, an embankments-limited area, they have started some important repopulation and restoration programmes of the wild goose and mute swan, while in the entire Fossalon di Grado lagoon area very different kind of birds build here their nest, among which the very rare species as the goldeneye, the eider, the scoter and the white-winged scoter.
Friuli Venezia Giulia region is not Nature only, it is also a land with ancient small villages, full of monuments and artistic works. Here it happens naturally to be plunged into the past.
Walking among the remains of Aquileia, Cividale where it is possible to admire the Small Longobard Temple, to stop and breathe the Middle-European atmosphere of Trieste and its coffee places.
It is possible to visit places which assisted to the World War I, walking through tunnels and trenches where Europe history has been written, on your own or with a Tourist Guide.
And the intensity of the memory will be in contrast with the beauty and the peacefulness of the surrounding nature.
The tourist tours of Friuli Venezia Giulia and surrounding areas of Grado are a charming surprise, visit them while staying at the Grand Hotel Astoria of Grado.