Grado and surroundings
The Venetian charm of the old centre of Grado, an elegant seaside town, is seen in its narrow streets and little squares bordered by picturesque fishermen’s homes.
Campo dei Patriarchi, a central square, is dominated by the Basilica di Santa Eufemia and the contiguous Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Grado’s oldest church.
Grado is known as the island of the sun because its south-facing three kilometres of beaches are never in the shade, and thanks to the area’s macroclimate it is always sunny.
Udine, city with squares of Venetian charm and ancient palaces: from Piazza Libertà, defined as “the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland”, in Piazza Matteotti, which, surrounded by arcades, looks like an open-air living room, you can see the roundup of ancient and colorful buildings that announce the spirit of Udine.
Udine in the eighteenth century was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo who reached his artistic maturity here: today you can admire his masterpieces in the Tiepolo Galleries (in the Patriarchal Palace), in the Duomo, in the church of Purità.
Today Udine is a city open to innovation while linking its image to authentic taverns where one of the most popular rituals is celebrated, namely the tasting of a glass of wine (tajut) to be savored in a convivial atmosphere.
From the hills of San Floriano and Oslavia above Gorizia to those of Ruttars, Lonzano and Vencò on the banks of the Judrio, which once marked the border between Italy and Austria, it is a succession of rolling hills dotted with small villages, vineyards and farms where you can sample typical local products.
The following municipalities of the former Province of Gorizia are part of the Italian Collio: Gorizia, Cormons, San Floriano del Collio, Dolegna del Collio, Medea, Mossa, Capriva del Friuli.
Collio is an original mix of Friulian, Austrian and Slovenian traditions combined with excellent white wines (Friulano, Pinot, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo, Piccolit), often counted among the best wines in Italy, which make this area a paradise for foodies. In addition, cherries are traditionally produced and recently the cultivation of olives is being rediscovered.
Beautiful and cultured, Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. There are still echoes of the glorious Habsburg past and in its characteristic mixture of languages, peoples and religions one easily senses its combined Central European and Mediterranean souls.
The heart of the city is the most beautiful and most symbolic of all its squares, Piazza Unità d’Italia. The buildings around it perfectly summarise Trieste’s history. However, the most spectacular side of the square is the one facing the sea, from which a pier, the Molo Audace, extends for over two hundred metres. From here, the view sweeps beyond Piazza Unità and on to the monumental palazzi and the Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolò on the Trieste Canal Grande (Grand Canal), the centre of the neighbourhood built at the behest of Maria Theresa of Austria.
The churches in this district testify to the harmonious coexistence of different religions. In the distance, one can glimpse the white profile of Miramare, the romantic castle of Maximilian and Charlotte of Hapsburg.