Outside the Bella Italia EFA Village you’ll find everything you need. It’s impossible to give you the entire list of what you can find in Lignano Sabbiadoro, just take a walk on the promenades outside the village. If you love food you are in the right place, you have simply to choose your style. Pizzerias are everywhere but you should also look for the local cuisine and, why not, taste regional white wines known as the best ones in Italy; but remember, in a seaside city a seafood dinner is always a pleasure.
Lignano is the capital city of fun in the Region of Friuli and, during the summer nights, a lot of people crowd the streets. There are discos, minigolf parks, aquatic and thematic parks for adults and kids (e.g. Aquasplash and Gulliverlandia) and a zoo (Parco Zoo Punta Verde 6 km far) which is considered a green oasis where you can spend time relaxing. In a couple of minutes you can also reach several markets.
TOURISTIC PLACES OUTSIDE LIGNANO
If delegates want to extend their stay in our country, or if supporters want to take a break from the cheering they’ll probably like to visit some of the following Italian treasures- places of great interest to tourists.
Villa Manin in Passariano (41km)
was the residence of the last Doge of Venice. This huge building and its park hosted also Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Giuseppina Beauharnais.
Built in 1593 by the Republic of Venice, Palmanova is a fortress-city preserved in exemplary condition. A national monument since 1960, in 2017 it became part of the Unesco World Heritage on the transnational site Opere di difesa veneziane tra il XVI e il XVII secolo: Stato da Terra – Stato da Mar occidentale (Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar”).
With its perfect nine-pointed star shape, monumental entrance gates and the three circles of fortifications from the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries, Palmanova is at the same time a model Renaissance city and an example of military architecture that reveals in concrete detail to the visitor the technical developments of the science of fortification construction in the modern era. The Piazza Grande, a large parade ground located in the exact centre of the fortress city, hosts the permanent exhibition Strumenti e macchine artificiose per costruire la fortezza di Palma (Instruments and artificial machines used to build the fortress of Palma) which reproduces in real dimensions some of the machines used to build Palmanova.
On the first weekend of September, Palmanova comes alive with the great historical re-enactment AD 1615. Palma alle armi (Palma at arms): over eight hundred reenactors in 17th century costume bring us back to the beginning of the war of the Uscocchi between Habsburg Austria and the Republic of Venice, to which Palmanova belonged until the fall of Venice (the “Serenissima”) to Napoleon in 1797.
Grado, the “Golden Island”, stands in a picturesque lagoon amidst a maize of small islands. It is worth to visit mostly during food and wine events. Discover then, the natural beauty spot with two nature reserves.
Grado, joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, has a graceful Venetian style historic town centre where you can wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen’s houses: a charming world of its own where time seems to have stopped.
In the wonderful setting of “Campo dei Patriarchi” in the “old city” you can admire the early Christian buildings such as the Basilica dedicated to Santa Eufemia, from which top stands the statue of the Angel San Michele (called “Anzolo” and symbol of the city), the Baptistery and the Lapidarium. Moreover, there, you can visit the Basilica dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, the oldest of Grado.
The central Biagio Marin Square is dedicated to the famous local poet: there you can also find the remains of the old and imponent Basilica della Corte.The hystorical centre belongs to pedestrians that can peacefully discover the most important features of the Golden Island.Walking along the Lungomare (seafront) Nazario Sauro, you can also enjoy a marvellous view on the Karst, Trieste and the Istrian Coast.
A beach like an elegant lounge
A very relaxing fine-sanded beach, classed as an environmentally protected “Bandiera Blu” beach for many years now. In Grado you will find good quality service with an emphasis on comfort and safety for children, who can play for hours in the shallow, clean and always calm water. Play areas and baby-sitting services available.
Discount of 20% on beach packages at Grado (G.I.T.Tourist facilities) with FVG Card.
The thermal springs of the Hapsburgs
Up to the beginning of the 19th century, the Hapsburg aristocracy used to come here to bathe and use the excellent seaside thermal springs. The thermal spring facilities have recently been renovated, with the addition of new beauty care areas offering a host of treatment programs, from thalassotherapy to the prevention of premature skin aging.
Discounts of 25% on the entry to the swimming pool and sauna and discounts of 30% on aesthetic and beauty treatments at the Spas of Grado with FVG Card.
Land and water sports
Beautiful walks, the cool shade of maritime pines and spectacular sunsets. Sports include beach volleyball, basketball and football, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and canoeing. There is also a scenic 18-hole golf course right next to the sea.
A birdwatcher’s paradise reachable by cycle track: the Valle Cavanata and Foce dell’Isonzo nature reserves, where all you can here are the calls of thousands of birds and the rustling of reeds in the wind.
Brilliantly coloured boat procession
On the first Sunday of July every year there is a picturesque festival in Grado known as the Perdòn di Barbana, in which a procession of boats decorated with flowers, garlands and flags sails to the Marian sanctuary on the island of Barbana in a votive ritual dating back 800 years.
A fisherman’s life
Fishing has always been the means of subsistence for the people of this area, and the reed huts or casoni, that the fisherman used to shelter in, can still be seen all over the lagoon. Fish cooking is based on time-honoured traditions, the most famous local dish being the boreto a la graisàna.
Aquileia, an important city of the Roman Empire and then the main centre for the diffusion of Christianity in Northern and Eastern Europe, represents an extraordinary opportunity to broaden knowledge, offering an unforgettable visiting experience.
It has been a UNESCO site since 1998 due to the importance of its archaeological area and the beauty of the floor mosaics that it safeguards. Among them, the largest and most well-known attraction is the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the fourth century. However, added to this are other precious mosaic remains from the Roman and early Christian ages, which make Aquileia a kind of capital of the Western Roman mosaic.
Besides the basilica complex, the Early Christian National Museum and the National Archaeological Museum must be included in your visit.
Udine is a town with squares of Venetian charm and ancient buildings: from Piazza Libertà, defined as “the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland”, to Piazza Matteotti (or Herbal) which, all surrounded by porticos, seems to be an open-air lounge; here you can observe the slideshow of ancient and colourful historical buildings which impart the spirit of Udine.
On the hill of the town rises the castle : from its walls you can see the whole city, the mountains all around it, whereas to the south, less than an hour’s drive away, there is the Adriatic Sea.
In the eighteenth century, Udine was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo who reached his artistic maturity here: today, his masterpieces can be admired in the Gallerie del Tiepolo (in the Patriarchal Palace), in the Duomo (Cathedral), and in the Chiesa della Purità. Today, Udine is a city that is open to innovation while tying its image to authentic taverns where one of the most-loved rituals is celebrated namely, the tasting of a goblet of wine (tajut) all in a very human and cordial atmosphere.
Friulian cooking, cultural events and traditional festivals (such as Friuli Doc), make of Udine an inviting place for an unforgettable holiday or weekend break.
The tajut: a good glass of wine in a friendly atmosphere
Udine is a pleasant, friendly place. In the late afternoon, after work, people often call in to one of the traditional osterias for un taj di chel bon, a good glass of wine in company.
Fascinating Venetian piazzas and fine old palaces
The series of old, brightly coloured, portico-lined piazzas between Piazza Libertà, “the most beautiful Venetian piazza on the mainland” and Piazza Matteotti (or Piazza delle Erbe) have all the atmosphere of an open-air sitting room, and are the very essence of the city.
Fine shops and craftwork
The fascinating city centre streets are full of fine shops and craft workshops (many of them specialising in Lombard-style gold items), historic cafes and osterias, all in a very human, cordial and hardworking atmosphere.
The best of the Friulian lifestyle
Friulian cooking, cultural events and traditional festivals (such as Friuli Doc), friendly B&Bs and historic hotels: Udine is an inviting place for an unforgettable holiday or weekend break.
Culture and museums in Udine
There are lots of museums you can visit in Udine such as the Gallery of Modern Art, the Project Galleries (in Palazzo Morpurgo), the Civic Museums and Galleries of History and Art with the Ciceri collection, the Archeological Museum, the Gallery of Ancient Art, the Drawings and Stamps Gallery and the Friulian Photography Museum.
Cividale del Friuli (82km)
Founded by Giulio Cesare under the name of Forum Iulii – where the name Friuli comes from – in 568 BC, Cividale became seat of the first Lombard duchy in Italy and subsequently the residence of the patriarchs of Aquileia for several centuries.
The city preserves remarkable Lombard evidence, first of all the Tempietto (small temple), one of the most extraordinary and mysterious early medieval constructions in the western world. Other treasures are preserved at the two town museums: the altarcommissioned by duke Ratchis and the baptistery of patriarch Calixtus can be seen at the precious Christian Museum of the Cathedral, whereas the National Archaeological Museum displays the grave goods of Cividale’s Lombard necropolises.
This historic and artistic heritage was recognised by UNESCO in 2011, placing Cividale at the beginning of the Longobard route, an itinerary that allows the discovery of a series of outstanding treasures, even if they are not well known, right from the border with Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Yet even without these treasures Cividale would still be well worth a visit to see its most recent display: CIPS is a centre devoted to marionettes by the Cividale-born Vittorio Podrecca, the greatest Italian artist of marionette theatre.
Trieste is the most international city in the region, suspended between a glorious past of “Little Vienna on the Sea” and the present cosmopolitan city. From the Audace pier to the old Lanterna, there is a succession of sails, antique shop window displays, shops and beautiful buildings: in the distance, one can glimpse the white profile of Miramare, the romantic castle of Maximilian and Charlotte of Hapsburg. A journey to discover the city’s history, literature and art, from the Roman era to medieval wonders, to the Habsburg splendour. The wealth of architectural styles in the palaces in Trieste is remarkable: Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Eclectic and Baroque, coexisting in a harmonious blend with Roman remains, eighteenth century buildings and Hapsburg style buildings.
Coffee is one of the flagship products of Trieste. A Free Port for the importation of coffee since the eighteenth century, the port of Trieste is the most important in the Mediterranean for the trade of coffee: the beans that arrive here are not only intended for local coffee roasters but also for those all around the world.
But coffee in Trieste is also in rhythm with literature: many and beautiful are the literary cafes, which are historical premises with retro charm, frequented by poets and writers such as James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and Umberto Saba. Taking a coffee break in one of the historical cafes of Trieste is a real ritual that is absolutely not to be missed and whose appeal has spread even through word of mouth. Would you like to know what a ‘gocciato’ or a taste of a ‘capo in b’ is? Then you must come to Trieste, because you will only find out here…
Trieste is also a mixture of religions: this is evident as soon as you arrive in the city, which, for many centuries, has had (amongst others) a Greek Orthodox Church, a Serbian Orthodox Church, a Synagogue, a Lutheran Evangelical Church and, the oldest of all, a Swiss Evangelical Church.
Trieste means love of the sea too: people here love going to the sea, and the beach resorts – or ‘bagni’, in local slang – are frequented all the year round, for sunbathing, swimming or just strolling.
At the back of Trieste, the Karst plateau with a natural landscape of great beauty, scattered with typical villages and natural caves.
Outside the region
There are no words to describe this unique place, probably the most magical in the world.