Aquileia and Grado passing through Marano Lagunare
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A little further away from Caorle and the San Francesco Village stand Aquileia and Grado, two towns that have always been a priceless part of Italy’s history and culture.
An itinerary full of places of interest
To reach Aquileia and Grado we recommend the use of a car, which is very convenient and gives you the possibility, along the way, to detour to places that might interest you.
Leave Caorle and take the Provincial Road 42 towards Latisana, which you will reach after about 30 kilometres.
Before entering this beautiful town in Friuli, you will cross the bridge over the Tagliamento River that separates the Veneto Region from Friuli.
You pass Latisana on the State Road n. 14 towards Trieste.
After about 12 kilometers and past the town of Muzzana del Turgnano, you will come to a roundabout.
Our itinerary would force us to continue straight, but if you have some time available, an exit on the right will take you to Marano Lagunare. It is only 8 kilometers but you will find yourself in a splendid and ancient town with Venetian influences.
Stop in Marano Lagunare
Marano is a small municipality with only a little over 1,700 inhabitants but with a very important fishing port and a new fish market located on an island in the town.
We recommend a walk along the main town street, which ends in front of a tower over 30 metres high, which was once a prison and later an ammunition warehouse. On the mighty outer walls you will see the effigies of some of the superintendents who glorified the city at the time of the Serenissima Republic.
Return towards Muzzana to rejoin State Road 14 and proceed towards Cervignano, where you will arrive after 18 kilometres.
The road we follow runs parallel to (and in some places intersects with) the ancient Via Postumia, built in 148 BC by the Roman consul Postumius Albinus to connect the two main Roman ports of northern Italy by land: Aquileia, on the Adriatic Sea, and Genoa on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Aquileia, a World Heritage Site protected by Unesco
In Cervignano turn right and continue for about 6 kilometres along the Via Julia Augusta into Aquileia, one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For the visit, we recommend that you take a small guidebook from the many available on site, but a simple walk through the ruins of the ancient city will take you back more than two millennia in history.
The itinerary that the guides recommend is: the great mausoleum, the decumanus of Aratria Galla, the Roman forum, the Basilica and the Domus of Titus Macro.
Grado, an ancient lagoon settlement
You can leave Aquileia and continue towards Grado which will be reached after 11 kilometers.
The town, together with Caorle, was one of the oldest lagoon settlements; today it is one of the best known tourist and seaside towns in the countries beyond the Alps.
In addition to the sea and the beach, Grado is rich in historical sites such as the early Christian Basilica of St Euphemia and the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie founded in the mid-5th century. Stopping at one of the many cafés overlooking the inner harbour, accompanied by a glass of wine, will remain an unforgettable memory of your holiday.
Author: Gianni Prevarin
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