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The largest island of the lagoon archipelago of Grado hosts the county seat with the same name and since 1936 it has been connected to the mainland by a moveable bridge. A beach with very fine sand facing south makes the “Island of Sun” an exclusive destination that has won the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) award for the past 24 years.

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aironeGrado has two large beaches: the main lido runs alongside Viale Regina Elena, which then stretches out until it reaches Grado Pineta and Punta di Barbacale, for a total of more than 3 km of beach.

Another beach can be found in the most westerly part of the island, with a pier measuring approximately 600 metres that goes from a dam right up to the western edge of the historical town centre. In the most easterly area, apart from Grado Pineta, it is important to mention the Grado Golf Club, a vast golf course which is magnificently surrounded by the lagoon landscape, two Holiday villages and a few Camp sites.

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WHAT TO VISIT IN FRIULI The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region is very interesting from the point of view of its history and landscape. The presence of beaches, splendid mountain landscapes and cities rich in culture, make Friuli-Venezia Giulia a tourist destination suitable for winter/summer sports enthusiasts, excursions and visits to art heritage cities. One of the most interesting from a historical and cultural viewpoint is Trieste. A visit to these places is not to be missed: Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the main town square; the Faro della Vittoria (Victory Lighthouse), in memory of the victims of the First World War; Miramare and Duino Castles; the Risiera di San Sabba Civic Museum, evidence of one of the most darkest periods of human history and Basovizza, a district in the municipality of Trieste, sadly known for its foiba. Other historically important sites in the region include: The Ponte del Diavolo  (The Devil’s Bridge) in Cividale del Friuli, an important Lombard inheritance; the Military Memorial of Redipuglia, one of the largest military cemeteries in the world dedicated to war victims; The Basilica of Aquileia, near Grado; Piazza Libertà and Piazza San Giacomo in Udine and Gorizia Castle.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is an extremely rich region also from a naturalistic point to view. Ideal for those who love the sea, there are the renowned seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro or, near Trieste, there is Sistiana bay and the Karst Plateau, known for its white cliffs dropping sheer into the sea. The Friuli region represents an excellent choice also for enthusiasts of winter sports, hiking and trekking. The Carnia area, in the Carnic Alps is also a well-known destination. Other areas which are often visited are Ampezzo, Piancavallo, Sauris and Tarvisio.