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About Grado

Grado began as a Roman settlement but is now a major fishing port and seaside resort. An appealing seaside promenade travels inward and encapsulates the historical city center, which features attractive, narrow alleyways. The medieval quarter offers a number of eating and shopping opportunities. An extended causeway also crosses the lagoon from the mainland.

Grado Weather: July and August are the hottest summer months with average high temperatures of 28.9 degrees C, or 84.6 degrees F. January and February are the coldest winter months with an average temperature of -0.56 degrees C, or 31 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Grado: Barley, corn and other grains, fish, pork and cured meats, montasio and other cheeses, beans, cabbage, and potatoes

Regional Wine of Grado: Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla, Tocai, Merlot, Pignolo and Refosco

Things to do in Grado: Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Medieval Quarter, seashore promenade, fisherman’s harbor and marina, the beaches, Aquileia

Where is Grado? The town was established on a peninsula in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy. Grado lies between Trieste and Venice.

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Traveler Stories

Why I love Grado

Whether feasting my eyes on its picturesque villas, or shaking my head at its weathered sunbathers, Grado provided endless wonderment.

Feeling that I was wasting precious time underneath the gorgeous sun on the beach, I packed up my stuff and headed off to find some history. I passed an elderly man, topless, his skin bronzed to a thick leather, who spoke perfect English when I asked him the way to town. As I was turning to thank him, he yelled enthusiastically in German at someone who had just whizzed by on a bicycle.

Grado is that sort of place. You cannot assume too much. It is at once a city with centuries of multicultural influence, while also a beach town boasting magnificent ancient architecture. Its harmonious diversity is encapsulated by the Basilica di Sant Eufemia, whose baptistery and bell tower meld beautifully together - though built a thousand years apart.

About the author

Sarah is an Australian novelist who fell in love with Italian food and an Italian man at the same time. She now lives with those two things in Trieste.

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What is the best way for me to start exploring Grado?

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What is the best way for me to start exploring Grado?

Starting in the town center, venture to the Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, which stands in the Campo dei Patriarchi square. The interior features a mosaic floor dating from the 6th century. The church also contains a number of early Christian marble sculptures. The artistic presence in this church shouldn’t be missed.

The statues in the Basilica di Santa Maria are another point of interest. Explore the many alleys and pretty courtyards to get an authentic and historic feeling. Along the waterfront, the western beaches have a number of water features, bars and shops.

A mere 10 minutes from the city lies Aquileia, the site of an ancient Roman complex and the National Archeological Museum. This city is certainly a must-see.

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Travel Tips

Things worth remembering in Grado

Fun Fact: Grado was part of Austria until 1918, and the influence of Austrian as well as Slavic culture is evident in its restaurants and architecture.

Local Dish: Grado has some of the best gnocchi: potato-based dumplings stuffed with everything you can imagine and served with mouth-watering sauces.

Hot Spot: Since Roman times Grado has been a famous spa and bathing resort. Its pristine beaches, with views of the staggering Croatian coastline, are still popular with locals.

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What is the best way to get around the town of Grado?

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What is the best way to get around the town of Grado?

Walking is a popular means of getting around the historic city center. Cycling is also common, and rental services are available. Some tourists prefer walking or renting a bike so that they get a more hands-on exploring experience.

If riding a bike or walking isn’t your choice of travel, then buses are another alternative. They journey around Grado and to outlying destinations, giving you a larger circumference to explore. Trains also regularly travel to and from the community.

Guests may travel to the nearby islands or around the lagoon by boarding ferry services or renting a boat. This can make for an ideal day trip, and provides tourists with the opportunity to see more while visiting this historic site.

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