Grado - Italian sun island
• Grado - Italian island sun
Grado ... We drive to the island from the mainland by a narrow strip of land. This is the road created by human hands in the midst of the sea. But before you see the island and admire them, we feel its unique flavor. The smell of salt air, flowers and pines traveler intoxicates and excites his imagination. As nature has created all of this? As of sand spits and shoals of the island originated?
Grado - a town in the Italian province of Gorizia, in the lagoon mouth of the river Soca.
It lies on the outstanding peninsula in the Adriatic Sea between Venice and Trieste. Once Grado was fishing center, and today has become a popular tourist resort, known as the Isola del Sole - Sunny Island.
The first stories and legends telling about the formation of Grado, send us in 169, the year of the reign of Marcus Aurelius. "The daughter of Aquileia and Venice mother" - the so-called their city the locals - gradezi.
In Roman times the city served as a port for ships on their way to a nearby ancient Aquileia. In the last years of the Western Roman Empire, many residents moved to Aquileia Grado, seeking refuge from the constant attacks from the east. In the year 452 here found refuge bishop of Aquileia Nichetas, and at the same time the construction of the first cathedral of Grado, church Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Baptistery.
War and conquest continued, and residents of the city were forced to seek new land in the hope of peace and tranquility. Knowing about the existence of the many islands in the lagoon, gradezi headed west, to where now there is a great Venice.
Someone claims that the first settlement was founded in Torcello, others say about Rialto. Only we know for certain that one of the most famous restaurants near the Rialto Bridge in the menu, you can find a description of the true history of Venice - the city on the water, which is based immigrants from the small Grado ...
The historical part of the castle was well preserved. Almost all miniature medieval houses - private property, where are the restaurants, shops and apartments of their respective owners.
In Grado also an old tradition alive - if the over door or window lit the lantern, the restaurant is open to visitors.
Hagia Eufimii - the main religious building in Grado, preserved from the time of its construction. The construction of the cathedral, Bishop Eiliya finished, which on November 3579, the basilica was consecrated and dedicated it to the martyr Eufimii. Unfortunately, the interior walls of the cathedral almost did not survive, but it came to us in perfect condition mosaic floor with geometric designs.
The historic city center - is one big pedestrian zone.
Center Grado leaves a pleasant impression the fact that this is not an open-air museum, but a living city where people live, work, raise children and, of course, be happy to receive guests.
Although April - it's not the height of tourist season, the evening almost all the tables in the restaurant occupied. Guests are many and delicious to eat and talk, talk, talk.
Devotion residents Grado sea shaped kitchen islanders. All special meals - a fish and seafood found in the lagoon.
The basis of all recipes of the local cuisine - oil, pepper and garlic. As a side dish often serves polenta (corn mash).
The most famous dish of the island - Boretti grayzano (different fish, cooked according to old recipes of the lagoon fishermen, served in broth).
The combination of sea, wind and sand pines in Grado creates a unique microclimate, which is very good for health. Therefore, even in the XIX century, the city began to develop as a resort.
A few hundred years ago the Habsburg aristocracy was chosen the island for vacation.
Grado - is closest to the Austrian spa town. Until now, Austrians, Germans, Slovenians, Czechs come here for high-quality spa treatments. Aesthetic Medicine - the card most of Grado hotels.
The beaches regularly win the title Regina delle Spiaggie - "Best beach in Italy". Grado coastline includes a wide main beach several kilometers long, family beach, private VIP-beach, where the entrance fee, and even a beach for dogs, which are equipped with drinking and walking area for pets.
Along with tourism, fishing remains the source of livelihood for many families on the island. In addition to fishing in the Adriatic Sea and the island's inhabitants go fishing in the lagoon, continuing the ancient tradition of fishing.
In the northern part of the lagoon of Grado is a small island and a place of pilgrimage - Barban, which is the temple of Santa Maria di Barban, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and founded in the year 582.
Today the island is home to a small community of Franciscan monks, and every first Sunday of July in honor of deliverance from the plague of Grado in 1237 are arranged with a spectacular holiday boat parade.
The statue of the Virgin Mary from the church in Grado driven to the Virgin Mary on the Barban. The procession should take part in at least one member from each family. This ancient ritual is performed for the past 800 years.
Grado is famous for its lagoon, where an area of over 325 hectares is a zone of the regional park reserve, protected by the World Wildlife Fund. In the park with the pristine nature of the home to hundreds of different species of birds and animals.
Local fishermen are happy to arrange sightseeing tours in his beloved lagoon with dozens of tiny islands. Some of the islands private, others are rented under the houses for a holiday in nature.
In one of the islands of the lagoon located hotel, where you bring a boat and leave. Besides the guests, no one. This area misanthrope
After visiting the lagoon you can see why the locals love it and so speak of it with a gasp. It does not want to leave.