Travel and Culture in
Friuli Venezia Giulia
In the Carso area there are some traces of human settlements, that date back to the fourth millenium B.C., but the town of Grado was born as a sea port of call of another town, Aquileia, in 181 B.C.
With the Christianization of the Roman Empire, Aquileia and Grado became two cities of great importance for the religious world of the time but, with the medieval barbarian invasions, both towns faced a period of decay.
Grado kept in the background until 1800, when it was rediscovered thanks to the therapeutic virtues of its water and its sand. Then it became the cultural reference town for the European smart set and so rich middle class tourists, artists and nobles began to come here regularly.
After the second world war, the mass tourism began and gave the Island of the Sun (called in this way because of its beautiful beaches) a further development.
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