Travel and Culture in
Friuli Venezia Giulia
The commune of Grado includes the homonymous Grado island, the lagoon and a part of the hinterland, as far as the river Isonzo. It borders with other two communes, San Canzian d’Isonzo to North-West and with Aquileia to North-East and it is surrounded by the sea.
The territory of Grado covers about 115 square Km and its population is of 9.500 residents in winter, but it raises to 40.000 tourists who reside here during the summer period.
Besides the river Isonzo, other particular water courses flow on the territory, as the Timavo, which flows under the soil for many Km and also other lakes, as the Doberdò and the Pietrarossa, typical of the karstic tableland.
Grado is situated 52 Km from Trieste, 120 Km from Venice and 45 Km from Udine.
If you want to reach Grado by plane, the nearest airport is in Trieste, in Ronchi dei Legionari resort, 18 Km from Trieste.
If you want to reach Grado by car, the town is linked to the mainland by two roads: the principal one is the SS 352, that links Belvedere to Grado, while the Sp 19 links Grado to Fossalon and, consequently, to the road called bassa friulana.
You can reach Grado from the rest of Italy, from France, from Spain and from Switzerland, passing through Venice and then from Trieste, as far as Palmanova.
Once you have reached Palmanova, you have to take the SS 352, that will lead you to Cervignano, then to Aquileia and finally to Grado Island. If you are coming from Germany or Austria, you will have to arrive in Udine and then you will have to move to Palmanova and, from there, you will have to drive on, following the description as above, as far as Grado.
The railway network does not reach Grado, but the nearest stations are in Cervignano and in Monfalcone.
It is possible to reach Grado by sea too, by private boats, thanks to the lagoon channels and to the Trieste and Venice motorship service.
Udine photographies kindly granted by www.isoladigrado.com