Aquileia and Grado's Lagoon
From inland's vineyards, to the outfall of Isonzo river into the sea
Dates upon request
This easy route runs through the lands of Aquileia to Grado, passes among inland's vineyards and along channels and drained plains, and finally goes to the sea.
The first stay is Strassoldo, a small well-preserved mediaeval village, from where we will visit Palmanova, a sixteenth-century city with a particular form: a nine-points star. It has been celebrated for more than two centuries as the best fortress-city in Europe. We will then head to Aquileia, a roman city which still has a beautiful archeological area and a spectacular basilica with early-Christian mosaics and a great bell-tower; and finally to Grado, the golden island with Venetian features, which a maze of islets embellishes. There we will discover the early-Christian cathedral and the ancient baptistery with octagonal base, two architectural jewels.
The route is surrounded by a flat landscape with cultivated fields and vineyards, or a thick net of channels. We will bike along small streams till the natural park of the out fall of Isonzo River. From there we will follow a beautiful and long bike path along the seashore till the natural reserve of Cavanata Valley, which was used a long time ago as fishing lake and now is a paradise for bird watching: a lot of aquatic species of birds nest close to the small beaches.
Crossing Primero channel, we will continue on the bike path and from Grado Pineta along the seashore till theold city center of Grado, later to Aquileia and Strassoldo.
Among the doc vineyards wecannot miss a visit and a wine tasting in a typical cellar. The mediaeval village Clauiano deserves a stop at the Foffani cellar: in its unique atmosphere we will taste the awarded Sauvignon and Merlot Bianco wine closed to its flowered garden and the old barn. There the Missoni table cloths have wine colors and a piano stay at the disposal of the guests for entertainment.
Sites of interest
UNESCO world heritage sites: archaeological area and the patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia.
Italy’s most beautiful villages: Clauiano
Blue flag beaches 2014: Grado
Services included in our previous tours
- 2 nights with breakfast in an agriturism and in a four stars hotel.
- 2 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one of which with fish, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer), tap water and bread are included.
- 3 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
- 2 tour guides by bike (just one guide in case of groups from 12 to 17).
- Hotel city tax.
- Visits (see the program).
- The luggage transport service.
- Colour tour handbooks’ with historical and artistic information (at the time being available only in Italian).
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
Deadline for enrollment 25th March 2013
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights, 3 biking days
When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.
Where: Italia > Friuli Venezia-Giulia
Tour description: The tour is a short circular trail with two night-stops with start and arrival in Strassoldo, village in the area of Cervignano del Friuli, Palmanova, Udine. The trail follows secondary roads with low car traffic and bike paths, as the recommended part along the seashore. The road bank is asphalt or we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly flat with few light climbs.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Independent travel and arrival at Strassoldo.
Strassoldo > Palmanova > Strassoldo
About 40 km – mainly flat path
Strassoldo > Grado
About 60 km - mainly flat path
Grado > Strassoldo
About 45 km - mainly flat path
Arrival at 5 p.m in Strassoldo, then independent back trip.