Your house in Grado ... the Sunny Island, the Lagoon, the Casoni.
Casa dell'Arengo (Arengo House) is located in the heart of Grado, and overlooks the stunning Piazza Duca Aosta. The building is mainly characterized by its natural stone finishes, from the double-arched windows in Calle Longa street and the Marciano Lion of the fifteenth century.
The town of Grado, an important tourist and spa center, is also known as “L'Isola del Sole” (The Sunny Island) " or "The first Venice". The district of Grado extends from the Grado Lagoon to the Isonzo mouth and the Adriatic Sea. The town of Grado is situated on the main island and is divided into many areas and districts: Gravo Vecia (the ancient town surrounded by the boundaries of the Roman Fort), Borgo de Fora, Isle of Schiusa, Colmata, Centro, Squero, Città Giardino , Goppion Valley (once called Cavarera Valley), Grado Pineta and Primero. The lagoon has about 30 isles and covers an area of about 90 square kilometres. Not only the main island, but also the Isle of Schiusa, connected to Grado by two bridges, and the island of Barbana are inhabited.
What to see and do in Grado
The lagoon was formed after the fifth century and is divided into the Western lagoon (Palù de Soto), the most extensive and rich in islands, and the Eastern lagoon (Palù de sora), extending to the north of the island of Grado.
One of the features of the lagoon is the presence of houses called “casoni”, simple homes with thatched roofs used by Grado fishermen in the past. The typical boat of the inhabitants of the lagoon is the “batela”, a rowboat with a flat bottom. Some islands are inhabited all year around; the isle of Barbana, where there is an ancient Marian shrine, whose origins date back to 582 A.D., is one of them. In the isle of Grado there are kilometres of sandy beaches, oriented mainly towards south and gently sloping towards the sea. The beach situated in the west is called “The Costa Azzurra”; it continues towards the promenade of the dam, which protects the historical city centre from the coastal storms. The main beach begins after the dam and stretches out until it reaches Grado Pineta and the other most eastern beaches. The seabed is generally shallow but there are, some kilometers away from the coast, a lot of “trezze”, rocky outcrops from about 8 to 20 metres deep, characterized by the richness and biodiversity of the marine environment. In 1987 it was found a Roman naval vessel, shipwrecked in the third century in the depths in front of Grado. There are also a lot of monuments which can be visited such as The Basilica of Sant'Eufemia , with the octagonal Baptistry of the late 5th century, the basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Barbana Sanctuary and so on.