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Exploring the town

Made unique by the maze of tiny islets forming its evocative lagoon, and by two natural reserves, Grado treasures an historical centre drenched with Venetian grace, where you will love wandering among campielli (small squares) and alleyways, under the watch of the fishermen's picturesque closely-knit houses.

The Basilica of Santa Eufemia, the town's landmark, with a belfry on whose pinnacle stands a hollow copper statue depicting Michael the Archangel, towers in the heart of the Castrum, surrounded by the Battistero (Baptistery), the Lapidario (Lapidary Museum), and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Grazie.

The most popular spot for the locals is Piazza Biagio Marin square, in the fully pedestrian old town. Here, the ruins of the Basilica della Corte, along with several benches and colourful flower beds, make the ideal setting for sharing happy moments, or enjoying relaxing reading breaks.

Beaches and Spa

Words are not enough for describing the glorious view encompassing the Istrian coast, the Karst plateau, and Trieste, from lungomare Nazario Sauro, a promenade lining the dam protecting the historical centre from the powerful sea - which is stunning and evocative all year round whatever the weather.

In addition to the fine sand endowed with a number of recognised healing properties, and to unique environment sustainability awareness, also proven by the several international Blue Flag awards it has earned, Grado's beach offers quality amenities and painstaking attention to comfort and safety. Children and seniors will love bathing in its clean, safe, shallow waters.

And, last but not least, the marine Spa, already appreciated in the Austria-Hungary Empire days, proposes classic and beauty treatments, thermal swimming pool, and sauna. The facilities, close to Hotel Villa Venezia, are within walking distance, and you can reach them with a stroll along the promenade, or across the Parco delle Rose park.