Nature & Culture

Grado Lagoon

Grado charm is due to the special lagoon which surround the city.

The Grado lagoon offers a landscape rich in colors with the green of the luxuriant vegetation and the blue of the Adriatic sea.

A small fantastic world, immersed in the calm of nature with the intertwining canals and streams, paths of faith of ancient origin as witnessed by the Sanctuary of Mary of the Island of Barbana, one of the most visited in Italy.

The Giant cave

Located 50 km from Grado, it is one of the largest caves in Italy.

The Giant cave opens onto the plateau behind Trieste.

Due to its exceptional size, the Giant Cave was included in the Guinness Book of Records in 1995 as a “tourist cave containing the largest room in the world”.

Duino Castle

It is located 50 km away from Frado.

The Castle of Duino was erected during the 14th century on the ruins of a Roman military outpost and during the 17th century it began to acquire its status as a cultural and humanistic centre, one that it maintains to this day. It has hosted a number of prestigious guests: Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi), the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Gabriele d’Annunzio, Paul Valery or, most important of all, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who composed the first two of his famous “Duino Elegies” while staying at the Castle.

It is possible to visit more than 18 rooms of the Castle, full of testimonies telling the long history of the family of the Princes della Torre e Tasso. Not to miss: the Palladio Staircase (a masterpiece of architecture!), the 1810 forte-piano (played by Liszt!) and the stunning seascape that one has from the bastions above the sea.

Miramare Castle

Is located 50 km from Grado and overlooks the Gulf of Trieste.

The Miramare Castle and park were commissioned by Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg who decided to build a residence worthy of his name and rank outside of Trieste, looking out to the sea and surrounded by a wide garden.

The structure is a perfect mix of all architectural styles and owes its name to its particular position; in fact the archduke saw him thinking of the Spanish words “Mirar el mar” (looking at the sea), from which Miramare was born. It was completed in 1860.

The Park of Miramare, with a surface of 22 hectares, is the result of Maximilian’s long and demanding project on the rocky promontory of Grignano, which originally resembled a Karst area almost devoid of vegetation.

Offers not to be missed

Offers not to be missed