Aquileia, Grado and Palmanova
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, Aquileia is in the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, only an hour’s drive from Caorle. The city is a point of reference for history lovers, thanks to its archaeological area which testifies to the importance of this city during the Roman era. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most famous monuments of the city with some of the largest and best-preserved mosaics in Western Europe. Other places of interest to visit are the old Roman Forum, the harbour on the Natissa River and the Archaeological Museum.
About 10 kilometres from Aquileia there is the tourist centre of Grado, whose pedestrian promenade is surrounded by elegant Venetian charm. With 11 kilometres of beach Grado is famous for its seafront Nazario Sauro, but also for its Old Harbor, full of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.
On the way back, have a stop in Palmanova: with its nine-pointed star shape, it has been awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Walking around the historic centre you have the chance to admire the perfect geometry of its plant.
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