The Friulian Coast attractions

Top Choice Church in Aquileia

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

The entire floor of the Latin cross-shaped basilica, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1348, is covered with one of the largest and most spectacular Roman-era mosaics in the world. The 760-sq-metre floor of the basilic…
Museum in Aquileia

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

A daunting number of statues, pottery, glassware and jewellery, all locally excavated, are displayed in this museum, representing one of northern Italy's most important collections of Roman-era treasures.
Church in Grado

Santuario di Barbana

On the first Sunday in July, a votive procession sails to the Santuario di Barbana, an 8th-century church on a lagoon island. Fishers have done this since 1237 when the Madonna of Barbana was claimed to have miracul…
Roman Site in Aquileia

Porto Fluviale

Scattered remnants of the Roman town include extensive ruins of the Porto Fluviale, the old port, which once linked the settlement to the sea. Also free to visit are the partially restored remains of houses, roads a…
Archaeological Site in Grado


A corner of Grado's busy town square is home to the mosaic floors of a paleo-Christian basilica. Uncovered during roadworks in 1902, they have, more recently, been made more accessible with a glass footbridge and at…
Nature Reserve in Grado

Riserva Naturale Regionale Foce dell'Isonzo

The final stretch of the Isonzo river's journey into the Adriatic flows through this 23.5-sq-km nature reserve where visitors can birdwatch, horse ride, cycle or walk around salt marshes and mudflats. The visitors c…
Basilica in Grado

Basilica di Sant'Eufemia

Grado's beautiful historic core is dominated by this lovely Romanesque basilica, dating back to AD 579; the adjoining lapidary contains 4th- to 5th-century mosaics as well as some 3rd-century Roman sarcophagi facade…
Nature Reserve in Grado

Riserva Naturale Regionale della Valle Cavanata

This reserve protects a 1920s fish-farming area and extraordinary birdlife in the east of the lagoon. More than 230 bird species have been observed, including the greylag goose and many wading birds.
Museum in Aquileia

Museo Paleocristiano

Part of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, this museum houses Early Christian–era mosaics and funerary monuments gathered from the surrounding ruins.
Lagoon in The Friulian Coast

Laguna di Marano

Beyond the workaday docks and medieval streets of old Roman fishing port Marano Lagunare, peace and quiet is ensured by two nature reserves: the 13.77-sq-km Riserva Naturale della Foci dello Stella, protecting the m…