A Stroll Through Grado: The Sunny Isle

Grado l @ornaoreilly.comA day out! A spontaneous decision! We decided to visit the hitherto unexplored town of Grado in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy and on a perfect June day we hit the road in search of adventure.

An hour and a half later we reached L’Isola del Sole, The Sunny Isle, which is the popular name for Grado; which is actually an island connected by a long causeway to the mainland, just south of the windy city of Trieste where James Joyce lived for many years.

Located in the Marano Grado Lagoon, Grado is an extremely popular resort, attracting water-sports enthusiasts, especially wind surfers, who love the clean waters and fresh breezes of the lagoon and the possibility of visiting many of the little islands of which Grado is the principal one, with a population of about 9,000.

Grado is a spa town boasting wide streets dotted with many restaurants. A perfect place for a couple of day trippers like ourselves, who wanted nothing more than to wander around soaking up the atmosphere.

So come and join us on our walk around the town centre and admire the quaint streets where the flat terrain encourages lots of cyclists.

Feel the sunshine on the lungomare where sun-worshippers were soaking up the rays, oblivious to our passing with cameras at the ready.

It was a very relaxing day and I was sorry to leave after a quick visit of just a couple of hours. As we sped home across the causeway, we paused to admire the islands with their little churches and the mountains providing a backdrop on the skyline.Grado l ©ornaoreilly.com

We will definitely return.

Orna O’Reilly

Veneto, Italy

Here are the rest of my fellow bloggers featuring Friuli:

Vino Travels – Pignolo and Schioppettino and Picolit, oh my!
Culinary Adventures with Camilla – Roasted Lobster with Pesto + Ca’Bolani Sauvignon
Rockin Red Blog – Wine at the Center of Cultural Crossroads
Food Wine Click – Friuli Wines with Nutmeg Braised Goat
Enofylz Wine Blog  A Taste of Friuli, Got Prignolo?
Cooking Chat –  Lightened Chicken and Broccoli Pasta with Wine from Friuli
Italophilia – Castello di Miramare: Pearl of the Adriatic

Orna – A Stroll through Grado: The Sunny Isle
The Wining Hour – Friuli Pinot Grigio and Roasted Branzino


29 thoughts on “A Stroll Through Grado: The Sunny Isle

    • Thanks Martin. Grado is just perfect for a day trip…..or longer. It would actually be a great place to live; close to all amenities, just an hour from the beautiful city of Trieste and Venice is just down the coast.

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