The small and quiet but well-known village of Aquileia lies in the plain of Friuli not far from the lagoon of Grado. It is surrounded by the greenery of the countryside, which is reflected in the clear waters of the river Natissa. On its western bank, in 2nd century AD, the Romans built the town-fortress that became one of the most famous towns of the Empire, not only for its military, prowess and its economic wealth, but also for its cultural and spiritual magnificence.
In the heart of the town the ancient BASILICA, with its severe Romanesque - Gothic lines, rises stately and solemnly, which hosts stunning Byzantine frescoes and the largest early-Christian mosaic floors in the West! Here the oldest and most illustrious memoirs of the Christian religion are preserved.
Grado is a modern seaside resort which admirably manages to reconcile the charm and hospitable atmosphere of the Habsburg ancient times with the conveniences and the attractions characteristics of our times. The other side of the city coincide with the historical centre, its narrow alleys, the “calli” and the churches that are one of the oldest of the Christianity. The most important monuments are the Basilica of Sant’Eufemia, the Baptistery, and the church of “Santa Maria delle Grazie”.
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