The lagoon city of Grado was probably built in 2. It was founded as a seaport of the city of Aquileia in the century B.C. As a special feature, all beaches are facing south and therefore enjoy the sun all day. We are very happy to visit Grado because of its picturesque old town and because the pedestrian zone is very nice to stay.
The control of Grado is complications-free and simple, unless you want to get into the Old City harbour. However, shipwrecks remind you of failed attempts to go into the lagoon (see photo above).
We had reserved in the Marina Darsena San Marco and this made us neither the draught nor the length of the berths provide. Up to 20 meters in length and 4 meters' draught can be created directly on a mole, with mooring facilities, Roman Catholic. However, the reception is only occupied until 18:30. A control after that is not possible. The marina itself is quiet, the feared threshold of the lagoon stayed out, and the pedestrian area is on foot in approx. 15 minutes to reach.
For our dinner we had reserved in the "Da Toni." It is an excellent way to prepare local specialties. Especially noteworthy for me is the way the individual ingredients are spiced and partially inserted. I found the composition of the herbs really very successful. You should try Boreto alla Gradese, one of the most famous fish dishes from Grado. It was once the staple of the families living in the "Casoni" (Fishermen's huts). It is a fish soup-like dish prepared with mixed fish. For this traditional dish, the fishermen used those fish that had remained on the ground. There are white polenta.
Our next destination was Muggia, a tranquil fishing town, opposite Trieste with its industrial port. Prehistorically, Muggia was perhaps a Castelli (a village with a fortress). It came under Roman rule in the wake of the founding of Aquileia (181 B.C.) and the Conquest Wars of Istria (178-177 B.C.). The Romans founded a camp here, Castrum Muglae, to protect the traffic routes of their colony from the attacks of the Histrier. And so the town still presents itself today: protected and well fortified with small alleys and a small harbour.
Transit guests attach to the pier, but the place is very close. Anchoring in front of the pier is possible without any problems. Our culinary tip, if you do not necessarily want to see the view (on the oil tanks) on the terrace of the "La Terrazza": there is Sal de Mar. It is delightfully located in the heart of the fishing port in the house of a former salt warehouse, hence also the name. As a greeting from the kitchen baked sardines are served, and the food and beverage menu is very local-traditionally oriented and has a whistle.
All in all, a very relaxed and tasteful experience. Our highlight is the following: The Zabaione freddo Al Prosecco con salsa all'Aperol e Arancia.
In the afternoon, we went on to Trieste, which presents itself as a vibrant, lively small town with Austrian roots. My special Love is the Lighthouse Faro della Vittoria. It is located on a hill of the Trieste District Gretta; its total height is 68.85 meters. According to Wikipedia, the beacon is about 115 meters above sea level with a rotation time of 45 seconds and a range of 22 nautical miles. Until today, the building serves as navigation aid in shipping and is at the same time a monument to the naval soldiers fallen in World War I. The conclusion of the lighthouse is a bronze dome, on which is the 700 kg bronze figure of Statuea della Vittoria.
We had reserved our berth in the Marina San Giusto, luckily. Because the marina is small, the footbridges are narrow and we were given the last available berth. Next to the marina is a restaurant with bar on the roof. If you feel disturbed by the music of the world, you might want to consider another marina. We enjoyed the central location, the comfortable floating walkways, and the Nachbarhschaft to the "big."
In the evening we returned to the "Da Mara," a small restaurant with typical friulanischer home cooking. For reservations, Italian skills are essential ;-)
From the marina, you can easily reach the pedestrian zone, many bars, cafes, osterias, and above all great buildings to marvel at. The next day, we made our way back via Grado to Aprilia Marittima and were promptly checked by the Guardia di Finanza. You can find the story here.