Friuli Venezia Giulia, a borderland
Region close to the border between Austria and Slovenia, in Friuli Venezia Giulia is still possible to breathe the Habsburg atmosphere by walking through the capital of Trieste, a cosmopolitan city with a Central European soul, or to immerse yourself in the remarkable Roman past that emerges in the remains of the ancient metropolis of Aquileia. . Grado, the elegant seaside town, and the visit to its sanctuary island, to conclude with the Friulian part, first discovering the refined city of Udine where the masterpieces of Tiepolo are found and finally the precious Lombard past of Cividale del Friuli, city founded by Julius Caesar.
Minimum 4 participants
In the morning you will arrive in Trieste, meet the guide in front of the Molo Audace and start the tour with your own vehicle starting from the shores of the Trieste waterfront with Piazza Unità d'Italia, the largest in Europe overlooking the sea. You will walk around the streets of the historic center, where the remains of the Roman, medieval and early modern city are visible. It continues along the Grand Canal and the Teresian village, the new city, built by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and a symbol of Trieste's multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan character. Continue on the Colle di San Giusto, where you can admire the Castle. Stop for the walking tour of the Cathedral of San Giusto: accessible from the side door and inside without any obstacles - there are no accessible toilets nearby. You will discover the Porto Vecchio, an example of industrial archeology, Barcola, the place chosen by the Romans for its thermal baths and luxurious villas, today one of the most loved places by Trieste, the Faro della Vittoria and the marvelous Miramare Castle, the princely residence of Massimiliano d ' Habsburg and his wife Carlotta, one of the most beautiful and visited castles in Italy. Stop at the Castle for a guided tour.
only the ground floor can be visited - park accessible but with help because there is gravel - On notice, the person with disabilities can arrive at the entrance of the Castle by car, along Viale dei Lecci - Free admission for people with disabilities and your companion - Accessible toilets at the entrance near the bus park
Lunch in a restaurant in the center
Afternoon guided tour of two hours on foot along the pedestrian path: Piazza Venezia - via Torino. Via Cavana - Via del Teatro Romano - Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Basilica of San Silvestro - Arch of Riccardo - Swabian Museum.
End of the visit with an aperitif in one of the typical places of the Jewish Ghetto or in Via Torino, the Triestina nightlife.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Breakfast and departure for Aquileia, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Rich and flourishing city of the Roman Empire, famous for its port and defensive walls. Guided tour of the archaeological area, where you can see the excavations of the Roman forum, the river port, the late antique markets and an area of the necropolis called "burial ground". Entrance to the patriarchal basilica where the floor mosaic-dating back to the 4th century AD-is the largest in Europe. You will admire the Crypt of the Frescoes, where you will discover the history of Christian Aquileia from the early centuries and the so-called Holy Sepulcher.
The classic tour includes:
the Archaeological Museum The museum structure is accessible in all its parts to people with mobility problems and is equipped with a lift. However, it should be noted that the ascent can be carried out by one person at a time so if the number of wheelchairs is high there are considerable waiting times.
Lunch in a typical restaurant and transfer to Grado, the Golden Island, joined to the mainland by a thin strip of land and embellished by a maze of islets that form its suggestive lagoon. Hotel accommodation and guided tour of the historic center to discover the early Christian buildings of the Campo dei Patriarchi and the remains of the ancient Roman settlement.
The visit of the historic center of Grado takes about 1 hour and there are no paid admissions to foresee. The whole walk below is accessible but we recommend the presence of a guide for any differences in height and / or obstacles that may occur. The pavement is in fact made up of large sandstone slabs that are irregular so it must be warned that they can feel vibrations. The complete tour available includes: the historic center between calli, campi and campielli, visit to the Cathedral of S. Eufemia and continuation to the characteristic port and the promenade along the sea.
Cathedral of S. Eufemia: free admission - if the large door is open there is a ramp, otherwise a small step - accessible interior -
Church of S. Maria delle Grazie: not accessible for motor disabilities
Dam: accessible from the town hall up to seventh heaven
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
the visit to the archaeological excavations which is a walk among the remains of the forum, the river port and the houses (free admission - the route is accessible to all the road surface is partly on asphalt and partly in gravel, all flat, but a little long and in some moments without the possibility of shade),
the visit to the Basilica (free admission - there are glass walkways that could scare people with mobility problems but do not present any oscillation or possibility of breakage). The crypt of the frescoes is not accessible to people in wheelchairs as there are irregular steps)
Breakfast and transfer to the port for boarding the motorboat for the island of Barbana
An islet - located inside the Grado lagoon - on which stands a sanctuary of ancient origins: it is said that in the year 592 a violent storm caused a statue of the Madonna and Child to be stranded on the island, which gave rise to the cult. In 1237 the locals of Grado tied a vow to the Madonna di Barbana for the end of a plague; a procession of boats was held which is still repeated today on the first Sunday of July.
Transfers are organized by Gradesi motorboats. Each leg takes about 25 minutes. All services on the island are accessible: Sanctuary, Chapel, restaurant, bar. Accessible bathrooms near the restaurant. Lunch at the sanctuary.
On the way back, transfer to the Isonzo mouth: Freshwater marshes, but also vast salty wetlands, reeds, woods and meadows: the Isonzo mouth reserve is the ideal habitat for many animal species and in particular for birds, sedentary and migratory. Not surprisingly, it has been recognized as the best area in Italy for birdwatching. Its heart, the island of Cona which houses the visitor center, is one of the sites of major educational, scientific and naturalistic interest at an international level.
It can also be visited on rainy days, because there are comfortable indoor observatories and facilities specially created for visitors. The basic visit and access to the facilities is also possible for people with walking disabilities. Route: visitor center, museum, first observatory, nature trail up to the Marinetta observatory
Possibility of experiences on horseback with an instructor qualified for hippotherapy, (optional and to be booked in advance).
Return and dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast and departure for Udine, meeting with the guide and guided tour of the center with its squares with Venetian charm and ancient buildings: from Piazza Libertà, defined as "the most beautiful Venetian square on the mainland", to Piazza Matteotti . in the eighteenth century Udine was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo, who reached his artistic maturity here. Aperitivo with the "Taj di Vin" in a typical tavern. Transfer to Cividale and lunch in a typical city restaurant. Afternoon guided tour of the city, founded by Julius Caesar with the name of Forum Iulii, hence the name Friuli, in 568 AD. Cividale became the seat of the first Lombard duchy in Italy and later, for some centuries, the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia. The city preserves significant Lombard testimonies, first of all the Tempietto, one of the most extraordinary and mysterious western high-medieval architecture (admission included).
Longobard Temple: completely accessible. For people with motor disabilities, the entrance to the temple is provided directly from the door overlooking the cloister. New accessible bathrooms present
At the moment there are some restoration works at the temple - to check if they are finished during the trip
Other treasures are kept in the two city museums: the altar built by Duke Ratchis and the baptistery of patriarch Callisto are visible in the precious Christian Museum of the Cathedral, while the National Archaeological Museum exhibits the grave goods of the Lombard necropolis of Cividale. This historical and artistic heritage in 2011 was recognized by UNESCO.
Archaeological Museum: The museum is also accessible to people with motor disabilities. Same problem as in Aquileia: only one pax at a time for the lift.
At the end, return trip to their places of origin.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|Departure||Min 4 partecipanti||Min 6 partecipanti|
|From 1 October 2020 to 31 October 2020||€ 960||€ 830|
(B / L / D-AI): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner; (AI) = All Inclusive
Individual participation fee in a double room valid for the month of October 2020 (with the exception of the period from 5 to 11 October) .
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