A SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY:   RELIGIOUS sites of FRIULI

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN GRADO 
Transfer from the airport to our Hotel in Grado. Dinner and overnight. 

Depending on the arrival time of the group, there is the possibility to integrate today's programme with a visit to the surroundings area, such as the Villa Manin (the last Venice Doge's Villa), Sesto al Reghena (in this city of ancient origin there are a number of interesting sites, including the Abbey which can be reached after crossing a stream, the Basilica of Sesto, Villa Freschi, the Venchieredo Fountain, the All Saints Church of Bagnarola, and the small Church of 
St Pietro. There are many small votive chapels scattered throughout the territory, such as the Church of St Urbano, the Oratory of St Chiara and the Church of St Antonio).


The island of Grado, where is located the Hotel.


The Island of Barbana (Grado).

DAY 2: BARBANA ISLAND (GRADO GO)
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure by ferry-boat to BARBANA ISLAND (GRADO) from the "mill run" of Schiusa (Canale della Schiusa). Arrival on the Island and visit the Sanctuary of Maria and the Convent.

The Sanctuary is dedicated at the Madonna. It was first built  
in 582 by Patriarca Elio, when a terrific storm distroyed 
Grado and the statue of the Madonna survived. The rebuilt of the Sanctuary was in 1924 and every year, the first Sunday of July, there is the "Perdon" a tipical town festival of Grado. The Lunch today on your own. In the afternoon visit Grado. The foundation and development of Grado depended on the ancient city of
Aquileia, for which Grado became an important landing point 

and port. The tourist will be interested of the picturesque historic center of Grado where important monuments such as the Basilica of St Eufemia, the Cathedral and the Baptistery of St Maria delle Grazie can be found. Return at the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: MONTE GRISA (TRIESTE)
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure by Deluxe Coach to Trieste. Visit the "Sanctury of Monte Grisa", which was built after the Second World War. It is an important Sanctuary in this area from where you can enjoy the beatiful scenery of the Gulf of Trieste. 

Lunch in a characteristic restaurant. 
In the afternoon,  walking tour around the city of Trieste: the "Borgo Teresiano", the "Rive", "Piazza Unità d'Italia",the "Canale and the Roman Theater.  We will see the "Colle di San Giusto" and visit the "Cathedral".
Return to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.


The Sanctuary of "Monte Grisa".


The Sanctuary of "Castelmonte".

DAY 4: CASTELMONTE (PREPOTTO UDINE)
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure by Deluxe Coach to the "Sanctury of Castelmonte" in Prepotto (UD).

Castelmonte is a medioeval Castle that is famous for its Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin, and an important place of pilgrimage. Situated on the  border with Slovenia, it was also 
an important defence position (the hills around the sanctuary - the hill that the castle stands on including - having numerous armoured observatories and machine gun) lookouts. 

Time free for individual visit of the Sanctuary. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Cividale del Friuli. In the afternoon visit of Cividale del Friuli.
The origins of this town, date back to 50BC; in this year Julius Caesar founded the city who was called 'Forum Julii'. 
Its origins have made the town of great interest to tourists.
Monuments to visit here include the Devil's Bridge, the Medioeval House, the Monastery of St Maria in Valle, the Cathedral and the Christian Museum, the Longobard Temple, the Orsoline Nativity Scene, the Celtic Hypogeum and the National Archaeological Museum.

Religious buildings to see: the Cathedral of St Maria Assunta, the Church of St Silvestro, the Church of St Maria dei Battuti and the Church of St Nicoḷ. Return at the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.


The Statue of Madonna  of the Sanctuary in Castelmonte.


A Map of Friuli.

DAY 5: DEPARTURE Breakfast in Hotel. Transfer to the airport. 


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