A Paradise within reach
Lignano may have a reputation for “sun and fun” but it's also the gateway to a land steeped in history and culture. Discover the perfectly preseved archaeological site of Aquilea, the medieval town centre of Portogruaro or Udine the historical capital of Fruili. If you've come this far you certainly won't want to miss out on a trip to Venice, the unique and unforgettable city on water. The Venetian style of archietecture may be found in smaller towns like Sacile and Oderzo. Cividale was the capital of the first Lombard Duchy in Friuli, it was founded by Julius Caeser around 50B.C. Explore the unique landscape of the lagoon of Marano, it's rich variety of wildlife and fauna is protected by the WWF.
The fascination of this area lies in the history of its people and its culture. For hundreds of years Fruili has been a cross-roads, a melting pot for Latin, Germanic and Slav civilizations. Today you can find traces of their influence in local traditions, culinery dishes and wines. From the “collio” region to “ The Veneto”, the hinterland of Lignano is scattered with vineyards producing unique, fine wines such as Picolit and Ramandolo.
The local cuisine is characterised by the fusion of 3 different cultures: mitteleuropean, Fruilan and slav, resulting in genuine, simple tasty dishes. A centuries-old fishing tradition along the coast guarantees freshly caught fish whereas inland specialities include San Daniele ham and cheeses from Montasio and Fagagna.
The Miramare Castle is a 19th century castle, built for Austrian Archduke Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, on the Gulf of Trieste near Trieste, northeastern Italy. Construction took place from 1856 to 1860 to a design by Carl Junker on the orders of Archduke Maximilian.The extensive park (22 hectares) is located on the seashore and was designed by the Archduke. The Royal couple, who then divided their time between the duties of the court and their private lives but were soon to accept the benefits and burdens of the Mexican crown, spent a happy period here at the Austrian Riviera. Here, with the visit of a delegation from Mexico, definite plans were laid for the adventure that led to their undoing in America.
The Castle, now a museum run by the Cultural Heritage Office, affords a panoramic view of the Bay of Grignano and the Adriatic beyond from atop a rock promontory. It is surrounded by an Italian-style garden, with flora (including rare species) from all over the world. There is also a marine park.
The castle is 90 km far from Lignano, it's about 1 hour by car.