Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. -Anna Akhmatova
Our biking destinations for Stages 3 and 4 (of our cycling journey from Venice, Italy to Porec, Croatia) was the beautiful Italian towns of Grado, L’Isola Del Sole (the sunny island), and the historic city of Trieste.
Our biking mileage for Stage 3 was a modest 45 miles from Concordia Sagittarria to Grado and included a fun boat ride with our bikes across a lagoon. From Concordia Sagitarria , we biked to the stunning fishing village of Marano Lagunare in time for lunch by the sea where a boat was waiting to ferry us and our fellow biking buddies (and all our bikes). The boat took us from the charming fishing village of Marano Lagunare across a lagoon to the surroundings of Aquileia.
Pedestrian area of the charming fishing village of Marano Lagunare.
Once we docked on the other side of the lagoon, our cycling adventure continued to Aquileia. Aquileia is an ancient Roman city in what is now Italy at the head of the Adriatic and the edge of the lagoon. Aquileia is believed to be the largest Roman city yet to be excavated.
From Aquileia, we biked over a stunning lagoon on a bike path to the gorgeous fishing village of Grado. It is located in the Venetian lagoon in the northeastern region of Italy. Once a fishing village, today it is a major boating and tourist destination with a lot of charm. We loved Grado for the stunning blue seas that surround it, the pedestrian walking village, the stunning architecture and of course, fantastic food. Our hotel for the night was located in the pedestrian only corner of the city and close to the sea.
After spending the night in Grado, Stage 4 took us cycling about another 45 miles to Trieste. The biking approach to Trieste was stunning along a coastal road with beautiful views. Think Highway 1 in California but Italian style. Si bella!
Trieste is a city and port in northeastern Italy close to the Slovenian border (where we will be heading in Stage 5). Trieste has an interesting history and was actually part of Austria from 1382 until 1918. The city was annexed to Italy after World War I. It is a border town with an interesting mix of Austrian architecture and blend of Italian, German and Slavic cultures. Our hotel for the night is the super comfortable, Hotel Victoria, in downtown Trieste.
We enjoyed our visit to Trieste. It is a large city and has many beaches, historical sites, and neighborhoods. Its multi-cultural past and its small suburban villages give it a unique feel. It is strategically located near the Slovenian border where we are off to in Stage 5. Slovenia is a new country for us and looked forward to our visit – and it did not dissapoint. It actually exceeded expectations. Stay tuned for our cycling experience in Slovenia and Croatia.