Seaside and relaxation
A haven of relaxation and all kinds of fun. That is the essence of Lignano, a sea resort halfway between Venice and Trieste, with 8 kilometres of fine golden sands and a calm sea that has had the eco-friendly "Bandiera Blu" classification for many years now. It also has 8 quays with 5,000 moorings.
There are actually three places in Lignano:
Lignano Sabbiadoro, with hundreds of restaurants, open air bars and shops,
Lignano Pineta, pleasant and shaded, full of gardens and boulevards
and Lignano Riviera, the most relaxing area, luxuriant and green with the rustle of maritime pines.
Excellent beach sport facilities: sailing and windsurfing with expert instructors, horse riding and beach volleyball. There is a beautiful 18-hole golf course right next to the sea, open all the year round.
Other features include a network of fine cycling routes through pine woods and around the lagoon and comfortable, modern thermal spring facilities.
The party atmosphere is everywhere, but especially in the theme parks. 'Aquasplash' was one of the first ever aqua parks in Italy, with very high slides and spacious swimming pools. 'Gulliverlandia' is a fun park suitable for all ages. 'Lo Strabilia' is a brilliantly lit fairground. For children there are the 'Gommosi' and 'Parco Junior' parks and, finally there is the 'Punta Verde' Zoo Park, with over 1500 animals.
Holidays for children
A resort made-to-measure for relaxing, worry-free seaside family holidays. The Lignano beach and hotels have reserved play and sport areas for children, with qualified personnel on hand for flexible baby-sitting services. There are mothers' rooms on the beach and special children's menus and baby rooms in the bars and restaurants.
Lignano by night has a lively cosmopolitan social scene: brilliantly illuminated, with concerts, events, discos, pubs and fashionable venues.
Marano and the lagoon
Marano, reachable either by batana, a local flat-bottomed lagoon boat, or bicycle, has all the atmosphere of an authentic fishing village, where they still speak Venetian dialect. From here, by boat, you can get to the Foci dello Stella Nature Reserve at the mouth of the river Stella and see herons and marsh harriers and a beautiful village of casoni or fishermen's huts, set against the alluring colours of the lagoon. And then there is the Valle Canal Novo Nature Reserve, another birdwatching paradise.
In just a day, or an afternoon, when you want a change from seafood you can venture inland and sample some of the delicious Friulian cooking.
There are are a number of villages of artistic and architectural interest well worth visiting, such as Precenicco, Latisana and Palazzolo. Lignano is not far from the important historical cities of Trieste, Venezia, Udine, Palmanova and Aquileia.