La Serena

the beach

The specific characteristics of the beach and its services – cut on the tourists needs – guarantee to all the guests safety and tranquillity. Four are the main features that make Bibione a beach unique in its kind. Typology: 10 km of a golden, fine and soft sandy beach with an average width of 400 m, that offers personal space thanks also to the reasonable distance kept between the beach umbrellas. Location: the wide beach has the specific feature of being oriented towards the Zenith, a location that assures a constant sun exposition – from the morning to the evening. Safety: Bibione is the beach families prefer, since the sea bottom goes down gradually and is therefore especially safe for children. Furthermore, 22 lifeguards’ premises with rowing and jet boats guaranty the safeness of all bathers. The beach disposes also of a First Aid centre and a defibrillation unit with physicians for immediate assistance. Service: the beach offers perfectly functioning equipment, in order to satisfy every tourist need. Bibione is also the first seaside resort of the Adriatic Sea that introduced the Customer Service: trained personnel ready to address and solve with competence and kindness the requests placed by the tourists.

Udine

Udine is a tranquil town and a flourishing trading centre with luxury shops mostly situated in via Rialto. The heart of Udine is Piazza Libertà (Square of Liberty) where its main monuments are located: the white and pink coloured Loggia del Lionello, erected in 1448, is a splendid example of Gothic-Venetian style; the Statua della Pace (Statue of Peace) was given as a gift to the town by Emperor Frances 1st on the occasion of the Treaty of Campoformido; the two Moors (1850) which strike the hours on the Clock Tower. From Piazza Libertà, along the Gothic-Venetian style frescoed colonnade, we can get up to the hill of the Castle. Legend tells that from this hill Attila looked at Aquileia on fire. On the top of the hill the Castle stands out: it is an elegant palace in Renaissance style situated in the greenery of hedges and creepers. It was destroyed by a fire in 1511 and rebuilt in 1517-1595. From via Mercatovecchio (Old Market), with its characteristic colonnades where shops and cafès are located, we arrive to Piazza Matteotti – St. Giacomo seat of important events such as the antique fair (held on the first Sunday of the month) and Friuli DOC (held in October) an international fair whose main role is played by the typical products of the region. Both events are surely not to be missed. Going in search of Giambattista Tiepolo’s paintings is an interesting route of visit. Start with the imposing Duomo, the main church of Udine (its oldest part dates back to 1335) whose interiors in baroque style offer precious works by the painter. Continue with the near Oratorio della Purità (Oratory of Purity) where the fresco of “Assunta“, one of the best artist’s masterpieces, is displayed. Then go to Palazzo Arcivescovile (Archibishop’s Palace) magnificently frescoed by Tiepolo in 1726-28 and to the Salone del Parlamento (Parliament Hall) of the Patria del Friuli.

Portogruaro

A few kilometres away from Bibione lies Portogruaro, known as the “town of the arcades“. Born as a river port in the 12th century, it is crossed by the Lemene River, where ancient palaces in Venetian Gothic style overlook the river banks. Walking under its charming arcades you can reach the core of the small town, Piazza della Repubblica, dominated by the Palazzo Municipale, the Town Hall, in Gothic style and characterised by Ghibelline battlements, whose main body dates back to the 14th century. It houses frescos of the 16th century and paintings of the futurist painter Luigi Russolo, born in Portogruaro. The square is embellished with another symbol of the town, the “Pozzo con le Gru“, the Well with the cranes, carved by Antonio Pilacorte in 1494. Behind the Town Hall a wonderful view opens on the bank of the Lemene River with the ancient Mills of the end of the 12th century, now used as an art gallery. The leaning Bell Tower with its Romanesque framework and the Dome of St. Andrew, the patron saint of the town, celebrated on November30th, complete this beautiful architectonic setting: inside you can admire the valuable reproduction of the “Incredulità di San Tommaso” (Incredulity of St. Thomas) whose original can be seen at the National Gallery in London. Walking down on “Corso dei Martiri” you can admire a spectacular string of 15th century mansions in Venetian gothic style. Opposite the gate “Porta di San Gottardo“, at the end of this main street, you can reach the right bank of the Lemene river and, after a short walk you’ll face the imposing “Villa Comunale” Town Hall, dating back to the 16th century, which is also the seat of the public library and of the Paleontological MuseumM. Gortani” , and has a wonderful, park. A few steps away lies the “Museo Nazionale Concordiese“, where you can admire archeological finds of the Roman era coming mainly from the neighbouring Concordia. After the long, neoclassical arcade of the school “Collegio Marconi”, preceded by the Romanic “San Luigi” Church, the wide and austere Cavour street with its double line of arcades and the imposing Gothic Renaissance palaces. Leaving the town centre through “Porta Sant’Agnese“, seat of the Town Museum, you can reach the 14th century church having the same name. Portogruaro is also synonym for taverns where it is possible to taste wines and typical local products, for elegant shops, for a colourful market taking place on Thursdays morning. Visiting it will be a pleasant surprise.

Treviso

Treviso is a town of many-sided aspects: the historical one because of the important facts of the past; the modern one for the various meeting-places of the young; the friendly one for its hospitable people; the artistic one because of the international displays it organises; last but not least, the ancient aspect for its historical buildings. The sixteenth-century-walls enclose precious art treasures such as Piazza dei Signori which, as it was in the past, is still today to be considered the beating heart as well as the political and social centre of the town. Around the square are situated many and remarkable churches: the Church of St. Nicolò (14th cent.) with its Italian Gothic style; the Church of St. Francesco (where Piero Alighieri, Dante’s son and one of Petrarca’s daughters are buried); the Cathedral (where Titian’s pala is displayed); the Church of St. Maria Maggiore. Near the square the Palazzo del Trecento is erected (it is also called the Palace of Reason as in the Middle Age it was the seat where justice was administered) with the ancient tower (which dates back to 1265) whose clock still today beats out the rhythm of the town. Inside the Cathedral, in neoclassical style and dedicated to St. Peter, Titian’s “Annunciazione” (Annunciation) and Pordenone’s frescoes are to be admired. Close to the Cathedral the Baptistry, dating back to the 11th-12th cent. and erected on an original Roman basement, shows a niche frescoed by Gentile da Fabriano. The “Luigi Bailocity museum offers three sections of visit: the archaeological part with Roman and pre-Roman finds discovered in the territory of Treviso; the picture gallery where masterpieces of the Venetian painting are displayed: works by Bellini, Lotto, Titian and Tiepolo; the modern art gallery where works of end nineteenth century as well as of the second half of the twentieth century are exhibited. Treviso is crossed through by Sile, a river with fresh and limpid water, which flows quietly winding the town in a crystal-clear embrace round. Art in Treviso also means culinary art: in fact the town is famous for the radicchio rosso ( red chicory) whose slightly bitter taste fits perfectly salads, as well as it is delicious cooked and grilled, in risotti and in pasticci. When in Treviso don’t forget to go to Osterie the typical wine-shops where to drink the so-called “ombra” (glass) of prosecco or cartizze, the white light wines produced in the nearby hilly area, and also to taste the local food: minestra e fagioli (soup with beans), tripes, stockfish and musetto ( kind of boiled spiced pork sausage). The atmosphere in Treviso is charming and elegant for the friendliness of its inhabitants and for the relaxing tranquillity of its streets, guardians of precious monuments symbols of a sumptuous past.

Padua

Padua is a jewel of art, where amusement and culture join together. Taking a walk along the streets of the town always arouses wonders: the Basilica of St. Anthony, patron of the town, the Chapel of Scrovegni displaying precious paintings by Giotto, the museums, the ancient churches and the charming squares, they are all places to be visited. Nature lovers cannot miss a visit to the Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens) where rare and old plants are to be admired. Among all, just a mention to the Palm of St. Peter which dates back to 1585, year of the opening of the gardens. In the Archaelogical Museum you can breath the air of ancient art: pre-Roman and Roman finds, Venetic steles and Egyptian treasures are displayed. Same air also to be breathed in the Roman amphitheatre, where once gladiatorial performances were held. It was destroyed almost totally in the Middle Age when its materials were taken away and used to erect other buildings. The museum of medieval and modern art offers a general view on the Venetian painting: the Cross by Giotto, the paintings by Tintoretto and by Tiepolo, they are just some of the unique masterpieces displayed there. The Palace of Reason is considered the “salon” of the inhabitants of Padua. It takes its name from the fact that its upper floor is constituted by one huge hall only. The Palace dates back to 1218 and in its interior you can admire late Gothic frescoes painted on an original fresco by Giotto, destroyed by a fire in 1420. The Palace looks on Piazza delle Erbe e Frutta seat of the traditional open-air daily market. Padua is a modern and lively town with shops and interesting meeting places. It is destination of the young from Italy and abroad who attend its university founded in the thirteenth century and linked to prestigious names such as Copernicus and Galileo whose desk has been preserved till today. While visiting Padua it is not be missed a walk in Prato della Valle, a square-garden with 78 statues performing the fame of the town and standing along a canal with running water. As well, not to be missed a cup of coffee to be taken at Caffè Pedrocchi, the so-called cafè without doors, still today one of the most popular meeting places of the town.

Venice

Venice might be considered as a magnetic field that, with the magnificent beauty of St. Mark square, attracts people from all over the world who can attend there a unique show. As well, Venice might be considered as – and it is indeed – an open-air sumptuous lounge where to talk in comfortable bars, to lodge in dream hotels, to enjoy the Venetian food in typical restaurants and to go shopping in luxury boutiques. Venice is the town of the Thousand and One Nights: the moon reflected on the sea, the gilding of the lights on the palaces, the colourful Carnival and the romantic rides in the gondola along the canals… all this is magic. Venice arouses poetry: you can breath the atmosphere of history as well as of literature in the remembrance of important personalities of the past and in the enchanted images coming from the East. Venice is the cradle of architectonic masterpieces: the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, “La Fenicetheatre, the churches and every single “calle” (the typical Venetian narrow street) seem to be born from a skilful painter’s brush. Venice is synonym of culture and art exhibitions: ancient art as well as the contemporary one are exhibited in the many museums of the town and in the itinerant displays organised on special events. Venice is a crossroad of canals: Canal Grande is a charming course to follow and from the boat you can admire the gorgeous palaces. As well, a superb view on the palaces is assured from the Rialto bridge, erected in 1588. Venice will be Venice: a town where getting lost in its calli and canals allows to discover new images, new romantic corners, beautiful palaces and squares, parks, colourful markets, shops of handicrafts. Venice is charming in the sun, mysterious in the fog, enchanting in the rain, it is industrious and busy in the early morning while silent and discreet in the evening. Venice is worth to be visited in any season and to be experienced in any moment of the day: it will be always unique. Extraordinarily unique.

the town

A tranquil place where you can relax, take a walk in the green of the pinewood or soak in a pool at the spa centre. Bibione is a clean town that respects nature; with its clear sea and the almost 10 km long beach of finest sand it offers efficient services and the untouched heritage of its lagoon. Bibione is also a tourist sized seaside resort, where you can shop and eat well. But it is a modern seaside resort as well, that keeps up to date, ideal for the young audience that can enjoy themselves at the funfair, the discos, the many clubs and the sport facilities. It is a city that comes to life trough its great events: cultural, sport and folk appointments that begin in April with the asparagus festival and go on until September with the traditional Septemberfest, the grape and wine festival. Finally a holiday in Bibione offers you the chance to undertake interesting tours leading trough vineyards; to spend a day at the zoo Punta Verde or to visit the near art cities that can be easily reached. Located between Venice and Trieste, Bibione disposes of an efficient transportation network: you can take the bus (both city and long distance lines), the train from the nearby railway stations of Portogruaro and Latisana. Furthermore from here it is easy to access the efficient motorway system or reach the close airports of Venice Marco Polo and Ronchi dei Legionari.