The lagoon of Grado and surroundings
rado's Lagoon - so far from the fast paced world of today - a good 8800 hectares of unpolluted nature, is certainly easy to fall in love with at first sight. One is able to explore its natural beauty in many different ways such as using a boat or rubber dinghy, navigating from one islet to another to discover the cane covered characteristic "casoni" and remains of ancient churches, or pedalling a mountain bike along paths that skirt the lagoon fish hatcheries.
The Grado Lagoon is an integral part of the Regional Natural Reserve at the mouth of the Isonzo, sponsored by the WWF. One particularly nice spot, the Valle Cavanata, was declared a "wet area of international value" in the Ramsar Treaty of 1978 and is still completely intact thanks to the banks around its boundary that enclose and protect it.
There are some significant repopulating and reintroduction programmes going on inside this area regarding the wild goose and the royal swan while in the whole lagoon area of Fossalon di Grado, many different species of birds nest, among which are the very rare goldeneyes, common eiders, velvet and common scoters.