Alpe Adria Trail, a cycletrack across Friuli Venezia Giulia
From Salzburg to Aquileia, passing by Hotel Franz
This route connects Hotel Franz (Gradisca d'Isonzo) with the Ciclovia Alpe Adria cross-border cycletrack linking Salzburg with Villach, Udine, Aquileia and Grado.
The connecting route ends in Aquileia, a village with an extremely important archaeological area considered World Heritage by Unesco. Occupied in 181 B.C. in "agro gallorum", Aquileia then became a bridgehead for the Roman conquest of the Danube area and was used to defend the eastern borders in order to increase the prosperous trades between the eastern Mediterranean basin and transalpine countries. Archaeological excavations have revealed the remains of a Roman Forum and a basilica, a burial site, mosaic floors and house foundations, statues of the Via Sacra, markets, walls, a river port, a great mausoleum.
In the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta you can admirethe famous fourth-century early Christian mosaics. The frescos of the nineteenth-century crypt and the beautiful mosaics of the Cripta degli Scavi (Excavations crypt) stand out among all historic remains.
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archaeological Museum) ofVilla Cassis is one of the greatest archaeological museums in northern Italy and contains remains from Aquileia and its surroundings. Engraved gems, glasses and ambers, but also floor mosaics and the rich epigraphic and lapidary heritage are certainly worth mentioning.
TRACKS FROM GRADISCA D’ISONZO
Viale Trieste → Via P. Zorutti → Via G. De Comelli → Via Lungh’Isonzo → Viale Trieste → Via Palmanova
Via Monte Santo → Via Diaz → Via Roma → Via de Iacomini → Via Fossattis → Via Aquileia
Via Gorizia → Piazza della Libertà → Via Aquileia → Via della Jevada
Via Grado → Via Gorizia → Via Sant’Antonio
Via Libertà → Via XXV Aprile → Via San Lorenzo