The Lovers’
Walk

Romeo and Juliet’s
Lovers’ Walk

Lignano Sabbiadoro

A story to discover and to-sea

In the Percorso dell’Amore (Path of Love), this place becomes the point of passage to and from the Veneto, a “gateway to the heart”, preserving some Renaissance jewels, set in the pine forest of Lignano Sabbiadoro.
Discover its Renaissance jewels, set in the pine forest of Lignano Sabbiadoro.
Lignano Sabbiadoro is the ideal holiday place and a blue flag beach.
Discover its uniqueness, its characters, its points of interest and heart!

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Contacts
Via Latisana, 42
33054 Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)
Tel. +39 0431 71821

Infopoint

Would you like to know more about the Municipality?Come and visit us and we will advise you to the best our points of interest, events or activities that Lignano Pineta has to offer.

Contacts
Via dei Pini, 53
33054 Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)
Tel. +39 0431 422169

Uniqueness of the territory

Discover the uniqueness of products and services that make the territory of Lignano Sabbiadoro special.

Place of heart

The places of Lignano Sabbiadoro and its territory, the period between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which are the background to the love story of Romeo and Juliet.

Points of interest

Discover the origins, the history of Lignano Sabbiadoro and its territory, its historical and naturalistic points of interest. A cultural itinerary to discover incredible and exciting places and events.

Map

In the map the location of the places of the period, of the points of interest, historical and naturalistic, that will make unique your experience in the territory.

Infopoint

Would you like to know more about the Municipality? Come and visit us and we will advise you best our points of interest, events or activities Lignano Sabbiadoro has to offer.

Contacts
Via Latisana, 42
33054 Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)
Tel. +39 0431 71821

Infopoint

Would you like to know more about the Municipality?Come and visit us and we will advise you to the best our points of interest, events or activities that Lignano Pineta has to offer.

Contacts
Via dei Pini, 53
33054 Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)
Tel. +39 0431 422169

Uniqueness of the territory

Discover the uniqueness of products and services that make the territory of Lignano special.

Place of heart

The places of Lignano Sabbiadoro and its territory, the period between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which are the background to the love story of Romeo and Juliet.

Points of interest

Discover the origins, the history of Lignano Sabbiadoro and its territory, its historical and naturalistic points of interest. A cultural itinerary to discover incredible and exciting places and events.

Map

On the map the location of the places of the period, points of interest, historical and naturalistic, that will make your experience unique in the territory.

Lignano Sabbiadoro

It seems that the name Lignano derives from “lupus”, Latin form for “wolf”, buttoday it is more likely to think that Lignano is a name of Roman origin and that it is derived from the owner of the property. On ancient maps the peninsula was a space of pine forest and sand.

Let’s discover the places of the period and its points of interest!

Place of heart

Church of Santa Zaccaria

16th century, Lignano Sabbiadoro

A Renaissance church at the time of the Vendramin family

It was this family that built in the second half of the 16th century the small church of San Zaccaria in Lignano. Zaccaria Vendramin at that time was procurator in Venice and dedicated the church of Lignano to the homonymous patron saint. Because of its location, in a malaria-infested area and almost non-existent communication routes, finding a priest willing to reach the place proved to be very difficult and the church remained in a state of abandonment until the middle of the 19th century.

Santa Maria Votive Church

15th century, Lignano Sabbiadoro

A late 15th-century jewel dismantled, moved and reassembled

The small church was physically dismantled from the nearby Bevazzana and rebuilt in the green area separating Lignano Sabbiadoro from Pineta in 1965-1966. The unusual intervention and its new position saved it from the flooding of the Tagliamento River, which threatened to sweep it away. It is a true jewel from the end of the 15th century. In the apse, built using the original masonry, the apsidal frescoes, previously detached, have been relocated and dated, according to the latest studies, to the seventh decade of the 15th century. The colours and painted architectural motifs are original and are a splendid example of the Renaissance period. The church contains some works of sculpture such as a holy water stoup by Giovanni Antonio Pilacorte dated 1496, as well as a bas-relief depicting the Madonna and Child, attributed to Pilacorte himself.

Outposts and fortifications

18th – 20th century, Lignano Sabbiadoro

From outposts to fortifications to control access to the lagoon

To control access to the lagoon of Marano and Lignano, in 1700 the Republic of Venice built a small fort at the end of the peninsula as a guard outpost. A second fortification was then built in the Napoleonic era, The fortifications next to the current barracks of the Guardia di Finanza, were and built in the early 1940s by the Germans who, fearing an allied landing on the coast between Friuli and Veneto.

Points of interest

G&R Bench

2021, Lignano Riviera

A door of the heart to the story of Romeo and Juliet

In the Percorso dell’Amore, this place becomes the point of passage to and from the Veneto, a “gateway to the heart”, inviting us to discover the places that provided the setting for the love story between Luigi Da Porto and Lucina Savorgnan.

Fishermen's Village

1900, Lignano Sabbiadoro

A corner of the beginning of the century preserved intact

This is the oldest part of Lignano Sabbiadoro that has remained as it was at the beginning of the last century.
It is located in the area of the Red Lighthouse. It is a small group of houses that have “resisted” time, thanks to its inhabitants.
In the small village lived the fishermen, some of them came from Marano Lagunare, when Lignano was still only a big pinewood. They are characteristic and still show the original colours of the plasters. In the small house with faded red windows and yellow ochre plasters, lived a woman who lived there until she was 93 years old. The house has been closed for several years. Its peculiarity is the heart drawn on the small outbuilding built next to it.

Porto Lignano Baths

1903, Lignano Sabbiadoro

The beginning of a bathing history

The bathing history of Lignano began on 11th April 1903, with the “Bagni di Porto Lignano”. The first road connected the landing place to the sea and from there started a street parallel to the beach and on these two axes were built, between 1903 and 1910, the first hotels and the first villas. In 1904 the first “Bathing Establishment” was opened, but it was destroyed by the Austrians during the defeat of Caporetto in 1917.

Red Lighthouse

1928, Lignano Sabbiadoro

The twins of the sea

Built in 1928, the year of its construction, where there was already a “lantern” for the entrance to the canal leading to the port. Repainted in its original colours of white and red. The Lignano lighthouse has become one of the symbols of the city and the coast. Remained for years in disuse, it has seen the birth of its twin, all in red, at the tip of the walkway, built at its side and that extends to the sea. The lighthouse has become a place where young newlyweds have exchanged promises of eternal love, a place that inspires love. It is in fact the only place in the city of Lignano where you can ask to get married on the beach.

La Lignano Sabbia d'Oro

1931, Lignano Sabbiadoro

From land reclamation to the emerging resort

In the 1920s land reclamation works were carried out and the swing bridge of Bevazzana (1922) and the current road between Lignano and Latisana (1926) were built. In the thirties, thanks to these interventions, “Lignano of the golden sand” was born (1931), which was mentioned for the first time in old brochures of that time by a few hoteliers of the city. Soon, Lignano became a “Resort” with more than 60,000 presences/year, and from the 1950s a symbol of the well-being achieved by the new middle class.

The "snail" of Lignan

1952-1957, Lignano Sabbiadoro

The most innovative urban design of the century, which becomes the trademark of the seaside town

Fundamental for the town planning of Lignano, after the Second World War, was the plan for Pineta designed by the architect Marcello D’Olivo from Udine, who built his city. In 1953 the architect Marcello D’Olivo created and developed an original urban project for the road network of Lignano Pineta: the famous “chiocciola di Pineta” was born. D’Olivo presented it as follows: “As you go along it, the radius of curvature varies, so you always have greenery in front of you. All the houses must be set back at least 20 metres from the road to blend in with the vegetation; a spine will contain all the general services of the centre”. Lignano Pineta is the most innovative urban intervention of the seaside towns in Italy. D’Olivo’s fame is in fact linked in Italy to the 1952 urban planning project for Lignano Pineta. And for Lignano it becomes, in the design of the spiral, the “brand”.

The Trabucco

Lignano Sabbiadoro

A view of the lagoon for sweet emotional sunsets

A view over the lagoon, recently renovated, is built on stilts and goes about thirty metres into the lagoon and is an opportunity for a romantic memory. Here too, at sunset, many tourists converge to admire the reflections of a sunset over the lagoon against an enchanting natural backdrop.

Sea Terrace

1979, Lignano Sabbiadoro

White shells of modern architecture

In 1979 the new Terrazza a Mare by architect Aldo Bernardis was inaugurated.
An architectural structure on white reinforced concrete pilotis supporting: a gallery with an open shell roof on lowered arches, and large vaults recalling the international architecture of Jørn Utzon and Niemyer. The shape of the roofs is original, evoking the elongated design of the shell of the capelungas found on the seashore.

Heart in flight

2020, Lignano Sabbiadoro

A heart on the beach to share

One of the peculiarities that you can find, and share, in Lignano is the heart in cortain: urban work of Atelier Borella, created as a tribute to the figure created by the aerobatic team of Frecce Tricolori, that for several years has been hovering in the sky of the seaside city, exciting us with evolutions and figures. The figure realized represents the heart, presented in Pratica di Mare in 2006, and that the patrol of Frecce Tricolori has reproduced at the airshow of Lignano Sabbiadoro Sunday, August 13th of the same year to the great public of Lignano Sabbiadoro, on the occasion of “W Lignano 2006”. For some years at sunrise, barefoot on the soft sand, you can listen to the magnificent live string concerts for a special summer solstice.

The Selfies

2020, Lignano Sabbiadoro

A special shot for those who love Lignano

One of the peculiarities that you can find, and share, in Lignano are also the Selfie Works of the atelier Borella. They have the shape of smartphones and become an amusing occasion for a souvenir photo to share, “I Love Lignano” with the background of Terrazza a Mare, in Piazza a Mare, and in Lungo Laguna Trento. The latter located in a strip of land of the city of Marano, always in Lignano Sabbiadoro, connected to the cycle path. Here the sunset becomes an ideal opportunity for photographs and to admire magnificent sunsets, sitting or lying down in total relaxation on the belvedere of the back of the lagoon.

The Way of Thinking - Social Icons

2021, Lignano Riviera

The Way of Thought, between aphorisms and nature

In Lignano Riviera, born in the ’60s, by the urbanist Piccinato, among the silence and privacy of its green strips, the “Social Icons” by Atelier Borella have been positioned. Each one has a thought of a character from the worlds of Art, Literature, Painting and Music of all times, to whom the neighbouring “Calli” are named.
The nine Social Icons of the green belts form “Il Cammino dei Pensiero” (The Way of Thoughts): a free path of true well-being and silence, to be travelled on foot or by bicycle, with thoughts and aphorisms that provoke reflection on the Human Adventure, all to be discovered and shared.

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Marcello D’Olivo (1921-1991), Lignano Pineta

The silhouettes of the characters who made the history of Lignano

These are artistic works by Atelier Borella created to enhance the memory of characters who have contributed to the history of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Memory of in a single tape of time to be kept alive to be valued and shared.
Marcello D’Olivo, the urban planner, one of the most brilliant architects of the 20th century, who developed the urbanisation and architecture of great importance in Lignano Pineta. A forerunner of environmental issues and the role of sustainability in architecture and urban planning.

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Ernest Hemingway (1889-1961), Lignano Pineta

The silhouettes of the characters who made the history of Lignano

These are artistic works by Atelier Borella created to enhance the memory of characters who have contributed to the history of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Memory of in a single tape of time to be kept alive to be valued and shared.
The famous writer Ernest Hemingway arrived in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the exceptional testimonial, to whom the park was named, who came to visit the nascent city of Lignano Pineta in April 1954. The park is located on a land to which belongs the lot, which was donated, on the occasion of the visit to Lignano was donated by the then Lignano Pineta Spa.

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Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969), Lignano Sabbiadoro

The silhouettes of the characters who made the history of Lignano

These are artistic works by Atelier Borella created to enhance the memory of characters who have contributed to the history of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Memory of in a single tape of time to be kept alive to be valued and shared.
Giorgio Scerbanenco, born in Kiev in 1911, then in Russia, is often defined as the father of all Italian crime writers from the 70s onwards. .
He arrived in Italy, where he worked first at Mondadori, where on Grazia he kept the column “mail of the heart”, and then from 1945, as director of the periodical of Rizzoli, where he edited, on “Novella”, the column“mail of the heart” then on Bella “La posta di Valentino”, on Annabella edited “Adrian’s mail”. He spent the last years of his life in Lignano Sabbiadoro where he wrote and set some novels, (La sabbia non ricorda, Al mare con la ragazza) and many stories. His favorite place where he wrote was at the “Gull” His daughter Cecilia donated to the municipal library of the city of Friuli the writer’s archive.
The most important Italian prize for crime and noir literature is dedicated to his memory: the Scerbanenco prize.

The mosaics of Pineta

2016, Lignano Pineta

Art and Mosaics at the Kechler promenade flags

In collaboration with the Friuli Mosaic School based in Spilimbergo and the Lignano Pineta society, an open-air museum has been set up over the years on the Kechler promenade, characterised by the works created with the Mosaic Symposium, starting in 2016, with mosaic reproductions:

  • Bathroom 7: Austrian flag, (drawing by the artist Gianni Borta);
  • Bathroom 4: Italian flag (drawing by the artist Giorgio Celiberti);
  • Bathroom 5: Swiss flag (drawing by the artist Luigi Del Sal);
  • Bathroom 3: English flag (drawing by the artist architect Marcello D’Olivo).