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  • 15,63 sq. km
  • 2 m a.s.l.
  • 5,828
Town Hall:
  • V.le Europa 26
  • 33054 - Aiello del Friuli (UD)
  • Lignano City, Lignano Pineta

The aerial view of Lignano is breathtaking. In a correct geological interpretation of the always changing lagoon system, the peculiar hook-shaped peninsula combining natural and man-made environment stretching out towards the long island of S. Andrea, was once attached to the island itself, creating a single environment in which the lands above sea level prevailed over the waters, hence the hypothesis of a route from Ravenna to Aquileia in the placid internal waters of the lagoon, with safe regular calls at localities as must have been Porto Lignano, from which probably also a coastal itinerary started towards Aquileia. In early medieval and medieval ages its role progressively declined, owing to different political scenarios and to the growth of other important ports, so that from the 1700s to the early 1990s Lignano was reduced to a nondescript fishing village, mostly isolated from the mainland. Even the earliest pioneer hotels built before the Great War welcomed holiday-makers on barges sailing from Marano or Precenicco. It was only after the Second World War that Lignano achieved a definite improvement dividing in four complementary adjacent centres meeting requirements that vary greatly as for age range and interests. The first of the four centres was Lignano Sabbiadoro, located at the farthest end of the peninsula crowding up onto the port, where a long, untouched stretch of the finest sand held a great tourist appeal. Between 1953 and 1956 the splendid ultramodern project by Marcello D’Olivo for Lignano Pineta, envisaging the spiral development of the main streets and houses farther form the street and immersed in the luxurious vegetation, so as to lessen the environmental impact. Even though such plan was not rigidly applied, Lignano Pineta is nonetheless the living example of how progress and environment, functionality and fancy may co-exist. After that, the residential centres of Lignano City and Lignano Riviera were created, the latter devised for the lovers of holidays in close contact with nature, absorbing the most significant relic of the old pine forest of Lignano integrated in other green spaces as the Zoo Park of Punta Verde and the Hemingway Park, created as a memorial to the American writer who, fascinated with the beauty of this land he had chosen as his future home, defined Lignano “the Florida of Italy”. Even though walking through Lignano contemporary buildings of little architectural and creative value are seen, the resort still offers the possibility of appreciating the works of renown contemporary designers as Pietro Zanini, Gianni Avon and Aldo Bernardis, and the already-mentioned D’Olivo. Last but not least, the lovely votive church of S. Maria (15th cent.) was transferred in this seaside resort from the close town of Bevazzana to protect it from the repeated dangers of floods. Inside it shows a beautiful cycle of sacred frescoes and sinopias dating to the same period.



Images from Friuli Venezia Giulia