The project involves 9 municipalities for a total of 313kmq of which 90kmq of lagoon, involves 54,000 inhabitants and more than 1,400,000 tourists a year only in Grado.
The protected natural areas cover 38.2% of the territory concerned, the most important being the nature reserve of the island of Cona, the Isonzo park and the Valle Cavanata reserve.
The project will affect the UNESCO site of Aquileia which was an important seat of the Roman Empire and the main center for the spread of Christianity. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1998 for the importance of its archaeological areas and for the floor mosaics that can be admired inside the basilica. Currently you can already reach the area concerned by pedaling on a cycle path that winds through the lagoon and starts from the center of Grado.
IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURES ALREADY PRESENT
Our area is already equipped with important infrastructures dedicated to sustainable mobility.
ALPE ADRIA: this cycle path connects Grado to Salzburg in Austria, 415km which starts from the sea to reach the mountains through the most suggestive places in the region.
ADRIABIKE: also known as the Upper Adriatic cycle path, it starts from the Tricorn massif in Slovenia and reaches the beaches and lagoons of the Adriatic.
ISONZO CYCLE: this cycle route crosses our municipalities and reaches Slovenia at the mouth of the Isonzo. Important is the fact that you can get to Trieste airport and reach the Turriaco cycle path and then pedal towards Gorizia or Grado.
THE ITINERARIES OF THE NEW PROJECT
Some itineraries of the new project are already present but will be enhanced or extended to nearby territories where it will be possible to interact with small businesses in the area.
1) Itinerary from the sea to the land, 30km route which intends to enhance the agricultural areas rich in small farms where you can buy products at km0.
2) The natural reserves between the reclamation lands, a 18.52km route that will connect the Isola della Cona and the Valle Cavanata reserve in complete safety.
3) Agro-archaeological itinerary, 44.12 km route that will touch the archaeological sites of Aquileia and the surrounding farms.
4) Itinerary of the Isonzo park and Cona Island, a route that starts from Turriaco and will wind for 25.91km
5) The brackish, 28.61 km route that will touch the coastal areas.
5km of roads will be arranged and adapted for cycle and pedestrian transit and 147km of itineraries have been identified which exploited slow mobility by land and water. 30 columns will be placed to recharge the electric bicycles and the slow routes will be equipped with univocal signs. In each municipality, a digital touch screen totem will be installed which will give all the information and a barometer that counts bikes to monitor the number and frequency of passersby.
A nice project with a look towards the future. Some of these routes are already feasible but the fact that the now dangerous sections will be made safe or that you can stop in farms and particular realities in the area makes everything a step forward for slow and eco-sustainable tourism at the family leve