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Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

Lignano Sabbiadoro, a village located in the province of Udine, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-eastern Italy, is one of the country's main summer resorts on the Adriatic Sea coast. Lignano became an autonomous commune in 1959. 

Lignano began to be developed into a destination resort during the early 20th century, at which time it could only be reached by sea. The first inhabitants arrived in 1931, after the nearby marshes were drained. The first road connecting Lignano with the nearby comune of Latisana was built in 1926.

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"Sabbiadoro", meaning "Golden Sand" in English, was added in 1935 to better promote the Lignano as a resort destination.

Today, Lignano Sabbiadoro visitors enjoy 8 km of beaches surrounded by pine forests dotted with hotels, residences, apartments, campsites and villas. The resort offers tourists amusement parks, water parks such as Aquasplash, cultural entertainment, night-clubs and several fine restaurants offering friulano cuisine.

The population of Lignano Sabbiadoro is about 6800, of which approximately 7% are Albanian, Romanian and Macedonian.

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On the beach of Lignano Sabbiadoro is located an old red Faro recently restored. The lighthouse is at the end of a long wooden walkway, is not very big but it was equipped with solar panels. From the lighthouse, the panorama stretches from the Lagoon of Marano up to widen the Adriatic Sea. It 's very popular with fishermen.

Lighthouse in Lignano Sabbiadoro

Lignano was recently awarded the European Blue Flag (Bandiera Blu d'Europa), in recognition of the purity of marine waters and beaches of Lignano. The water quality and environment is naturally very important for local authorities and hoteliers.

Lignano has three distinct areas, Sabbiadoro (Golden Sands), Pineta (Pine Tree Forest) and Riviera (Coast). Venice and Trieste are just one hour away by train.

Golf Club Lignano ASD

Golf Club Lignano, designed by the architect Marci Croze, is open all year round. It is situated between Tagliamento River and Lignano Pineta, and has fairways measuring a total of 6069 meters. The course is 18 holes, and a Par 72, with many small lakes and bunkers. Golf Club Lignano tries to satisfy every player, of any level. The club is equipped with pitching, putting­green and has a training course with nine holes.

Tel: +39 0431 428025
Fax: +39 0431 423230
Skype: golflignanoASD

Camping In Lignano

It's becoming increasingly rare to find camping facilities close to, or located within popular resort areas, so whenever they are I'll make a point of highlighting them. Lignano actually has a couple of camping facilities I know of that are ideal for cyclists, backpackers or anyone else wanting to camp out but be close to 5 star, resort amenities. Here is their contact information...

Camping Pino Mare

The Pino Mare campsite village is a fantastic oasis of peacefulness by the Adriatic sea located between the green of a luxuriant pinewood and a wide private beach. The campsite has all the modern facilities for an unforgettable holiday.
Area: Lignano Sabbiadoro
Address: Via Lungomare Riccardo riva 15
Telephone: (+39) 0431 42 44 24
Fax: (+39) 0431 42 44 27

Camping Sabbiadoro

Amenities for guests include a Restaurant that is a self-service Pizzeria, Supermarket, Tennis, Modern and well-kept restrooms and a private beach.
Area: Lignano Sabbiadoro
Address: Via Sabbiadoro, 8
Telephone: (+39) 0431 71 45 5
Fax: (+39) 0431 72 13 55

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How to Get to Lignano

By Car

You can reach Lignano by car via the A4 Venice - Trieste motorway, or on A23 motorway linking Tarvisio and Venice, The motorway exit for Lignano is made at Latisana, following the local road number 354, which ends at Lignano.

By Bus

There are several bus lines that regularly depart from the northern part of Italy that stop in Lignano. As well, there are special buses linking cities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Lignano. Lignano and Latisana are served by a regular bus service. Information about bus schedules is available through: Biglietteria Autostazione Viale Gorizia, 26 Tel. 0039 0431 71373

By Train

Latisana train station is located just 20 km from Lignano. From the Latisana train station you can travel to Venice and its neighboring airports, as well as to Trieste, Udine and other major Italian cities.

By Plane

The nearest airports to Lignano are...


Rinchi dei Legionari Airport, a.k.a. Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport, which is in Trieste, just 58 km away from Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Telephone: 0039040631484


Marco Polo Airport in Venice, which is 100 km away.

Telephone: 00390412606111


San Giuseppe Airport, a.k.a. St Joseph Airport in Treviso, which is 110 km from Lignano.

Telephone: 0039042220393

By Boat

It's possible to get to Lignano Sabbiadoro by boat, but only aboard private vessels I believe. To the best of my knowledge there is no ferry service to Lignano Sabbiadoro. On the upside, there is a very good dock and marina for private boats.


The Lignano mooring and marina facilities are the largest in Italy and among the largest in Europe, with more than 5,000 berths. The various structures of Aprilia Marittima, the harbour Marina Punta Faro, and the docks Porto Vecchio, Marina Uno, and Marina Punta Verde, are strategically positioned around the peninsula of Lignano, from the lagoon to the river Tagliamento.