The SYAT conference building in Grado, advanced leisure vessels and port solutions


SYAT is open to visitors. Participation to workshops and one-to-one events is free of charge upon on-line registration at

To participate at the PITCH session, applicants could present a maximum of 3 innovative solutions, of which only 1 can be selected by the organizers. In case of selection the payment of a registration fee of €300 euro for SMEs and €100 euros for research groups was applicable.



SYAT - Ship & Yacht Advanced Technology event is a showcase of innovative maritime technologies for passenger mobility with applications for leisure, cruise, ferry and ports and infrastructure development (commercial ports and marinas). The event was in its third year.


Generally, the regions dependent on mobility along coastlines and between islands are looking for zero carbon solutions to make their enterprises climate friendly in the face of global warming and the present emergency situation.




SYAT - Il 3 e 4 ottobre 2019 torna a Grado (Gorizia) SYAT, Ship&Yacht Advanced Technology, il salone per le tecnologie marittime innovative per la mobilità dei passeggeri, alla sua terza edizione.

SYAT è organizzato da Aries, società in-house della Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia, e dal Maritime Technology Custer FVG, punto di riferimento per il settore delle tecnologie marittime nel Friuli Venezia Giulia.

L’evento è un’opportunità per le PMI e i gruppi di ricerca del settore per presentare prodotti o prototipi innovativi a key player di rilievo internazionale, che potranno trovare, nelle soluzioni esposte, delle risposte alle loro esigenze.

Modalità di partecipazione

La Call per presentare i propri risultati di innovazione è aperta: fino al 30 agosto 2019 le PMI e i gruppi di ricerca hanno, infatti, la possibilità di candidare prodotti, processi o servizi innovativi già disponibili per il mercato, oppure prototipi, processi o servizi innovativi che devono ancora essere industrializzati. Ciascun proponente potrà candidare un massimo di tre soluzioni innovative.




SYAT aims at fostering the growth of the maritime technologies sector by offering to innovative SMEs and research groups visibility and matching opportunities with international counterparts and key players such as ports, shipyards, marinas and design studios, that could find in the showcased innovative solutions, valuable answers to their needs.


SYAT was structured as a series of pitch presentations, topic discussion workshops, an exhibition area and a brokerage event, organized by Enterprise Europe Network with one-to-one meetings, in order to offer visibility and networking opportunities for innovation-related SMEs, start ups and research groups.



Carlo Pestelli Calogero G. Burgio Tomislav Uroda


Francesca Filippelli Paola Gualeni


EXPERT PANELS - Several discussions on various related topics wer hosted at this event, with the audience able to participate and pose questions to the panelists. From left to right: Carlo Pestelli, Calogero Burgio, Francesca Filippelli, Tomislav Uroda, Vincenzo Galati and Paola Gualeni. Unfortunately, this workshop was in Italian (of course for Italy) and our representative does not yet speak the language, hence, though a lively debate, most of the discourse passed him by.



 Guido Piccoli  Aleksandra Bozanic


SPEAKERS - The event was well represented by port and harbour authorities & sustainability experts. Pictured here is Guido Piccoli (CEO of ALOT Srl - Innovation and Sustainability) Paolo Marchese (ARIES chamber of commerce of Venezia Giulia) and Aleksandra Bozanic. Aleksandra gave a comprehensive presentation in English as to the state of play and improvement to harbours and marinas currently in progress, or planned - by way of expansion. The talk was comprehensive leaving us with a clear impression that a circular economy was the eventual objective. In terms of blue growth and sustainability for coastal tourism, such additional capacity would need to be catered for by near zero carbon boats, if the IMO's targets are to be met. Clearly, this was a consideration in making local harbours more efficient.



    Valentina Bortuzzo 


E-MOBILITY PITCH - A great idea for small boat water transport in Venice and other cities and towns serviced by motor boats was presented by Valentina Bortuzzo, with Alessandro Pasquin attending as well as two others from the four strong project team. The group recently graduated from the Universita Trieste, Ingegneria Navale. The E-Mobility project proposes replacing petrol and diesel engines in the likes of Riva boats (as one example) with electric motors and battery cartridges, such as the BMW i3 30kW pack shown in the presentation slide above. The range would be reasonable with a fixed pack, but if the battery packs were quickly replaceable, this would enable water taxis to operate more or less continuously, provided that shore based recharging was catered for by way of supporting infrastructure.


This has been suggested for cars as long ago as a patent in 1991, where an EV could load and unload its own cartridge in around 80 seconds, later improved to 30 seconds, the problem being that each motor manufacturer would need to agree a standard, rather than introduce dozens of different battery cartridge formats, where progression of such a system to a service station would demand standardization to provide a workable infrastructure. With boats, this might not be so much of a problem, meaning that this team may be onto a winner. We have our fingers crossed for them.



Agnieszka Dabrowska and Clio Kraskovic at the Maritime Day in Burgas June 2018


MARITIME DAY JUNE 2018 - Agnieszka Dabrowska and Clio Kraskovic at the European Maritime Day in Burgas, Bulgaria. Clio was a speaker on that occasion. At SYAT, she gave splendid conference (IT) support to many of the speakers above who used Word and PowerPoint presentations to illustrate their subjects.




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ADRIATIC - Almost everyone in Grado enjoys some kind of seagoing activity. There are boat mooring posts all around the natural lagoon, with a variety of sporting and more leisurely paced boats.





Thursday 3 Oct 2019

11:15 – 12:30  -  Pitch session #1: Innovative solutions for ships and yachts
12:30 – 13:15  -  Workshop #1
14:45 – 16:00  -  Pitch session #2: Innovative products for ship and yachts
16:00 – 18:30  -  one-to-one meetings  -  Matchmaking

16:00 – 16:45  -  Workshop #2  
16:45 – 17:30  -  Workshop #3
17:30 – 18:15  -  Workshop #4

Friday 4 Oct 2019

10:00 – 12:00  -  Pitch session #3: Innovative solutions & products for ports and marinas
12:00 – 16:30  -  one-to-one meetings: non stop session  -  Matchmaking
14:30 – 15:30  -  Workshop #5
15:30 – 16:00  =  Workshop #6



Ship and Yachts advanced technology innovation showcase, Nelson Kay volunteer advocate


SOLAR & WIND POWER - Green yachting is something to consider for the future of planet earth, as global warming threatens the seas with acid oceans and melting ice caps, you can help lead a change from diesel power or bunker fuels (heavy oil) to clean electric propulsion. Meet Nelson Kay, at this event a volunteer for the Cleaner Ocean Foundation. He will be sharing our information and looking for development partners for the ferries and cruise ships of the future. Below is a design for an advanced trimaran that can cruise continuously at speeds of up to 10 knots with a top speed of up to 20 knots for faster island hopping.



Cross Channel Ferry


SUSTAINABLE TOURISM - Economies that depend on coastal cruises and ferry operators to transport passengers to exotic locations, may be thinking of their future as zero carbon shipping becomes a requirement as part of a general transition to a circular economy. Our representative was at SYAT looking to build a consortium for collaborative research under one of the H2020 initiatives, aimed at using solar and wind power, to minimize infrastructure disruption during the transitional phases to clean ocean transport.





SUSTAINABLE TOURISM - As MARPOL and IMO targets bite, it will become increasingly difficult for some tourist destinations to maintain visitor numbers where climate warming becomes more of a subject for responsible sightseers worried about their carbon footprints. The problem might be solved and even used as a selling feature, where zero carbon vessels are used to transport passengers and provide coastal cruises at similar speeds to conventional fossil fueled boats - especially where the Italian, French, Croatian, Slovenian and Greek coasts are so attractive to visitors, who typically want to come back again and again.




OUTBOARDS - Most of these pleasure craft carried petrol outboard engines. These could be replaced by batteries and electric engines to clean up the town's act, except that they are privately owned. See the idea presented by Valentina Bortuzzo in a pitch session above.







The ability to pool expertise and experience from different areas and gain competitive advantage from this is the challenge a territory must know how to seize in order to secure future well-being, prosperity and development. “Networking” – the grouping of institutions, industry, business and science – is thus an essential factor for growth. Dedicated resources, both public and private, able to ensure continuity and sustainability, the basis for its development; a mapping of needs and shared strategies, are the cornerstones of action to be taken.

In this context, the District has undertaken a series of activities aimed at promoting the creation of thematic clusters around the business of the sea in general and shipbuilding in particular, at the same time earning the allocation of operational roles in the existing clusters.

At the national level, on April 10th, 2014 mareTC FVG signed the articles of incorporation of “Cluster Trasporti Italia 2020” (“Cluster Transport Italy 2020″), made possible by the support given by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia to the establishment of the National Technological Clusters promoted by the Ministry of Education.

Having supported the participation of enterprises and regional universities in the National Technological Cluster for Transportation, the Region is now supporting the proposal made by mareTC FVG with the CNR (National Research Council) to establish a Shipbuilding and Boatbuilding Technology Platform for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, in an initiative that can strengthen the geopolitical potential and the ambition of Friuli Venezia Giulia at the service of the country and its industrial system.

In line with the region’s indications, mareTC FVG has initiated a process of cooperation with the Croatian “Cluster of Competitiveness of Maritime Industry” in the research and development sectors, through the establishment of a supranational working group.



Regional Congress Palace Grado Gorizia Italy



PARTNERS - The Members of the Cluster are:

- BUSINESSES: Fincantieri S.p.A., Monte Carlo Yachts S.p.A., RINA Sp.A., CETENA S.p.A., Sultan Srl, Nanto Protective Coatings S.r.l., Consortium of PMI - IM.PRO.NA2 - operating in the sector of ship and boatbuilding;

- PUBLIC OR PRIVATE RESEARCH CENTRES, UNIVERSITIES, RESEARCH BODIES: University of Trieste, University of Udine, SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), Area Science Park, OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics).


- EDUCATION AND TRAINING BODIES: Conform FVG (Consortium of regional traning centers)

- OTHER PRIVATE/PUBLIC BODIES: Monfalcone Port; BIC Incubatori FVG




The “Cluster Trasporti Italia 2020” (“Transport Italy Cluster 2020″) association was incorporated on April 10th, 2014 in Rome, at the headquarters of ANFIA, with a mission to promote the recovery of the competitiveness of Italian manufacturing in the areas of mobility by road, rail, water and “intelligent transport”.

The members, representing all the major Italian industrial and scientific players, including, among others, Fiat, Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo STS, the Italian Railway Network (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana), Fincantieri, National Research Council (CNR), the Universities of Milan and Turin, were approximately sixty at the time of the constitution with the possibility of further accessions for all national stakeholders active in the research and development sector.

On top of Fincantieri, Friuli Venezia Giulia was initially represented in the Cluster by four other major institutions: the University of Trieste, Area Science Park, Conform and mareTC FVG, and University of Udine joined at a subsequent date.

With the “Tender for national technology clusters”, the Ministry of Education, University and Research aimed, for the first time on a national scale and in strategic areas for the country, to support the creation and development of public-private clusters “identified as drivers of sustainable economic growth for regions and the entire national economy”, with particular reference to development triggered by research and innovation activities.

The synergies between industry, research institutions and the public administration, as also the transfer of best practices and technologies, and specialised training in all fields, are the cornerstones on which the newly created association will build to achieve higher levels of competitiveness in a sector that is so strategic to the country as is transport.

Within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy with regard to climate change and energy, Cluster Trasporti Italy 2020 was founded in the name of sustainability to be achieved simultaneously in three areas: environmental, economic and social. With this in mind, it implements a series of priority issues within its innovation goals that will have a significant impact on the competitiveness of the country. These issues include decarbonisation, the use of new materials, connectivity aimed at improving safety, the development of intermodality, the intelligent management of the life cycle of products through intelligent and advanced maintenance strategies for the reduction of the “life cycle cost” of public transport systems.




Croatian Maritime Industry Competitiveness Cluster - MarC

The Croatian Maritime Industry Competitiveness Cluster is a non-profit public-private organization operating in a strategic sector of the national economy. MarC was founded under the auspice of the Croatian Government in 2013 with the mission of develop a long-term sustainable model for strengthening the competitiveness of the maritime industry.

The cooperation between mareTC FVG and MarC mainly includes the following contents:

the joint development of methodologies to increase mutual knowledge;

the establishment of joint projects between actors from the two countries that are focused on research and innovation or characterized by broad objectives of transnational cooperation;

the creation of training and internationalization initiatives;


The innovation challenge is the first initiative arising from the collaboration between the Maritime Technology Cluster of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Croatian Maritime Competitiveness Cluster.

Herewith you can find a document including details about the initiative and the challenges expressed by the big companies involved. The latter will be the ground for submitting innovation solutions by SMEs and researchers, which could have a further joint development in the future.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of the innovation solutions is the 31st May 2016.


CATAS is the Italian institute for certification, research and testing in the field of wooden furniture, excellence pole for the research and the analysis in the agri-food, industrial and environmental sector. The institute was established in 1969 by the Chamber of Commerce of Udine to support local companies to grow on new foreign markets, conform on foreign regulations and permit them to get all the information related to the utilization of new materials.

In April 2016, mareTC FVG and CATAS, has signed a collaboration agreement, finalized to develop research activities, experimentation, certification and formation for maritime technology cluster associates.

In particular, the mareTC FVG associates could take advantage, at favorable conditions, of the following services of CATAS:

• Technical assistance and support to experimentation in the field of

- Security, resistance and stamina of the furniture (interior siding and furniture)

- Physic-mechanic and chemical characterization of the materials (wood and derivatives, adhesives, painting products, plastic materials)

- Fire reaction

• Access the services of the Material ConneXion point FVG, a consultation point of the Material ConneXion Italia library, activated in San Giovanni al Natisone in the CATAS premises and provided with exposition of physical samples and facilities for accessing an international database that actually can rely on more than 7.000 materials and processes.






Cluster Management

Massimo Capoleva – Chairman & Lucio Sabbadini – CEO -

General Affairs and Administration

Jenny Fattorusso -
Elizabeth Gergolet -

Giulia Bresssan -

Cluster Manager

Martina Rossi -

Claudio Kovatsch – Chairman
Lucio Sabbadini – CEO -

International networks and services

Simonetta Greco -
Raphaela Gutty -
Carlo Kraskovic -
Elizabeth Gergolet -
Beatrice Tori -

Debora Saviana -

Communication and Public Relations


Clio Kraskovic -


Via Callisto Cosulich, 20 34074 Monfalcone (Italy) - tel. +39 0481 723440 - fax. +39 0481 721137 - Codice Fiscale e Partita Iva: 01138620313 - PEC:






SYAT 2017


Soluzioni tecnologiche innovative, progetti di ricerca e sviluppo, approfondimenti tecnici e interessanti opportunità commerciali. Il tutto declinato al settore nautico. Sta crescendo, edizione dopo edizione, SYAT – Ship&Yacht Advanced Technology, l’evento organizzato da Aries e mareFVG – Maritime Technology Cluster del Friuli Venezia Giulia, che quest’anno è stato ospitato nel Palazzo regionale dei congressi di Grado. Realizzato con il patrocinio del Comune di Grado, con il sostegno di Azienda speciale Zona Franca Gorizia, Crédit Agricole FriulAdria, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia, SYAT ha coinvolto una quarantina di imprese – alcune anche dell’Est Europa – e responsabili di importanti realtà di settore: cantieri navali e nautici, prime contractor, armatori, porti, studi di progettazione, key player di rilievo internazionale.





Molte le proposte fortemente innovative presentate nel corso del salone: un mezzo meccanico anfibio radiocomandato per il trasporto, l’alaggio e il varo di moto d’acqua e natanti da diporto, sistemi per le manovre di attracco e partenza nei porti, un impianto di sollevamento elettrico per chiglie telescopiche di barche a vela, un materiale termoplastico per cover di motori marini e un’imbarcazione equipaggiata con propulsione ibrido-elettrica in grado di abbattere totalmente le emissioni inquinanti e i rumori. Finanziato con fondi europei, quest’ultimo progetto, denominato “Zelag” (Zero emission navigation laguna di Grado), è stato realizzato dalla sezione di Ingegneria Navale dell’Università di Trieste, in collaborazione con il Cantiere Alto Adriatico Custom e la Friulinossidabili.



DEEP SEA Adriatico zero emission tourism


DEEP SEA MARCH 2019 - Turismo in Adriatico ad emissioni zero. Non solo una nuova vision di quello che sarà il turismo nautico e costiero, ma una concreta progettualità per ottenerlo. Questo in estrema sintesi l’obiettivo che si pone Deep Sea, acronimo di Development of Energy Efficiency mobility services for the Adriatic marinas, progetto finanziato nell’asse del Trasporto marittimo del Programma Interreg Italia-Croazia e che ha preso avvio questa mattina a Trieste in Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia con l’incontro operativo dei partner. Complessivamente il valore del progetto è pari a 2,5 milioni di euro (durata gennaio 2019- 30 giugno 2021) e vede come leader partner Aries Scarl-Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia.

Mobilità elettrica abbinata a produzione di energie rinnovabili in modo da sviluppare una nautica sostenibile senza emissioni, rumori, vibrazioni dove l’energia elettrica viene prodotta direttamente nelle Marine e utilizzata dalle barche, per la mobilità dei turisti che raggiungono le banchine o le aree attigue. Questi alcuni dei punti progettuali nel cui raggiungimento sono coinvolti Aries Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Camera di Commercio di Foggia, Regione Puglia, Comune di Andria per la parte italiana, mentre per la Croazia l’Autorità portuale di Krk-Veglia, il Comune di Malinska Dubašnica, Rera-Agenzia per lo sviluppo della Regione Spalato-Dalmatina, le Università di Rijeka-Fiume e Split-Spalato e il marina H.L. Dvorac.

L’obiettivo è quello di dar vita sì a un turismo a basso impatto ambientale, ma soprattutto a trasformarlo nel ‘brand di qualità e sostenibilità’ capace di contraddistinguere il mare l’Adriatico come un punto di riferimento e un esempio pilota in ambito non solo europeo.

Dalla Puglia al Friuli Venezia Giulia, alle coste della Croazia: i partner progettuali hanno iniziato a lavorare assieme proprio per creare e promuovere un modello di mobilità sostenibile applicata alla nautica e al turismo costiero in generale. Ovvero a quelle attività che si trovano a utilizzare energie rinnovabili e non più motori a scoppio (endotermici). Propulsione elettrica coerente con un turismo verde e sostenibile, rispettoso di parchi marini e terrestri in sintonia con lo sviluppo organico del territorio.

“In questo percorso – ha commentato il presidente camerale Antonio Paoletti – verso l’ottenimento della qualità turistico/ambientale ad emissioni zero potranno trovare nuove opportunità di investimento anche gli imprenditori nautici e della cantieristica, gestori delle marine, albergatori e operatori del terziario più in generale che coglieranno le s de produttive, le autorità politiche e istituzionali che andranno ad innovare l’aspetto normativo in funzione sempre più green, nonché i cittadini e le comunità che in questi territori vivono e lavorano e che in questo modo troveranno nuove e ulteriori opportunità occupazionali. Va infatti sottolineato che un ruolo di particolare rilevanza lo avrà anche la mobilità verso l’interno, quella che abbinata all’attività nautico-costiera consentirà la visita delle città d’arte, dei siti archeologici e delle bellezze naturalistiche dei territori che si affacciano sull’Adriatico”.




SYAT 2017 - Il 22 e 23 novembre torna “SYAT – Ship & Yacht Advanced Technology for leisure vessels and ports solutions”, la prima vetrina delle tecnologie marittime innovative per la mobilità dei passeggeri con applicazione su navi (tempo libero, traghetto da crociera) e/o infrastrutture (porti commerciali e marina), organizzato da Aries – Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia, in collaborazione con il cluster tecnologico marittimo regionale MareFVG.

Obiettivo dell’evento, che s’inizierà alle ore 9.00 di giovedì 22 novembre, è quello di favorire la crescita del settore delle tecnologie marittime offrendo alle Pmi innovative e ai gruppi di ricerca visibilità e opportunità di incontro con controparti internazionali e key players quali porti, cantieri navali, marina, studi di progettazione, designer alla ricerca di soluzioni innovative per i loro fabbisogni.

Il ricco programma sarà articolato in presentazioni di prodotti e prototipi innovativi, un workshop tematico sull’economia circolare applicato al settore marittimo, approfondimenti tecnici su tematiche settoriali, e presentazioni sui fabbisogni delle aziende leader del territorio (Fincantieri, Wartsila, Autorità Portuali ecc.).

Saranno inoltre organizzati incontri bilaterali tra i partecipanti, a cura della rete Enterprise Europe Network, con sessioni di incontri one-to-one durante le due giornate.

Si allega il programma di dettaglio.
Per le registrazioni al workshop “Circular Economy”, ai pitch e agli incontri:

Scadenza per le registrazioni: 21 novembre

Per registrazioni agli approfondimenti tecnici:–presentations-and-workshop.htm

Sede dell’evento: Palazzo Regionale dei Congressi, Viale Italia 2 – 34073 Grado (Gorizia)




Con la sua formula vincente SYAT sta rafforzando la conoscenza tra le importanti realtà industriali del nostro territorio e la miriade di Pmi in grado di presentare prodotti e servizi sempre più innovativi. Player importanti come Fincantieri, Montecarlo Yachts, Wärtsilä, la rete delle marine FVG, cantieri più piccoli ma specializzati nel “refit” di imbarcazioni in legno e di superyacht si sono confrontati sui processi di innovazione ritenuti oggi imprescindibili. Momenti di incontro tra fabbisogni e soluzioni che vengono costantemente favoriti dal Cluster mareFVG e dalla Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia.



Adriatic sea coastal tourism Friuli Venezia Giulia


FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA - This is an advertising poster at Trieste airport close to the check in counter, one of the best pictures of Grado we've seen.





The vintage beach resort of Grado, 14km south of Aquileia, spreads along a narrow island backed by lagoons and is linked to the mainland by a causeway. Behind the family-friendly beaches you'll find a mazelike medieval centre, criss-crossed by narrow calli (lanes). Belle époque mansions, beach huts and thermal baths line the cheerful seafront. The greyish local sand is considered curative and is used in treatments. Grado comes alive from May to September, but is also prime passeggiata (evening stroll) territory on any sunny Sunday.




HISTORY - Almost all towns and cities are built on the remains of earlier civilizations. This mosaic is now protected as a feature of Grado. The archive monochrome photograph of one of the most trodden streets, contrasts well with a picture taken in October 2019, to show how relatively unspoiled the city is.



Once mainly a fishing center, today it is a popular tourist destination, known commonly as L'Isola del Sole ("The Sunny Island"), also famous because it is also a spa town; together with Marano Lagunare, it is the center of the Marano-Grado Lagoon, which is famous for its uncontaminated nature. Grado is the birthplace of Biagio Marin, a poet who sang about the island in the local Venetian dialect.






Modern landmarks include the Basilica of Sant'Eufemia (Cathedral), with the octagonal Baptistry (late 5th century). The church was once preceded by a quadri-portico, one of the columns of which is now in the centre of the Patriarch's Square. The current appearance of the church dates from the reconstruction by Fra Elia (579), with a simple hut façade and a bell tower (15th century) on the right side, which is surmounted by a statue portraying St. Michael and known as the Anzolo (1462). The interior has a nave and two aisles. The main point of interest is the mosaic pavement from the 6th century, restored in 1946–48.



  Ambulanza Grado emergency services


EMERGENCY SERVICES - By and large the Polizia and Ambulanza services kept a low profile with just enough assurance for street traders and tourists to feel comfortable. The night life is also peaceful and quiet for those taking in the evening air.






POLLUTION - By and large there was almost no evidence of pollution, but our roving reporter did spot a couple of examples in out of the way places. As he says, this is a very clean and well kept resort bereft of street litter, the likes of which coastal towns in England would do well to take note. Grado officials should be proud of their town. The Isle of Wight on the south coast of England and Devon and Cornish coasts are equally well maintained. Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings now have beach cleaning groups operated by Surfers Against Sewage, but still has a way to go to compete with this part of Italy and other Mediterranean tourist attractions.





SIGN POSTS - Grado is well signposted for those driving and walking. Tennis anyone?



Today, Grado attracts scores of tourists each year to its hotels and campgrounds. A large water park run by a municipal corporation is the main attraction, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a health center offering spa treatments.

The town also boasts a well-preserved pedestrian-only center, in which many shops, bars, and restaurants are located.




AIRPORT - We liked the colour scheme at Trieste airport.



Friuli Venezia Giulia is Italy's north-easternmost region. It covers an area of 7,858 km2 and is the fifth smallest region of the country. It borders Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east. To the south it faces the Adriatic Sea and to the west its internal border is with the Veneto region.

The region spans a wide variety of climates and landscapes from the mild Oceanic in the south to Alpine continental in the north. The total area is subdivided into a 42.5% mountainous-alpine terrain in the north, 19.3% is hilly, mostly to the south-east, while the remaining 38.2% comprises the central and coastal plains.
A view of the Carnia highlands

Morphologically the region can be subdivided into four main areas. The mountainous area in the north: this part of the region includes Carnia and the ending section of the Alps (Carnic Alps and Julian Alps), of which the highest peaks exceed 2,700 m above sea level (Jôf di Montasio 2,754 m). Its landscapes are characterised by vast pine forests and pastures, mountain lakes (e.g. Sauris, Fusine and Barcis) and numerous streams and small rivers descending from the mountains.




LOW CARBON TRANSPORT - Refreshingly, these cycle lanes are well used, keeping the town a bit cleaner until electric cars take over and there is a better charging infrastructure to support a sustainable future.



The rivers of the region flow from the North and from Slovenia into the Adriatic. The two main rivers are the Tagliamento, which flows west-east in its upper part in the Carnic Alps and then bends into a north-south flow that separates the Julian Alps from Alpine foothills and the Isonzo (Soča slo.) which flows from Slovenia into Italy. The Timavo is an underground river that flows for 38 km from Slovenia and resurfaces near its mouth north-west of Duino.

The economy of Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the most developed in the country. Its core is based on small- and middle-size enterprises (the so-called 'North-East model'), on specialized farming and on high-quality tourism with a significant inclination towards exports.

Agriculture and farming maintain an essential role in the economy of the region and employed in 2001 around 95,000 persons. Its high quality products are exported not only within the country and Europe (fruit and vegetable, cheese) but have become known worldwide for their quality (cured ham and wines, especially white ones). Noteworthy is also the production of soy (third producer in Italy with more than 37,000 hectares cultivated in 2000) and timber production in Carnia.

The tourist industry is developing thanks to a combination of sea (Lignano, Grado, Monfalcone and Trieste beaches), mountains (ski resorts in the Friulan Dolomites, the Carnic Prealps and Alps, and the Julian Alps) and gastronomy routes. 

The official languages of the region are Italian, Friulian, Slovene and German.










Welcome to Grado, Italy hotels and holidays Adriatic Sea


Grado is a tourist town of the North Adriatic Sea, located between Trieste and Venice. It is the favorite destination for many Italian and foreign tourists who are looking for a holiday dedicated to the sun and the sea, family-friendly, faraway from everyday stress. 




GRADO - Grado is a town and comune in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located on an island and adjacent peninsula of the Adriatic Sea between Venice and Trieste.

Once mainly a fishing center, today it is a popular tourist destination, known commonly as L'Isola del Sole ("The Sunny Island"), also famous because it is also a spa town; together with Marano Lagunare, it is the center of the Marano-Grado Lagoon, which is famous for its uncontaminated nature. Grado is the birthplace of Biagio Marin, a poet who sang about the island in the local Venetian dialect.

Today, Grado attracts scores of tourists each year to its hotels and campgrounds. A large water park run by a municipal corporation is the main attraction, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a health center offering spa treatments.

The town also boasts a well-preserved pedestrian-only center, in which many shops, bars, and restaurants are located.

Grado also offers facilities for many sporting activities, including tennis, wind-surfing, and golf. 






CORIZIA - Gorizia has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The town is located at the confluence of the Isonzo and Vipava Valleys. It lies on a plain overlooked by the Gorizia Hills. Sheltered from the north and from the east by a mountain ridge, Gorizia is completely protected from the cold bora wind, which affects the rest of the neighboring areas. The town thus enjoys exceptionally a mild Mediterranean climate throughout the year, making it a popular resort. 

Gorizia hosts several important scientific and educational institutions. The University of Trieste, the University of Udine and the University of Nova Gorica all have part of their campuses and faculties located in Gorizia. 

Gorizia hosts several important scientific and educational institutions. The University of Trieste, the University of Udine and the University of Nova Gorica all have part of their campuses and faculties located in Gorizia. 



Ryanair boarding passes rip off extra charges against cheap air flights


RYANAIR - Jet aircraft fuelled by kerosene could be a thing of the past as policies change and clean fuels are demanded to combat global warming. Watch out for hidden charges made by some airlines such as Ryanair, where 50 euros might be charged to obtain a boarding pass. Making so-called economy flying quite a bit more expensive and even more morally objectionable for those worried about climate change. Yes, this is true, fifty euros just to get a boarding pass - and only mentioned when you are stranded so at the mercy of the operators. Several passengers on this flight from Trieste to Stansted airport in London got caught out and were forced to pay extra for a piece of paper that is free on other airlines and at other airports when you book in. We wonder if this might be an advertising standards issue or a human rights violation for those without mobile internet equipment while on the move. If you have been forced to pay extra like this please get in touch. It might be worth choosing another destination and a different operator. Maybe travel by an electric boat. We hope zero carbon in the near future.




























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+ 10% service

= 156.13 Days




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CLIMATE CHANGER - The above table illustrates one of the most likely ocean awareness expedition routes, known as the 'Sunshine Route,' showing the time elapsed in days for 7 knots average cruising speed, including times for 5 and 6 knot averages - allowing for 10% downtime and 36 days in ports. Hence, although the objective is to reduce the current solar circumnavigation record from 584 days, the event in not an outright non-stop yacht competition in the offshore racing sense. It remains to be seen how accurate such a prediction might be. In this table we only allowed 36 days for provisioning and PR but added a 10% contingency for servicing, that could be used for additional time in ports. As a Climate Changing event, performance is one of the main criteria, especially concerning the possibilities for a transition to low carbon shipping and the contribution this might make in combating global warming.











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