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Lignano Sabbiadoro

Lignano Sabbiadoro
Città di Lignano Sabbiadoro
Fountain of Viale Gorizia
Fountain of Viale Gorizia
Coat of arms of Lignano Sabbiadoro
Coat of arms
Lignano Sabbiadoro is located in Italy
Lignano Sabbiadoro
Lignano Sabbiadoro
Location of Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Province Udine (UD)
 • Mayor Luca Fanotto (Centrist: liste civiche with UdC)
 • Total 16.21 km2 (6.26 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 6,676
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lignanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 33054
Dialing code 0431
Patron saint St. John Bosco
Saint day January 31
Website Official website
Lighthouse in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italian: ; sabbia d'oro means "golden sand" in Italian) is a town and comune within the province of Udine, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-eastern Italy. It is one of the main summer resorts in northern Italy and on the Adriatic Sea coast.


  • History 1
  • Terrazza a Mare 2
  • Marina and dock 3
  • Immigration 4
  • Notable People 5
  • International relations 6
    • Twin towns — Sister cities 6.1
  • Gallery 7
  • See also 8
  • External links 9


Lignano Sabbiadoro developed in the early 20th century from some hospitality resorts, which at the beginning could be reached only by sea. The first inhabitants came in 1931, after the draining of the nearby marshes. The first road connecting Lignano with the nearby comune of Latisana was built in 1926.

The name Sabbiadoro ("Golden Sand") was added in 1935 for promotional reasons.

Formerly known as simply Lignano, it is divided into three zones, each with its own particular traits: the historic centre, rife with shops and restaurants (Lignano Sabbiadoro itself); the greener area of Lignano Pineta, with lovely gardens and lanes for strolling; and Lignano Riviera, the waterfront, rich in salty sea air and coastal pines.

During World War II, the very last operations of the German navy - involving the evacuation of troops and personnel from Istria and Trieste ahead the advancing Yugoslavs - took place here in May 1945. An estimated enemy force of 4000 landed from 26 ships of all types at the mouth of the Tagliamento River. Germans equipment included E-boats, LSTs, a small hospital ship, all types of transport, and a variety of weapons. The 21st Battalion of the New Zealand 2nd Division was outnumbered by 20 to one, but at the end, on 4 May 1945, the Germans surrendered. Lignano became an autonomous commune in 1959. Lignano lives on summertime tourism, and is home to Austrian, German, and Slovenian citizens.

Terrazza a Mare

The Terrazza a Mare (Italian:  terrace on the sea in English), of Lignano Sabbiadoro was designed by the architect Aldo Bernardis in 1969 and opened in 1972. It replaced the previous building designed by the architect Valle. It is considered to be one of the most important monuments of the city, housing shops, bar, and a solarium.

Marina and dock

The mooring complex (marina) of Lignano is the largest in Italy and among the largest in Europe, having 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 Marano lagoon to the river Tagliamento.


At 31 December 2009, the foreign population consisted of 901 people. The nationalities most represented were: (in brackets the percentage on the total population)

Notable People

  • Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911) - crime writer
  • Massimiliano Esposito (1972) - football player and beach soccer player

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Lignano Sabbiadoro is twinned with:


See also

External links

  • Official municipality website (Italian)
  • Official website of Consorzio Lignano Vacanze
  • Official tourist website of Lignano Sabbiadoro
  • Historical portal of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Here you can see info about the city and book online villas, apartments and hotels
  • Messaggero Veneto - Giorgio Scerbanenco (Italian)
  • Weather Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italian)

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