Isola di Barbana, Grado

4.2
#3 of 14 in Things to do in Grado
Barbana is a small island located at the northern end of the Grado Lagoon, near Trieste in north-east Italy. It is the site of the Santuario di Barbana, an ancient Marian shrine, whose origins date back to 582 when Elia, the Patriarch of Aquileia, built a church near the hut of a hermit from Treviso named Barbanus. The island, which can be easily reached by ferry from nearby Grado, is populated by a small community of Franciscan friars.History of the shrineThe foundation of the shrine originates from an image of the Virgin Mary carried in by the sea and found at the foot of an elm after a fierce storm. At that time the site was part of the mainland; the Grado Lagoon was formed between the 5th and 7th centuries.From the foundation to around 1000, Barbana became an island and the shrine was served by a community of monks unique to the island, called the Barbitani. The original church was destroyed by floods and rebuilt. The image of Mary, too, was lost and in the 11th century was replaced by a wooden statue known as the Madonna mora. This Black Madonna is now housed in the Domus Mariae (House of Mary), a chapel near the main church.
Our Grado tour planner makes visiting Isola di Barbana and other Grado attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Source
Create an itinerary including Isola di Barbana
map
Isola di Barbana Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
182 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Trip by motorboat from 25 minutes and you arrive at this island with sanctuary and excellent restaurant. There is nothing else but the Grove, the history of the Church and the silence that surrounds it is comforting. The Church has its own story related to the tragedy of a ship and its survivors. Council to spend 1 euro to hear the story in phones in church. And then to eat al Ristoro del Pellegrino, cozy Inn and the large portions and tasty.
    View original
  • Since childhood we left early in the morning with bags with chicken fried bread and soda. The whole village went for pilgrimage in barban. Day of joy and fishing with the sewers to shrimp. Someone fell into the water, about why he ran too, children, some adults for the elbow a little high! But the magic of the journey by bus, vaporetto stop, find and search the Church new P.G.R., and father Conrad greeting you with her handkerchief remains alive in my memories.
    View original
  • Nice location in the Gulf. A beautiful shrine where they live the Friars Minor. The Friar who greeted explained some history and the lives that are on the island. Tiny islet. Is a designated place for spiritual retreats.
    View original

Plan your trip to Grado

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Grado

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Grado by other users

58 days in Italy, Rijeka & City of San Marino BY A USER FROM SWEDEN April, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Grado BY A USER FROM ITALY March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Grado BY A USER FROM HUNGARY September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Grado BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA October, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Venice & Grado BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA August, culture, outdoors, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Grado BY A USER FROM SWEDEN August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Grado, Northwest Italy & City of San Marino BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA September, relaxing, romantic, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in France, Grado & Padua BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA July, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Friuli Venezia Giulia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans