Valgrande is home to important historic sites that were studied in a research project carried out on behalf of the Venice Architectural Heritage Department in the 1930s
At the bottom of a small hill known as “Motteron dei Frati”, protected by a holm oak wood and covered by dense vegetation, tangible traces were found of what is thought to be a coastal villa from the 4th century AD. It is likely to have served a commercial purpose and been used for storing fish and shellfish. A coin depicting the emperor Honorius was found among the concrete walls. It dates back to the later period of the Roman Empire, when Barbarian incursions were beginning. Venice was founded soon afterwards.
The remains include remnants of foundations, perimeter walls and mosaics. They are the only trace left by the Ancient Romans in the Bibione area, between Aquileia and Concordia, so they are of great historical value and a key part of Valgrande’s heritage. Make sure you visit them if you come to Bibione. You’ll be amazed by Valgrande’s rich history and natural environment!