VENICE AND ISLANDS
How to know more about a territory? Some tips to enjoy the northern lagoon of Venice and the Cavallino-Treporti coastline at its best
Going on holiday does not necessarily mean spending every moment at the beach to relax. Finding new cues that stimulate our curiosity, that make us escape from monotony and maybe put us in touch with different and new traditions and places, can be a perfect way to reconcile our thirst for knowledge with the idea of a relaxing holiday.
Sometimes you don’t need to go on big trips to have adventures; you just need to look around more carefully.
Just travelling around the peninsula of Cavallino-Treporti and the lagoon of Venice it is possible to make numerous excursions, discovering countless points of reflection and experiences.
Whether you are more fond of nature, culture and gastronomy or do you prefer to go beyond the tourist schemes to meet the authenticity of a place and knowing the size of the inhabitants, you can find a tailor-made experience that will meet your preferences.
Natural tourism: Lio Piccolo to discover the territory
Cycling and cycling in the middle of nature can be an experience that combines relaxation with the pleasure of discovery. Lio Piccolo, Saccagnana and Mesole are hidden places in the municipality of Cavallino-Treporti, reachable only thanks to a narrow road that crosses the lagoon, showing its more naturalistic and quiet sides. A tour in the name of peace and quiet where you can immerse yourself in the unique corners of the world. The local flora and fauna are the protagonists against the wonderfully coloured background of the Venetian lagoon.
Oasis of peace in which to get lost among the herons and the marvellous creatures that live undisturbed, enjoying the peace of a place far from the conventional tourist routes and perhaps, for this very reason, so fascinating.
Burano and Torcello, looking for history
Two of the largest islands in the Venice lagoon are the ancient Torcello and the colourful Burano. Two incredible centres of culture, history and traditions that every day make those who visit them experience incredible leaps into the past.
Burano, in addition to its brightly coloured houses, is the undisputed capital of lace-making tradition, of which there is still a strong testimony today. In the square of the island it is possible to visit a museum dedicated to this tradition.
Torcello, instead, has a character more tied to the land, to the roots of civilization. With its archaeological excavations and finds, it is one of the founding nuclei of Venetian civilization. In addition to the archaeological museum, it is possible to visit a church dating back to the XI century around which you can see numerous finds and findings from the island, dating back to the High Middle Ages
Cavallino’s markets for the lover of local traditions
Finding a glimpse of authentic life in a tourist resort is possible thanks to the traditional markets held in the squares of the peninsula.
One day a week Ca’ Savio, Cavallino and Treporti fill up with stalls and host one of the most significant occasions of popular Italian culture. Food products, clothing, technological objects, plants… you can find everything you are looking for, immersing yourself in one of the most heartfelt European traditions.
Wander around the city centre, discovering the typical features of the area, the manufacturing skills of the local shops that display their products there or maybe some unlikely object with a very nice character, giving the right space also to the refreshment point where you can rest and enjoy a good coffee or a local wine (de gustibus non disputandum est!).
Gastronomy to spread culture
The easiest, funniest and most direct way to get to know a place is to sit at the table and enjoy its flavours. Experiencing the gastronomy of a city or an area such as the Venice lagoon can be a way to travel through the centuries by staying at the restaurant.
From the most famous appetizers such as sardines in saor, to first and second courses of fish, passing through street food such as sandwiches, you will have a thousand opportunities to connect with this wonderful area through its cuisine.
The only possible advice is to choose a typical place, not very touristy, that allows a real journey to discover the tradition.