Itinerary: Caorle (from the Church of the Madonna dell'Angelo) - Porte di Brian - Torre di Fine - Cortellazzo - River Piave - Jesolo Paese - River Sile - Porte di Cavallino - Valleys of the Northern Lagoon - Treporti - Lio Piccolo - Mesole - Ca' Savio.
Leaving the rocks along the promenade of Caorle, that have been shaped by the sea or by the hand of artists we follow the typical road along the canal of the fishing-boats till the crossing with the Provinciale (provincial road). We keep left and pass the small bridge Saetta, always keeping the left towards Porto Santa Margherita, a well-known seaside resort which sees in its proximity the mouth of the River Livenza. We follow the directions to Eraclea Mare till the roundabout located in the centre of the Valley Altanea, today reclaimed from the sea; we turn right and reach the river village Brian. After the canal Largon we turn right and past the small centre we reach the site of Porte di Brian, large lock which prevents the salted waters to invade the watering river-beds of the reclaimed land. We leave the picturesque landscape of the river crossing and we proceed along the Canal Largon towards Torre di Fine. The road winds in a very pleasant environment which shows big buildings which worked for the land reclamation, villas and rural houses surrounded by trees, orchards and rice-fields: the last ones between the Piave and the Livenza. Past Torre di Fine we go along via Revedoli an the homonymous river and we pass a crossing travelling under the bridge which leads to Marina di Eraclea. Small houses, boats berthed to the banks and fishing-equipments show the strong and old relationship between man and river. Near the boat bridge, before we reach the other side of the Piave, it is interesting to follow the small ground-road which flanks the first part of the Canal Revedoli, till the point from where it flows in its bed. The abandoned rests of the Porte witness the prosecution of the old coast road, which allowed to reach the lagoon of Marano thanks to a series of internal canals. The old house of the keeper can be seen on the other side of the river together with the cane thicket and the suspended square fishing-nets. The charm of this landsacape takes us to Cortellazzo passing on the floating boat bridge and on the top of the right side of the bank of the Piave.
From Cortellazzo, small fishing-village which grew around the locks of the Venetian coast road, we proceed towards Jesolo Paese. We take the road which flanks the navigable canal joining the waters of the Sile to those of the Piave, that in 1595 according to a project of the Serenissima Republic, had to solve the problems of the closeness of the mouth of the Piave to the port mouth of Treporti. Along the straight road which in 6 km leads to Jesolo Paese sounds and colours of the river alterante with a variety of landscapes: vast fields of mono-cultivation, large orchards, great buildings of the agricultural holdings. At the traffic light at the swing-bridge, we go on along Via Cesare Battisti, pass the seat of the Public Library (which goes back to the 19th century) and Piazza I Maggio, till we reach the swing-bridge on the Sile-Piave Vecchia.
We proceed to Via Rimembranza until we reach again the river, we turn left along Via Cristo Re flanking the right side of the river. The itinerary winds first on an asphalt and then on country road along the valley of Dragojesolo and the river and leads to the Porte del Cavallino. These locks, like the others, were built by the Serenissima to prevent the fresh water to flow into the lagoon and change the composition of the brackish waters; the diffusion of marsh canes prevented the lagoon to turn into a marsh. The locks of Cavallino allow the connection by water with the lagoon and lead to the Venetian coast road. From the picturesque village of the Porte, bike on the side, across the metal gangway, we reach Via Fausta next to the new bridge on the Sile.
After 7 km,Treporti can be recognized thanks to its two typical bell-towers that watch over the 18th century church. A very pleasant place for seeing the landscape, crossing of the three canals of Treporti, Burano and San Felice, from where by boat we can reach the major islands of the Northern Lagoon: Burano, Torcello, Murano, St. Erasmo and even Venice. On the right side we proceed along the Canal Saccagnana following the directions to Lio Piccolo: cultivated fields with typical rural houses and modern cultivations alternate with canals, marshes and ditches.
We are in the heart of the Northern Lagoon, one of the most interesting areas, from the environmental point of view, of the Venetian lagoon territory, ideal habitat for the stay and hibernating of many species of water birds.
After a stop in the small square adorned by centenarian jujube, we go back deviating briefly to the left next the bridge towards Mesole. These are peaceful places where time seems to have stopped.
Extract from Turistic itinerary edited by the cooperative Limosa Operatori Naturalisti.
Published by Achab Editoria - Scorzè