From the sea to the duny beaches, from a cane thicket to the shallow valley waters, narrow and long strips of land throb lively fron dawn to sunset. The littoral lands are the thin barrier between the lagoon and sea waters and are the natural defense of the artistic, cultural and economic heritage which finds its core in Venice. The relationship between man and lagoon is still very close and the activities within this rich and special ecosystem are very intense: hunting, fishing, agriculture and tourism.
Itinerary: Ca' Savio – Chioggia (by bicycle)
From Ca' Savio we go along the homonymous road and before reaching the sea. Along the road many small roads go from the left and penetrate the littoral wood till they reach the beach. This part of the littoral land is worth a stop and a visit, because it has partly maintained its original look.
From via Montello, on the right side on the sea-front Dante Alighieri, we reach Punta Sabbioni, always crowded with people and boats; from here we can catch the boat to go to the Lido di Venezia (more or less every 30 minutes).
Once settled our bikes on the boat we can enjoy during the trip the beautiful landscape that from the bocca di porto on the sea goes to the inside lagoon, watching in the distance the charming Venetian palaces that appear in the horizon. We get off at the Lido, well-known venetian beach, at the stop of Santa Maria Elisabetta or San Nicolò and we proceed towards South; along Via San Gallo, that becomes Via Malamocco at the bridge on the right of Via Selvo, we arrive in Riva di Corinto on the lagoon. On the right side the Isle of San Lazzaro degli Armeni can be visited by catching from Venice the boats of Line 20 of the public service: San Lazzaro represents the only example in the lagoon of a minor island not to be abandoned and left to degradation as shows a clever way of living full of cultural, sports and artisan activities.
A few more kilometres and we reach Alberoni, where a visit to the beach is almost compulsory: high dunes covered with the typical vegetation make this place one of the last untouched streches of the beach of the northern Adriatico. Visconti shot here his "Morte a Venezia" (Death in Venice).
Following Via del Faro we reach the southern extremity of this shore and in 10 minutes by ferry-boat we cross the "bocca di porto" of Malamocco berthing at Santa Maria del Mare. The Isle of Pellestrina is a narrow and long strip of land suspended between sea and lagoon, protected from the rush of the waters by one or more strong defenses that the Serenissima managed to build in order to save its town.
The Murazzi run along the shore and keep safe the tiny villages of fishermen which face the lagoon with their voices and sounds: San Pietro in Volta, Portosecco, an ancient port today silted up, St. Antonio and Pellestrina.
After Pellestrina, the shore of Ca' Roman opens for almost 40 hectares of beach, dunes and greenery. Here the dunes are the last refuge of many species of flora and fauna; they are the natural protection which limit the lagoon from the sea as known well by the administrators of the Serenissima
To go from Ca' Roman to Chioggia we still have to pass another bocca di porto, and to do it we have to go back to Pellestrina from where frequent means of transport leave to the town.
Extract from www.jesolo.it
Provincia di Venezia Turistic Itinerary edited by the cooperative Limosa Operatori Naturalisti