Jesolo and the Venetian coast
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Just a few kilometres from our Village in Caorle stands Jesolo and its coastline: a town full of life, places to visit and interesting things to discover!
This is also a route that can be done either by bicycle or by car
Leaving the San Francesco Village, you turn left. We accompany you to Punta Sabbioni, just over 40 kilometres away, where the mainland ends and the Venetian Lagoon begins, with the outline of the city visible from the distance and its bell towers rising to the horizon.
The direction to take is towards Eraclea Mare. Leaving this town on the left, climb up onto the bridge that crosses the Litoranea Veneta canal, the waterway that once linked Venice to Friuli and allowed boats to avoid going out into the sea.
Remembering the First World War
Immediately after the bridge, turn right towards Revedoli, a tiny hamlet a couple of kilometres from the Piave River. Here we enter the remains of the First World War. The Piave is known as the “sacred river of the motherland” because the Austro-Hungarian army, which intended to invade Italy in 1917, was stopped on its left bank.
Revedoli, together with Caorle and other nearby villages, are mentioned and described in the beautiful book “Das Ende der alten Armee” (“Stages of the defeat”), translated into Italian as “Tappe della disfatta” and written by Fritz Weber, an officer of the invading army. Today, the Piave River can be crossed on a characteristic pontoon bridge, one of the few remaining active, by paying a minimal toll, either by car or by bicycle.
Jesolo, the most famous seaside town of the Upper Adriatic
Beyond the bridge we meet the village of Cortellazzo, with its small but characteristic harbour that still houses some fishing boats; then we cross another bridge and find ourselves in the municipality of Jesolo.
You can start your visit to the most famous seaside town on the Upper Adriatic by crossing Jesolo Pineta, surrounded by greenery, until you reach the central Via Bafile, the town’s most famous street. Continuing westwards you will pass the mouth of another river, the Sile River, and enter the municipality of Cavallino-Treporti.
From here the road leads to its end in front of the Venice Lagoon. On the left side, towards the sea, the area is home to a series of campsites, some of the largest in Europe, which are visited by many tourists during the summer.
On the right side of the road there are numerous vegetable gardens, an area that has been famous since the times of the Serenissima Republic for its large-scale cultivation of vegetables. And the asparagus that grows on this sandy soil is a delicacy that should be savoured.
As an alternative to the long straight road from Cavallino, you can take a parallel road that runs further north alongside most of the lagoon. You pass through a variety of small villages, rich in history that is still linked to the Serenissima, but all very characteristic and worth seeing: Ca’ Ballarin, Ca’ Pasquali, Ca’ Savio.
Wandering around the inland streets of this area, you can see the remains of numerous ‘watchtowers‘, tall buildings from which soldiers used to watch the sea, ready to sound the alarm in case of danger.
At Punta Sabbioni you have to stop. This village has now become a single large car park where cars and buses stop and deliver their passengers to the boats that shuttle daily to Venice and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Author: Gianni Prevarin
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