Cycling in Cavallino Treporti
Hi Incurable Travelers,
I continue to tell you about our wonderful weekend at the Marina di Venezia camping in Cavallino Treporti, after the day dedicated to excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands, we went to explore the hinterland of the peninsula making a nice bike ride. It was the first time that we took our son on a bike and I must say that he enjoyed it very much, thanks to the path between the lagoon fishing valleys.
We did not start directly from the Marina of Venice, because before we enjoyed a short crossing with an electric boat in the lagoon and only got off our bike with Lio Piccolo.
Lio Piccolo is a set of islets interspersed by narrow canals, reachable from Treporti thanks to a very scenic road, surrounded by marshes. You cycle on the banks surrounded by long lagoon canals, fishing valleys, and salt marshes. Looking around you can admire the characteristic flora and the varied fauna including, depending on the season, herons, cormorants, knights of Italy, gossips, fraticelli, terns, mallards and little egrets. If you are very lucky you can see the pink flamingos that in recent years are populating this area of the lagoon.
The main vocation of the inhabitants of this small fraction is the fruit and vegetable activity, absolutely to taste the “castraure” of the artichokes with an intense purple color and small, also known as Sant’Erasmo artichokes, to be fried or even ideal for a fresh salad, but above all the jujube, a small fruit from which a very very sweet liqueur is obtained, the famous “broth of jujube”.
Along our ride between valleys and sandbanks, we met a real gem of the territory, or the square of the village in which stand out the church dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve with its bell tower, recently renovated. Definitely worth the numerous steps that lead to the top of the bell tower to admire the landscape below, an alternation of green and blue.
Also noteworthy is Palazzo Boldù, a building dating back to the end of the seventeenth century, which later became the property of the noble Venetian family of Boldù who restored the construction to give it the appearance today, this family also designed the current appearance of the village and its agricultural vocation.
Recently, moreover, mosaic floorings have been discovered that can be traced back to a Roman settlement, a period in which the lagoon had a different appearance from what we know today.
We leave Lio Piccolo to return to the Marina di Venezia camping, always immersed in the silence of the lagoon, interrupted only by the wind and the melodies of the various ornithological species that populate it; such is the tranquility that these places emanate that our little man has fallen asleep comfortably lying in the back seat of his father’s bike!
This beautiful bike tour we have traveled during the day, but we reserve to go back at sunset to enjoy the flaming colors of the sun that plunges into the lagoon, must be a real poetry.
So to those who want to retrace these roads, I can only say … good miles!