From Caorle, well-known town of historical significance by the Adriatic sea, you can take a trip towards Duna Verde along a conveniently paved cycle lane. A bridge then allows you to cross Livenza river near its source. This river and its canals wet Caorle's countryside in fact they were important ways of communication for many centuries, up to the1960s. This excursion follows the river route for a while, which used to connect Caorle to Grado, Triest to Venice. It is the “Litoranea Veneta”, an itinerary that helps you relive the atmosphere with traders and travellers from past centuries. The route then crosses the town centres of Brian and Torre di Fine which offer interesting plumbing systems to be seen.
Towards the inland, you can cast your eye for kilometres. From the high river banks it is possible to enjoy the vast scenery of eastern Veneto, where in the fifties modern farming took place in areas in which only unhealthy swampy grounds were present.
At the entrance of Eraclea a short detour takes you to Mort Lagoon, its name refers to an old branch of the Piave river. It's an area of a highly significant enviroment, where right after you can cross the Eraclea pine forest, one of the few woodlands along the coast with a Mediterranean vegetation with sea pine trees and holm oaks.
On your way back, by following the cycle lane you can plan a scenic stopover to enjoy the sun and the fantastic beaches of this part of the Venetian coast, between the two sources of the rivers Piave and Livenza.
Sun, beaches, pine trees, water ways and the sea are the ingredients of a perfectly active holiday.
Length: 35 kilometre looped cycle route
Departure - Arrival: Hotel Managers' Association- Caorle
For individual routes: Caorle, historic town centre
For guided tours: Caorle near the Hotel Managers' Association, Strada Nuova street
Timing: 4 hrs
Signposts: present, brown coloring, pictogram I3
Conditions of the route:
The route is easy and it extends almost entirely over paved cycle lanes and service roads with little traffic. Caution is required at the roundabout near Duna Verde and along the side road from Torre di Fine to Eraclea. Extra-caution also when crossing the intersection which leads to the Eraclea pine forest and proceeds up to a gravel path. To take this tour it is advised to use city bikes or on bikes for tourists.
After your arrival in Caorle, you can't miss a visit to the town centre: the ancient Dome of the XI century with its typical cilindrical bell tower, a fine example of the Romanesque style and the nearby museum which maintains notable sacred works of Art. Further ahead, along the coastline with its original sculptured rocks you'll see the evocative Sanctuary of the “Madonna dell’Angelo”, just by the sea. By following the pleasant cycle lane you'll arrive in Falconera where you can admire the typical Fishermen huts called the “Casoni dei pescatori” surrounded by the Lagoon of Caorle. This natural enviroment is full of appeal, having inspired Hemingway, for his novel: “Across the river and into the trees”.
You can keep pedalling towards the Livenza river and cross over the typical bridge “of the Scales”. After a few kilometres, a break can be taken near Ca’ Corniani, a farm town with at its centre a farm buiilding which has been active since the end of the sixth century. This is a small town that belongs to the municipality of Caorle, which hosted a great number of farm labourers, who used to work in the fields before the invention of tractors. Still today, in the old cellar rooms you can find a local winery, where the most typical wines of eastern Veneto can be tasted and bought. In San Giorgio di Livenza, you can proceed towards east up to Marango, where the rivers Loncon and Lemene end up in the Lagoon Lame. You can cross Concordia Sagittaria, former Roman colony which still preserves a huge archaelogical site and a wonderful Cathedral with a Baptistery and go on up to Portogruaro, (3) city of Art and wine. In Portogruaro, don't miss the National Museum of Concordia and a short break in a wine bar in the centre. On your way back, follow the river Lemene up to San Gaetano country town situated near the Barons Franchetti's Villa. The surrounding landscape is of the fishing valleys and of vast fields of cereals, vineyards and orchards. A service road then takes you to the main road where caution is required while getting back Caorle.
Length: 60 km parallel route
Departure – Arrival:
Individual routes: Caorle, historic centre
Guided tours: Caorle near the Hotel Managers' Association
Timing: 8 hours
Signposts: present, brown color, pictogram I3. Signposts are not present along the cycle route of REV: Maranghetto – San Gaetano – Caorle.
Conditions of the route:
The route presents no difficulties although it is an advised route for tourists who are keen on biking. The gravelled river bank, along the river Lemene, may be an alternative route in some cases. You'll need city bikes or bikes for tourists.
Caorle is a small beach resort, once founded by the Romans and protected by the Republic of Venice of which the cultural influence is still identifiable in the architecture of the town centre. Rivers, lagoons and vast country-sides mark the surrounding landscape, while towards west the golden beach and the Adriatic sea extend.
This paradise can be enjoyed in a new way by bike. From the historic town centre of Caorle with the picturesque sanctuary of the Angel you can take the evocative cycle lane so-called of the fishermen's island.
From its source, follow the Lemene river up to the island of Falconera where the fishermen of Caorle have built the typical huts called the “Casoni “ with the local swampland canes for temporary shelter or as shacks. Still today it can happen to meet fishermen on their way back from a day's fishing in the sea. Once again on your bike you can pedal along the bank of the Revedoli Canal, an artificial waterway that belongs to the historic intersections of navigable waterways, referred to as the “Litoranea Veneta”. Near the Stadium, you'll find a river boat by the pier, where you can start navigating up to the “Valle Vecchia” harbour. The boat leaves from Caorle and follows the river surrounded with small bushes, trees and canes where a great variety of birds nest. Here you'll find Ernest Hemingway's favourite spots, where as a guest of the family Franchetti's household, he would go fishing and hunting. “Across the river and into the trees” is one of his most famous works, which was said to be inspired by many of these sights.
Once again on land, you can hop on your bike again and cross the natural oasis of Valle Vecchia, where a museum welcomes the tourist and a network of pedestrian and cycle lanes allow you to encounter different natural habitats and woods: the dunes, the pine woods and the young forests of holm oaks. Here, incredible views are offered as the seasons pass by, such as the bird colonies on seasonal migration or stable, the inland full of colour and the lush vegetation where you may spot a variety of mammals such as fallow deers, foxes and hares.
Nice spots to take a swim in the wilderness and in uncontaminated water are located along the paths.
On your way back and on schedule, you can catch a boat to the starting point, utterly satisfied after spending a day of immersion in the natural wilderness of the Caorle lagoon.
Length: 30 km ring route
Departure – Arrival:
For the individual routes: Caorle in … street near local stadium
For guided tours: Caorle near the the Hotel Managers'Association, Strada Nuova
Timing required: 4 hours
Sign posts: not present
The route is easy, it proceeds almost entirely on gravel roads. It can be ridden by city bikes or on bikes for tourists