13 EXCURSIONS IN VENETO NOT TO BE MISSED

excursions in Veneto

The most beautiful excursions in Veneto from the sea to the mountains

One of the best ways to discover an area is certainly to explore it slowly, walking and savoring the scents, sounds and colors of nature and the landscape step by step.

This is why in this article we have collected 13 excursions in Veneto not to be missed, to slowly immerse yourself in history, culture and nature, searching for small villages, forgotten traditions and customs. Ready to discover them with us?

EXCURSIONS IN VENICE SURROUNDINGS

THE ENCHANTING VILLAGE OF LIO PICCOLO

Lio Piccolo is one of the most enchanting corners of Venice Lagoon. It is a small rural village a few steps from the beaches of Cavallino Treporti, surrounded by bodies of water, canals, sandbanks and cultivated fields. Visiting Lio Piccolo means immersing yourself in a real slice of life in the lagoon.

The origins of this village can be traced back to the Roman imperial era, as evidenced by the discovery of the remains of two emporium houses with mosaic floors belonging to that period. During the fourteenth century this territory was abandoned due to the unhealthiness of the area.

Lio Piccolo was reborn between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the improvement of environmental conditions transformed the lagoon into an important economic resource but also into the favorite destination of the Venetian nobility for leisure and hunting activities. Precisely in this period the noble Venetian Boldù family settled in and renovated the palace which still overlooks the square today and had the small Santa Maria della Neve church rebuilt.

It would be a real shame to stop at just visiting the small village as the surroundings are full of surprises. Entering along the paths that wind through the fishing valleys, you discover a wonderful world, in which you seem to be suspended between the water and the sky.

A world in which birds, in particular waders, are certainly the masters. These are, as the name suggests, animals specialized in looking for food, worms and molluscs, probing the silt with their long beaks. First of all we find the elegant Black-winged Stilts and, now famous, the pink Flamingos.

Interesting floristic observations can be made along the banks. For example, we find the so-called halophyte plants which, thanks to particular adaptations, manage to survive in environments with a high degree of salinity.

Looking around, you can notice that the landscape is characterized by the presence of fishing farms, some of which are now disused. But what is it? The fishing valley is an area separated from the open lagoon by a fixed fence made up of embankments in which valliculture, an extensive fish farming activity, is practiced. The term “valley” derives from the Latin “vallum” which means embankment or protection.

An exciting journey through breathtaking nature, the traditions and authentic flavors of the ancient Venetian lagoon.

THE FISHERMEN’S ISLAND AND THE NATURALISTIC OASIS OF VALLEVECCHIA

Not far from the picturesque historic center of Caorle there is a place where time seems to have stopped, a place of wild nature where fresh and brackish waters mix, the lagoon. It is in this fascinating environment, where the typical fishermen hut are located, that Caorle has its origins.

The history of Caorle, in fact, is also the history of the fishermen hut called casoni, which have always been built with the same technique, with the same materials offered by nature. Casòn life contains the ancient culture of the lagoon fisherman. In fact, since ancient times, they constituted the characteristic dwelling where fishermen lived in symbiosis with the lagoon environment.

For reasons of mutual convenience, it was not uncommon for multiple huts to be built on the same strips of land, forming actual villages. A typical example is represented by the village that stands a few steps from Caorle on the so-called “Fishermen’s Island”.

Beyond the Nicesolo canal lies the wonderful naturalistic oasis of Vallevecchia, a true paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers. It represents a mosaic of different situations, a true naturalistic jewel in which to discover the riches of the lagoon: the landscape of Porto Falconera with the characteristic fishermen huts, the large marshy surfaces, the profiles of Caorle, the reeds, the pine forest, the dune coast and the vast agricultural surface which reserves interesting sightings.

Even the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway was struck by the charm of these places, so much so that he dedicated some of his most beautiful pages to them in the book “Across the River and into the Trees”.

A territory that allows you to embark on a wonderful journey through history, culture, nature and literature.

THE WILD BEAUTY OF MORT LAGOON

It can be said that Piave is one of the few rivers in the world, if not the only one, to have three mouths: one, the first and therefore the historical one, is located between Jesolo and Cavallino, where now, following the hydraulic interventions that took place in the 17th century by the Serenissima, the Sile-Piave-Vecchia flows into the river, the second is that of Cortellazzo and is the current mouth. The third is located about two kilometers further east and is that of Marina di Eraclea, which remained active between 1683, when Piave river in 1935 broke through the coastal dunes during a large flood (Rotta della Landrona).

Until 5th October 1935, the Laguna del Mort was nothing other than the last stretch of the river. The toponym “del Mort” refers precisely to the stretch of the old riverbed abandoned by Piave river and therefore considered “dead”, after having broken the right bank following a flood.

Since that day this area has become an authentic natural refuge, characterized by a great variety of environments: the river mouth, the swamp, the reed thickets, the dunes, the majestic pine forest and the cultivated reclamation expanses of Valle Ossi. A place that preserves a high biodiversity but also a long history. Inside the naturalistic oasis there are bunkers which, as in the other sectors of the Upper Adriatic, were built to defend the coastal strip and the immediate hinterland of Eraclea in anticipation of a possible Allied landing.

EXCURSIONS IN TREVISO SURROUNDINGS

CISON DI VALMARINO AND THE MILLS ROUTE

Cison di Valmarino, one of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”, is a small jewel of the Venetian foothills. The historic center is disarmingly beautiful, characterized by the presence of buildings painted red. It is a very particular color, called “Brandolini red”, which today is not easy to reproduce. It is a red from hundreds of years ago, obtained from fragmented tiles. Brandolini, lords of this valley for centuries, reserved this color for the houses of their sharecroppers, who wanted them all the same.

A stone’s throw from the square, there is the “Mills route”, a path which, winding through the woods, leads to the discovery of what was the artisan reality of Cison di Valmarino until the beginning of the last century, linked to Rujo stream and the exploitation of its waters. Along the route you can observe old reconstructed wash houses, fountains, canals and ancient mills.

An excursion that enchants at every corner and contains the value of history and the beauty of nature.

PROSECCO ROUTE

Another place of authentic beauty in Treviso area. We are talking about Prosecco Hills, a world made of nature, traditions, food and wine, where the hand of man has designed the landscape over the centuries.

Alpago Novello in his report on the districts of the province of Treviso in 1882 wrote that “The cultivation of vines is of much greater importance in these districts, which constitutes one of the main incomes and will be, if all the owners once and for all follow the maxims taught by good oenology, the greatest resource of these countries; it helps us to at least hope so.” After more than a century we can say that he was not wrong. This territory is today the homeland of one of the most famous wines in the world, Prosecco.

To immerse yourself in this world of viticulture, traditions and taste you can follow the Prosecco Route, an itinerary that winds through vineyards, farmhouses, cellars, woods and enchanting villages in Valdobbiadene area such as San Pietro di Barbozza, where home to Prosecco Brotherhood, Santo Stefano and Saccol, just to name a few.

A journey through enchanting landscapes where the signs of the rural, civil and religious history of this area come together.

REFRONTOLO AND MOLINETTO DELLA CRODA

Refrontolo, another small village in Treviso area, which houses a real treasure, testimony to times gone by: Molinetto della Croda, a characteristic rural building dating back to the 17th century. A curiosity related to the name? The foundations of the original construction rest on the bare rock, precisely the “croda” of the mountain. A fascinating place that over the centuries has inspired artists, writers and painters.

But this territory was not just an idyllic place, a source of artistic inspiration. Until the middle of the last century, it saw the labors of dozens and dozens of miners, who worked here to extract lignite.

Numerous nature trails wind their way through woods, valleys and streams in the surroundings of Molinetto della Croda. On the slopes of the hills, Marzemino is almost hidden among Prosecco vineyards. Refrontolo wanted to raise a monument to this characteristic wine, also praised by Mozart in his opera “Don Giovanni”.

An enchanted corner in Treviso surroundings that surprises at every step.

CAGLIERON CAVES

One of the most fascinating natural spectacles in the entire pre-Alpine area. This is how we can define Caglieron Caves, located in Fregona.

However, don’t be fooled by the name. Although they are called “caves”, they are actually quarries opened over the centuries by the work of local stonemasons on the walls of the ravine dug by Caglieron torrent to obtain “piera dolza”, “sweet” stone, i.e. soft, especially suitable for making doorposts, columns, steps, door and window lintels or ornamental motifs. “Piera dolza” was also used in the construction of the bell tower of Fregona.

A curiosity is linked to the name of Caglieron stream. The origin of this name derives from the fact that, along its path, the rushing waters of the stream have dug out a series of large pots, which recall the shape of “cagliere”, characteristic copper pots which in the past were used for cooking cheese and polenta.

From Caglieron Caves it is worth taking a few steps to reach the small village of Breda. From here it is possible to take a path that runs along Fregona hils and leads to the discovery of other caves, or rather quarries, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding plain.

Another path that starts near Caglieron Caves leads to the top of the hill where the remains of the ancient Piai Castle are still visible today. Attested as early as the thirteenth century, this manor followed the entire history of the powerful Da Camino family until the end of the fourteenth century.

A territory that certainly deserves to be visited for its naturalistic, historical and cultural aspects.

EXCURSIONS IN BELLUNO SURROUNDINGS

LAPISINA VALLEY LAKES

Lapisina Valley, a short valley that starts from Vittorio Veneto and is wedged between Belluno Prealps, offers the opportunity to go on numerous hikes, starting from the paths that wind along the banks of Morto, Restello and Negrisiola lakes, where the green of the woods is reflected on the intense blue waters.

From the lakes you can reach pretty villages such as Caloniche di Sotto, Caloniche di Sopra, Marén, with its ancient convent dating back to the 13th century and Brigola, among whose abandoned houses a legend still hovers today regarding its mysterious origins.

The imposing San Floriano Tower is reflected in the waters of Restello Lake. It is a watchtower which had the task of monitoring the important road that led to Cadore and from there to Tyrol and Germany and which perhaps also carried out customs functions. Tradition traces the origins of this structure back to Roman times, but undoubtedly its current appearance is medieval.

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This area is also characterized by the presence of numerous power plants, built since the beginning of the twentieth century, to exploit the abundant presence of water in the valley. Some of these are still functioning today and constitute examples of high-quality industrial architecture.

Another place absolutely worth visiting is the karst source of Meschio river, made up of a basin called “brent”, where the water takes on a thousand enchanting shades of blue.

Val Lapisina, thanks to these naturalistic and landscape treasures, truly knows how to surprise anyone who visits it.

BRENT DELL’ART

Brent dell’Art are a true masterpiece of nature preserved in the woods of Valbelluna. “Brent de l’Art”, which apparently seems like a tongue twister, is composed of the term “Brent” or “Brenta”, used by the locals to indicate a stream that flows at the bottom of a deep and narrow valley, and “Art” , dialect name of Ardo stream.

The colorful walls of Brent Grande are striking for their beauty, a gorge cut into the calcareous-marly formation of Scaglia Rossa and, above, in the marly rocks of the Scaglia Cinerea.

A path that winds through the woods allows you to continue the journey until you reach Brent della Val di Botte and Brent Rizzo. Along the route, you can observe the signs of traditional activities to testify to the indissoluble union between man and nature.

PIAN DE LE FEMENE

Another path of extraordinary beauty starts from Malga Montegal, in Limana and, entering pastures, woods and dairy farms, leads to Pian de le Femene, where breathtaking views open up over Treviso and Venetian plains. The origin of the toponym Pian de le Femene seems to date back to the women who awaited the return of their children and husbands from the toils of the woods.

In addition to being an area of ​​singular beauty, Pian delle Femene was the theater of the Resistance. For this reason, a museum has been built here which hosts an interesting photographic exhibition dedicated to the Resistance in the mountains of Veneto.

A unique and evocative landscape, monumental southern entrance to the Dolomites, a World Heritage Site.

VEDANA CERTOSA AND MASIERE

Certosa di Vedana, an imposing monastic complex of the Carthusian order, is located in Masiere, in Sospirolo, in a corner of Valbelluna not to be missed, for the variety of environments and the many points of interest that distinguish it. Among these are the picturesque lake of glacial origin, the characteristic foothill churches such as that of San Gottardo, Gron forest with its majestic chestnut trees and the suggestive expanse of Masiere, deposits of debris testifying to an ancient landslide.

The origins of Certosa are very ancient. The first written testimony of the presence of Vedana hospice is a bull from Pope Adrian IV in 1155. Around the 15th century, the hospice was transformed into a Charterhouse by the Carthusian monks of the order of S. Brunone.

A truly interesting itinerary which, crossing the sweet and bright landscape of Valbelluna, allows you to discover unique artistic and naturalistic treasures.

CORLO LAKE

An undoubtedly suggestive place, so much so that it has been compared to a Norwegian fjord, is Corlo Lake. It is an artificial basin formed following the damming of Cismon torrent, which occurred in 1954, which forced the former inhabitants of the basin to move the entire town to a higher position.

There are numerous paths that wind along the placid waters of the lake or on the steep slopes where the remains of the numerous villages that were abandoned after the construction of the dam can still be found today.

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Part of these paths, close to the unification of Italy, were traveled by smugglers who profited from various types of goods, from flour to sugar, from salt to tobacco.

An enchanting place where, in addition to admiring breathtaking views, you can feel the nostalgia of time and the lost world.

THE WILD MIS AND FALCINA VALLEY

Mis Valley and Falcina Valley, characterized by a wild and magnificent nature, are located within Belluno Dolomites National Park.

Among their mysterious and austere meanders they guard real treasures such as the magnificent Soffia waterfall and the crystalline pools of Cadini del Brenton, fifteen large potholes connected to each other by countless waterfalls. The vegetation that develops here, such as the rhododendron and the mountain pine, is characteristic of higher altitudes. This is because Cadini are reached by the sun for a few hours a day only during the summer and never in winter. In this way, fresh and humid air stagnates, favoring the inversion of vegetation.

From Cadini del Brenton, a steep road leads to the hamlets of Gene, where intact examples of typical rural buildings can be observed. The valley, once densely populated, was profoundly marked by the tragic event of the 1966 flood which isolated the upper part of Canal del Mis and accelerated the inexorable process of abandonment now underway, also following the construction of the hydroelectric basin in the second half of the twentieth century.

Before reaching Cadini del Brenton you find Pian della Falcina. From here, a path leads through the woods to Col de la Feda until reaching a panoramic point from which you can glimpse the blue of Mis Lake. A valley of notable interest also for its geological aspects and the flora and fauna species it preserves.

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