AN UNUSUAL AFTERNOON ON BOARD OF THE TYPICAL LAGOON BOAT: “BRAGOZZO”
During a calm spring afternoon in May we had the chance to experience a truly unique experience, which allowed us to discover the Caorle lagoon and the island of fishermen from a whole new perspective. Much more authentic and charming, aboard of the typical boat: the bragozzo (or “bragosso” as they say here).
This particular boat has an ancient history, dating back to Venetian times and now there are very few examples … The bragozzo is a traditional boat from a flat bottom fishing that fishermen have used throughout the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century until the advent of motor boats. Its size and the particular shape makes it suitable for navigation even in very shallow water and treacherous as those lagoons areas, otherwise inaccessible to other means. That’s because with this experience, you can visit some very unique nooks and corners of the Caorle lagoon!
If you want to learn more about its historical center of Caorle take a look at this article!
The departure is situated along the river next to the sports field of the city. Near the pier we immediately identified our bragozzo and the captain waiting. The tour lasted about 2 hours and during pleasant journey the captain told lots of anecdotes and curiosities about the life of the fishermen of the past and present us, showed us the most beautiful sights and indicated the wildlife we encountered along the way.
During the visit we were able to see up close even the huts, the typical fishermen’s houses of the lagoon which we have already spoken and enter to visit one. Then, we resumed our hike slowly lulled by the current of the lagoon.
The bragozzo was clearly built according to the dictates of the time. With a particular elongated structure, completely in wood, with a flat bottom that is suitable to be as well as eco-sustainable also very quiet. It can accommodate about a dozen people and has a canopy to protect from the sun, wind or rain.
If you are looking for a way to discover a different side of Caorle, its history, its nature and live it authentically and sustainably: the bragozzo is the experience you’ve been waiting! 😉