YES BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME CITIES THAT WILL REMAINS IN YOUR HEART!
Those cities that when you are there loading the last suitcase think with a heavy heart that you in this city want you right back. And you find yourself smiling with the knowledge that will see this city again. Maybe with a different company or a different season … but “you have to come here back!“. It is not a feeling, it is a certainty. Yes this is the effect that makes a goodbye in Caorle.
I can’t tell whether it’s the deep blue sea, the green of nature, the pastel colors of the merry old town or the aromas of its dishes to make Caorle so sunny and charming. Indeed perhaps his magic is precisely from all these sparkling colors and flavors. But certainly if is call it “the pearl of the Adriatic” there is a reason and today we would like reveal a little. Not too much though because the beauty of Caorle is discovering getting lost in its streets and squares.
THE COLOURFUL HISTORICAL CENTER
Someone says that “the pastel colors stimulate the joy and the good mood” and it seems that here in Caorle its inhabitants have taken very seriously the question! Its historic center is really a succession of colorful houses, all different, with bright colors and pastel tones combined with wise taste to want to recall its traditions and its past of seaside towns. It is said that the fishermen they painted their homes with visible colors so that they can find and recognize when they return to home even among the dense fog in the winter months around the city even today.
SMALL STREETS, SQUARES AND “CAMPIELLI”
Another advantage of Caorle is definitely the ability with which over the years has been able to maintain the charm of a seaside village: the port, the narrow streets, pretty squares and the valuable historic center “RIO TERRA”. A landscape that gives the impression of finding themselves wandering through the streets of Venice so as to gain in Caorle the nickname “Little Venice”. Besides, we are in the Venice area and it shows! 😉
THE FISHING HARBOUR
In the center of the city it’s a must visit the fishing port. The evening stroll you can still see the fishermen returning from the sea repairing their nets, arrange pots or clean freshly caught fish. I confess that it is the port the place that I love most in my hometown. He puts me in a good mood immediately sit there along the wall to watch the fishermen at work, greedy seagulls waiting patients some leftover fish and the fish that roam near the boats with the sun dropping behind. A scene of life for me fascinating and timeless. And then here I have very special memories of childhood, tied to when my grandfather took me to the harbor to see the fish auctions. Here restaurateurs are hogging the fresh fish to be served in the evening on the tables and we always met some elderly to chat. Today the original fish has been replaced by a new, while maintaining its function and its marine charm.
From the fishing port, we suggest you to walk into the historic center passing through the Rio Terra, with its bars, shops and restaurants. Maybe stop here for an ice cream in one of the ice cream stores in the city. The best in my opinion is “la botega del geato” where the family Marchesan prepares with love for decades the best ice cream in town. Or if it’s the aperitif time have a rest at one of the many locals for a quick spritz 😉
THE CATHEDRAL AND THE BYZANTINE BELL TOWER
From Rio Terra walk towards Piazza Vescovado to admire the historic S. Stefano Dome with adjoining liturgical museum and the Byzantine church tower. Worth visiting. The bell tower erected to about in the year 1070 is 44 meters high and remains one of the few circular bell towers of Italy. Over the centuries it has also been folded a few centimeters, and this makes it even more fascinating. If you are ever in Caorle during the month of July, check local events because every year about half of the month takes place a particular show: the fire of the bell tower. Is recreated through a light show, smoke and fireworks the terrible fire that destroyed the bell tower in 1923. The interior of the Cathedral is also a veritable treasure trove of treasures, among them the “golden shovel “wonder Venetian-Byzantine goldsmith, finely worked with many allegorical etchings – religious and gift of Queen Caterina Cornaro.
A CHURCH ON THE SEA
Advancing then to a few meters towards the beach you’ll find yourself on a very special walk: the “living reef“. The rocks that compose it are carved and decorated by artists from around the world every two years in the month of July get together to give life to this great collective work in constant evolution. This particular walk runs through the waterfront, creating a fairytale effect with the clear sea behind him and the view of the beautiful church perched on the rocks. That this really is not a church, but the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’angelo was built around the VI century by the inhabitants of Concordia Sagittaria who dedicated the little house at St. Michael the Archangel. However, its name comes from a legend that tells:
“It was night and saw some fishermen offshore float a wooden statue of the Madonna so they tried to pick it up in vain for hours. It was too heavy for them. Only a group of children, with the innocent and gentle touch of their hands managed the heroic aim”
Following the event, so the islanders decided to dedicate the church to the Blessed Virgin and hence the name “Madonna dell’Angelo”. The sanctuary was then protagonist of another miraculous event: in 1727 when Caorle was invested by a terrible sea flooding. The whole city was flooded by meters of water without even save a corner of the city, but the church remained miraculously unscathed. If you approach, look near the entrance to the church the little marble cross with a header which bears testimony to the event.
THE BEACH OF CAORLE
The small church of “Madonna dell’Angelo” as well as having the role of beacon for ships sailing in the waters of the sea, bisects the beach in Caorle: the “Ponente” and “Levante” beach. Beaches are huge, very very large, golden and with fine sand. The shallow water, the beach and the services that are offered complete the picture and make it a great place for everyone but especially make it ideal for families with small children. From some years you can also go to the sea in the company of four-legged friends, because the municipality has approved and delimited some portions of the beach for dogs in Caorle.
If you’re in town during the summer but is not a good day to sunbathing take a look at this itinerary to discover 5 unusual places to visit near Caorle. ☚
“MAMMA MIA”THAT GOODNESS
I don’t know whether to blame bracing air or endless walks that will inevitably find you do to Caorle but certainly, it is scientifically proven that it is almost impossible to walk in the evening between the scents of the city’s delights without getting caught. 😉 If you also want not to resist and want to leave you captivated by its tasty dishes and fine wines you will be spoiled for choice. Whatever your choice will still recommend to try the fish dishes, the basic element of Caorle cuisine. There is neither something for every taste: fried fish walking mixed in foil loved by young and old, traditional dishes, such as “broeto caorlotto”, tasty soup with fresh fish. But also the pasta “nero de seppia” will not disappoint you.
Are all dishes to try at least once, then if you can limit yourself in it again! 😉
BEYOND THE SEA THERE ARE MORE – THE CITY NEARBY
The beauty of Caorle, is that it has managed to combine the essence of seaside town with its rural traditions that the inland villages have been able to fully preserve.
If you want to stretch your legs with a bracing ride take a look at this route in the surroundings of Caorle. If you do not disdain the car you should visit the historic city of Portogruaro or Roman Concordia Sagittaria. It deserves to be mentioned also the city of Brussa with the natural oasis of Vallevecchia perfect for photography enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Or the beautiful Treviso. In the neighborhood there is also the marinara sister Chioggia and less than an hour by car or two hours by boat you can reach the city of Venice and its islands.
So you really need other to choose to visit Caorle? 😉