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The villages of the littoral
The villages of the littoral

The villages of the littoral

Let yourself be conquered by the beauty of the country villages suspended between history and nature!

Our advice: take your bike, a hat, the sunglasses, a bottle of water and some snacks and set off for a trip with your family, at the discovery of the lagoon and of the historical military buildings of Cavallino-Treporti.

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Mesole

Mesole is a district of Cavallino-Treporti, inhabited since 1300, known both for the extraordinary lagoon environment that surrounds it and for the homonymous convent. The convent of the Mesole is one of the most ancient buildings of the area, built in 1380 and ecclesiastic property.

The architecture of the settlements tells about an ancient history. The enchanting road leading to this rural village seems suspended among the lagoon water mirrors. Once you passed the Valle Sacchetta, there are vegetable gardens and orchards all around you, a small oratory of the 17th century –  dedicated from the 19th century to S. Maria del Carmine – and the convent ,characterized by the large fireplace that protrudes from the building and has on the top a big quadrangular chimney.

The village of Lio Piccolo

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The noble Venetian family of the Boldú – towards the end of the 1700 – was the owner of many farm houses, vegetable gardens, grazing lands and fishing valleys. This family was also the owner of the Palace that we see, when we get to Lio Piccolo, that took its name.

After the family Boldú, which restored the Palace, various owners followed. In 1889 the village was acquired by the Armenian Mekhitarist Fathers, and it is exactly under this management that the bell tower and the rectory –that we can still admire today – were built in front of the Church. So, Lio Piccolo becomes a place of meditation and prayers among the enchanting orchards, vegetable gardens and the fishing valleys.
 
Subsequently, this village experienced a phase of abandonment, until 2004 when the Municipality of Cavallino Treporti obtained the complex of Lio Piccolo and started a path to raise awareness and public engagement aiming at the safeguard of this extraordinary site.
 
“Fragments of the Lagoon”: the exhibition in Lio Piccolo.
In the centre of Lio Piccolo, a permanent exhibition on the history of our ancient villages and lagoon canals, “Fragments of the Lagoon”, has been set up: an important example of how small realities, as our old villages, are full of important treasures and keepers of precious information to reconstruct the past and recover ancient traditions.
 
Opening times: closed for winter maintenance works.
We’ll be back in Spring 2020.

Saccagnana

Heading towards Lio Piccolo, you go through Saccagnana, but especially through its small square called “Prà” (from the word ‘prato’- lawn - abbreviated). 

An old rural village between vegetable gardens and lagoon.
The origins of this village are confirmed by the historical architectural settlements, as the oratory of the XVIII century and the old Renaissance Villa, ‘Casa Padronale Zanella’. This Villa dates back to the XVI century, was fully restructured between 1996 and 1998, and is an example of Venetian Villa in the lagoon. Both these buildings rise on the historical rural courtyard of the Prà, where you still have the feeling of a past life.

Treporti

The toponym comes from the historical canals of Pordelio, Portosecco and Saccagnana. These canals divided the lands in three islands: the island of Portosecco, the island of the Church (Isola della Chiesa) and Saccagnana. As there were no bridges at the time, you could reach the islands only by boat. In the heart of the village you find the symbolic-bulding of Treporti: la Chiesa della S.S.Trinità (the Holy Trinity Church), the first evidences date back to the XVI century. What mostly characterizes Treporti, are the two Bell Towers; one is the oldest, and dates back to the construction of the first church, the second was erected between 1925-1932 and it is 35 m high. Therefore Treporti became the “village of the two bell towers”.

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