TOWNS OF CAVALINO AND TREPORTI IN THE VENICE PROVINCE
The coast of Cavallino-Treporti is known all over Europe as the kingdom of "plein air" (campers or RV's), where tourist resorts and camping grounds are able to meet different holiday and vacation needs.
Its beach of fine sand is one of the most beautiful in Italy and is about 12 kilometers long. This extremely long strip of land touches a shallow sea, whilst a centuries old pine grove offers -unique scenery, where the dominant vegetation is constituted by Mediterranean pine and stone pine, as well as tamaracks and Russian olive. A naturalistic paradise for lovers of birdwatching or for those who desire to discover the uniqueness of this environment by bicycle or by boat. For lovers of the marine environment, the "tegnùe" are found a few miles from the coast of Cavallino Treporti, natural rocky outcrops "built" by calcareous red algae.
The Cavallino-Treporti area is divided into 12 districts: Lio Grando, Ca' Ballarin, Ca' Pasquali, Ca' Savio, Ca' di Valle, Ca' Vio, Cavallino, Lio Piccolo, Mesole, Punta Sabbioni, Saccagnana and Treporti. The peninsula is crossed by various waterways. The River Sile, which runs through the old basin of the River Piave, separates it from nearby Jesolo. The length of the territory is crossed by the Pordelio Canal, which branches out towards the West into the Portosecco and Saccagnana canals and into the Casson canal to the East. If you follow the unpaved paths that run alongside the banks of these waterways (perhaps by bike), you can stop in one of the many hamlets full of centuries worth of history and then explore the lagoon landscape, where you can have breathtaking encounters with seagulls, herons and cormorants.
Cavallino Treporti represents a natural protection zone, one of the most interesting areas of the Northern Lagoon, a natural environment made up of sandbanks, reed beds, tide pools, swamps and fishing ponds. But the coast is also made up of seaside resorts with a more recent history, such as Ca' Savio, Punta Sabbioni, Ca' Pasquali. In addition to tourism, the Coast is an area naturally suited to agriculture. Small family-run farming businesses specialize in the production of fruit and vegetables, among which the very flavorsome tomato warrants a mention, as well as the asparagus and fruit such as peaches, pears and plums. All this produce reaches the principal markets of Veneto and Northern Italy daily.
WHAT TO EAT IN CAVALLINO TREPORTI
Cavallino-Treporti is one of Europe’s leading agricultural areas. Thanks to its environmental and morphological features, as well as the professionalism of its workers, agricultural products from this area are known all over Italy and in many European countries. Agriculture is deeply rooted in this territory – in the 1950s Cavallino-Treporti was considered the “kitchen garden” of Venice. Local farmers set sail on typical vessels known as mascarete to cross the lagoon and travel to the Rialto market, where they sold their produce. A qualitative leap is linked to the deluge of November 1966, which affected local orchards. From that moment on, farmers in the area began to experiment with the cultivation of new varieties of fruit and vegetables, together with innovative production techniques. This resulted in the typical, protected produce grown in greenhouses which, fifty years later, achieved levels of excellence, high quality and guarantees, known throughout Europe. Today there are around 100 farms in the Cavallino-Treporti area. Typical produce includes tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and lettuce. In recent years, as well as being sold in the most important wholesale markets in Northern Italy, fruit and vegetables from Cavallino-Treporti, identified by the “Parco Turistico” trademark, are also sold directly to tourists, as certified quality products at reasonable prices. Since last Summer, Cavallino-Treporti products identified by the “Parco Turistico” trademark have also been on sale in Coops in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.