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Caorle Lagoon

The tract of sea to the north of the lagoon of Caorle is perfect for boat trips, where you will be surrounded by uncontaminated nature.

Ernest Hemingway was very much taken with this part of the world, which he described as follows in Across the River and Into the Trees:
"an autumn of wonderful days, of short showers that leave the sky clearer than before and light up with rainbow colors the necks and heads of the mallards and pintails that fly up unexpectedly from reed beds towards spaces that seem eternal. The silences are delightful. The noises are those of a gray mullet that darts here and there through the air and falls back in the water, of the rustling of leaves hardly moved by the wind, of the call of migratory birds that arrive after a long voyage from the East and descend in wide circles above the lagoon of Caorle, which has remained ancient in its feel and in the taste of life". (E. Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees, 1948) Please note: this extract has been retranslated from the Italian and is not the original English text.

Among the valleys and the silt banks, you will come across the casoni, which are the typical buildings used in the past by fishermen during the fishing season.

The lagoon area includes the Brussa (also known as the Valle Vecchia or Old Valley), which is an island on the Adriatic coast located between the beaches of Caorle (of which it constitutes a district) and Bibione. The island comprises 4 kilometres of sandy beaches together with an agricultural area that was reclaimed in the 1960s, separated by a thick pine forest. The soil is clayey and has frequent infiltrations of salt water. As such, the island encompasses the typical lagoon environment of the Venetian coast.
The semi-marshland that surrounds the island is very interesting – here, the interaction of the salt water that comes from the sea and the fresh water that comes, in the main, from the River Lemene, creates a territory that is ideal for the proliferation of a rich wealth of fauna, especially birds.