River tourism: the Venetian coastal region
Cross the hinterland along the waterways. The Venetian coastal region, with the Sile, Piave, Livenza, Lemene and Tagliamento rivers and its tributaries and artificial canals, creates an extraordinary river network which, for the most part, is navigable and boasts cycle-pedestrian paths running along many sections of it. A series of well-equipped routes take visitors to the most interesting places in the hinterland, in the search for places of environmental and historical-culture excellence, great food and drink and local products. The ancient waterways in eastern Venice were used for transport and trade during Roman times until the start of the 20th century and today they offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy unique experiences, perhaps aboard a traditional boat, such as a “burchio”, “sanpierota”, “bragozzo”, “topa”, “batea” or “batéla”” If you want to enjoy a somewhat unusual holiday, aboard a river boat, then the many moorings, harbours, marinas, restaurants and accommodation options will guarantee a support system.
Many sections of the rivers, canals and lagoons, on the other hand, are perfect for kayaking and canoeing excursions. Authorised sailing companies organise excursions along the lagoons and internal waterways, offering an interesting variety of itineraries to discover the many natural attractions, historical villages and archaeological sites around the local area.
Info: www.i-ve.it) The I'VE MAP provides useful information and details of the most interesting river itineraries as well as news about initiatives dedicated to sailing between the coast and the hinterland.
Sea, nature, fun and culture: Jesolo is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a complete holiday, to enjoy to the full. Sun lovers can enjoy the large golden beach, which is avant-garde in terms of the safety of bathers and the quality of its services. The beach is like a highway of pure golden sand, bathed by calm and clean waters.
From spring until autumn, you’ll find plenty of parties, games and sports, which you can also enjoy along Jesolo’s shopping street, which also happens to be Europe’s longest pedestrian zone. That’s not forgetting the extraordinary food and drink on offer and Jesolo's famous nightlife, which gets the resort’s rhythm going right from the sunset - aperitif time.
However, Jesolo also offers an unspoilt natural context, a wild and softly coloured lagoon, an ecosystem that beats with life and a cool, shady pine forest, which is ideal for excursions, trekking or rides on horseback or by bike.
For all the information you need, visit: www.jesolo.it.
Venice – a city dedicated to art in all of its forms and rich in museums and majestic buildings that are home to works by great artists such as Jacopo Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Tiziano, Veronese, Bellini and Giorgione – is easy to reach from Jesolo’s Marina Resort, and not only by sea (in Venice, you’ll find our mooring partner Marina SantElena), but also over land using public transport (bus and boat).
Venice organises one of the world’s most famous exhibitions, the Biennale, and is the ideal place if you want to dedicate yourself to classical music and opera, thanks to its Fenice theatre and Malibran theatre. At the end of summer each year, Lido di Venezia hosts its famous International Film Festival.
Venice is also home to lots of traditional celebrations throughout the year, with the highlights including the city’s carnival, which has incredibly ancient origins and transforms St. Mark's Square into a stage full of sophisticated costumes. Other traditional festivals include the Historical Regatta, the “Festa della Sensa” and the Redentore festival.
From 2019, Venice will once again be organising its Salone Nautico, an international boatshow hosted in the extraordinary setting of the city's "Arsenale” dockyard.
The ancient Roman colony of Concordia Sagittaria, Portogruaro, Caorle, Jesolo, Pramaggiore: these are just some of the interesting places to visit for those who love historical-cultural tourism, full of walks among ancient Roman ruins, visits to churches, ancient river ports, museums, villas and parks dating back centuries, not to mention the cities and places that tell the story of the Venetian Republic.
In fact, Eastern Venice is full of important traces back to the past and promises a range of fascinating itineraries, off the beaten tourist track, allowing you to enjoy relaxed atmospheres and discover unique local features and cultural characteristics.
The ancient Venetians obtained Roman citizenship in 49 BC and the area of Eastern Venice became important from the 1st century AD thanks to the Annia and Postumia roads, which linked the hinterland to the port of Aquileia. During the first centuries AD, following the Barbaric invasions, inhabitants of the hinterland took refuge in the lagoon areas, populating Caorle, Eraclea, Jesolo and the Venetian islands.
In 584, the coastal area, belonging to the Byzantine Empire, was proclaimed an independent province with the name “Venetia Maritima”, until the Duchy of Venice was established in 697, with its capital in the current area of Eraclea. In 812, Venice became the new capital of the Duchy, which went on to be called the Serenissima Republic of Venice. The Serenissima’s dominion gradually began to spread through the hinterland. Traces of its influence can be seen through the ancient villas, forts, historical town centres and the very shape of the area itself, altered by reclamation work and the deviation of waterways, completed between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The territory of the Venetian Republic fell under the Kingdom of Lombardy-Veneto in 1797 and, after a new period of French control, it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. During the First World War, after the defeat of Caporetto (Kobarid), the Italian army retreated along the line of the Livenza and Piave rivers, where bloody battles took place that caused deep upset to the towns and countryside here. Land planning and economic development activities only fully commenced again after the Second World War.
Information about itineraries: www.i-ve.it. The IVE MAP provides useful information and more details about the main historical-cultural places of interest in Eastern Venice and the cultural events that bring this area to life throughout the year: exhibitions, festivals, shows, concerts, displays, trade fairs, traditional festivals and much more.