The capital of open-air tourism and Italy’s second largest beach, Cavallino Treporti is known throughout Europe. The Cavallino Treporti coastline is a peninsula that stretches between Venice and Jesolo. Its charm lies in the variety of landscapes that can also be explored through easy bike routes. The lagoon environment, which captivates with its characteristic flora and fauna, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and is well worth a visit to discover historical and nature trails.

From the sandbanks to the agricultural lands that draw the landscape with different crops from season to season; then there are villages, different from each other, but linked by a common history, the military fortifications that take you back in time as evidence of a not very distant past, the pine forest, a place for relaxing walks and at the same time habitat of animals and plants to discover, learn and respect as well as the dune environment that leads gradually to the beach with its golden sand and the unmistakable scent of the sea.


A single long narrow paved road connects the coastline to Lio Piccolo. Here, a dozen or so houses grouped around a small unpaved square form the nucleus of the village where the small church of Santa Maria della Neve with its bell tower and Palazzo Boldù stand out. The oldest evidence of life in Lio Piccolo dates back to the first centuries of the past millennium.


Treporti is a hamlet on the Cavallino-Treporti coastline. Its name derives from the historical ports of the canals Pordelio, Portosecco and Saccagnana. These canals divided the territory into three islands: the island of Portosecco, the island of the Church and Saccagnana. In the past there were no bridges and the islands were reachable by boats. In the heart of the town there is the symbol building of Treporti: the church of SS. Trinità, the first testimonies are already from the XVI century. The main characteristic of the church are the bell towers, an older one dating back to the construction of the first church and the second one erected between 1925 and 1932, 35 m high. Treporti has thus become “The town of the two bell towers”.


At the opposite end, near the mouth of the Sile river, is the center of Cavallino. The 18th century church dedicated to the homonymous saint stands in the central Piazza Santa Maria Elisabetta. At the center of the square stands the war memorial bordered by four 305mm grenades, original relics belonging to the San Marco Battery. The horse placed on the column of the monument was made in bronze in 1948 by the sculptor Barbaro.


Heading towards Lio Piccolo we pass by Saccagnana through its small square, called “Prà”. The two most important buildings overlooking the square are the eighteenth century church of S. Maria del Carmine and the Zanella manor house.