Upon your arrival you will receive the travel guide Un amico a Venezia (Your Friend in Venice) with all the tips and events taking place during the period of your stay.
Theme dinner depending on the season, in a typical restaurant.
- Day 2 — Coast of Cavallino Treporti
Cycling tour through beaches, villages, vegetable gardens and lagoon valleys
Take a bike and explore a land between sea and lagoon; cycle across sandy beaches with their high dunes and patches of shady woodland to the quiet lagoon villages of Mesole and Lio Piccolo which sit amidst gardens and canals. The small road, which is closed to traffic, winds through the middle of the lagoon waters, moving ever further away from the hubbub of the coast area. From the vantage point of the ‘argini’, or embankments, you can survey the landscape of the ‘Valli da pesca’ or fish reserves
Lunch in a traditional local tavern in the square of Treporti, with its fish specialities prepared according to traditional recipes and the finest vegetables from the ‘litorale’ coastal areas.
- Day 3 — Lido and Pellestrina Islands
Bike tour to the Lido and Pellestrina
The lagoon is regarded by the Venetians as their ‘campagna’ or countryside.
The boat departs from Punta Sabbioni and crosses channel inlet to Lido. Here you can get on your bike and cycle to Malamocco, the ancient seat of the Venetian dogate and then Alberoni. Then it’s just a short ferry ride and you reach Pellestrina. The gaze is lost in the broad horizons of the southern lagoon and is captured by the small islands that dot it. The island of Pellestrina is protected by the imposing wall of the Murazzi, built on the sea to defend the coast in the 18th century. Dozens of fishing boats are anchored on its shores, here you can learn about the traditional techniques of fishermen’s work.
Lunch of seasonal fish and vegetables in a restaurant with terrace on the lagoon in Pellestrina.
Venice Tour of Grocers, Fishermen and Artisans of the Rialto Market of Venice
You walk through the labyrinth of Venetian calli and you can almost hear just your steps. Suddenly your gaze opens to the light and you reach Rialto market with its lively banter – the pulsating, colourful heart of Venice, where you can find the ancient connection between city and lagoon.
- Day 5 — Island of Sant’Erasmo
Bike route on the island of Sant’Erasmo: Venice Vegetable Garden
The island of Sant’Erasmo is considered an oasis of peace and tranquility, far from the chaotic hordes of tourists in nearby Venice. This island, the largest in the northern lagoon, has since the Middle Ages been the place where the fruits and vegetables supplying the city have been grown. The bike route takes you along the perimeter of the island, among cultivated fields, canals and lagoon landscapes with good views of the typical horticultural crops and the natural environments of salt marsh and beach of the known island as “the vegetable garden of Venice”.
Each season yields its fruits on this island and there’s always plenty to see and to try: castraure, or early artichokes (picked to stimulate the growth of the main crop), carletti and bruscandoli, campion and hop sprouts which are used for flavouring omelettes and risotto.
The 13 km route is easy and all flat.
Bike tour along the Venetian coast
You will cycle along thin boundaries between land and water of the ancient Lido di Lio Maggiore and the river Sile — Piave Vecchia.
The ancient navigation vessels connect the river Sile to the Venice lagoon: from here the Venetian coast still allows a long journey through inland waters to the Gulf of Trieste. First follow the embankments flanked by large reeds, then the curtain of poplars and willows opens onto the fishing reserves. Stopping off and using your binoculars will let you enjoy many interesting views of the numerous birdlife present such as pink flamingos.
Lunch is on a agriturismo in Lio Maggiore, in a magical lagoon landscape.
There will be a boat waiting for you at Lio Maggiore which you can embark with your bike to get you back to Cavallino.
Archaeological Museum and Bike Tour in the Sile River Park
As you run along the banks of the rivers, cast your gaze over the green countryside and the silent flow of water, the hedges and reeds bending in the wind. We are in the heart of the Regional Park of the River Sile. The names of the places you are crossing remind you that close by here the Roman roads of the Via Annia and Via Claudia Augusta once passed. The precious finds of the cradle of the Serenissima are exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum, which inaugurated its new prestigious building in spring 2015
A few steps from the Museum you can have lunch with organic, fair trade and local produce.