Famous for its breathtaking sunsets and unspoiled nature, Lio Piccolo is a small oasis of the Venetian Lagoon made up of a set of tiny islands connected by one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy. Let's go to the discovery of its “secrets” places.
If you love sunsets, this is the place for you. Here the sun offers, in fact, a truly unique spectacle, sinking between the sky and the infinite mirror of water of the Lagoon that reflects it into thousand purple hues.
An uncontaminated place, Lio Piccolo is a set of tiny islets separated by narrow channels that make up a network that can be traveled by bicycle which is accessed by a single paved road, prohibited to motor vehicles on weekends to preserve the ecosystem.
Don’t forget – beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.
Lio Piccolo can be reached from Jesolo following the signs for Treporti and the road from Punta Sabbioni to Ca’ Savio. The ideal is to leave in the late afternoon, about an hour before sunset, leaving the car near one of the many shops along the road where you can rent bicycles.
From the bike rental, you pass the Ca’ Savio bridge and reach the center of Treporti, continuing right after the bridge over the Saccagnana canal, skirting the valley of the same name. From Ca’ Savio, consider about 15 km of a round-trip cycle path, a distance that can be easily covered in about an hour and a half without pauses.
Taking the small road of Lio Piccolo, a truly unique landscape will open up before your eyes in the middle of the lagoon up to the small Piazza del Prà, where you may happen to meet one of the 20 inhabitants of the small village. From here, continuing on via Lio Piccolo, you reach Al Notturno and then take via della Liona on the right until you circle a tiny strip of land that offers a wonderful view of Venice and its islands.
All around there are only fields cultivated with violet artichokes and jujubes, sandbanks and fishing valleys and many species of birds, pintails, flamingos, shelduck, bee-eaters, who here enjoy the quiet of nature without being disturbed. This small ring of land of about 4 km can present some difficulties by bike due to the thick vegetation, left almost uncontaminated to prevent the lawnmowers from disturbing the animals that nest in the area.
Upon returning, you pass in front of the famous Casa Rossa, one of the symbols of Lio Piccolo, and return to the square of the small village from which you can choose whether to return to Ca’ Savio or take an aperitif break at Al Notturno, a traditional eatery that offers typical lagoon fish to be enjoyed under the wooden huts or, to take away, for a picnic along the banks that lead down to the vegetable gardens.
Upon returning to Treporti, in the evening you can stop for dinner at Osteria Ai Do Campanili, the fine dining kingdom of Martino Scarpa and Nicola Bacciolo. Here you can taste the best of the raw material that comes from the vegetable gardens, the lagoon and the fishing valleys of the area, respecting the ancient Venetian culinary tradition combined with the creativity of contemporary cuisine.
Alternatively, returning to Jesolo, you can book, also for sleeping, Valle Cavallino, open from April to October, a typical rural house of the lagoon transformed into a small oasis of good hospitality with 4 apartments, swimming pool and the possibility to book some of the experiences most authentic that the area offers. Benefiting, in fact, from its position near one of the most beautiful and ancient fishing valleys of the Lagoon, here you can book amusing charming dinners by candlelight and picnics on a boat, an old colored “topa” from the 30s (to which they reference the photos).
A little further on, still in Cavallino-Treporti, another “secrets” address is the Locanda alle Porte, a unique place that keeps intact the authentic charm of the Jesolo of 1600, the historic headquarters of the customs office of the water magistrate of the Republic of Venice. The Locanda, open all year round, in winter offers the opportunity to eat typical fish dishes in the small wine bar, while in summer under its magnificent pergola, immersed in the quiet of the lagoon, arriving early so as not to miss the spectacle of the sun setting over the canals.