[ AUSTRIA TRIP ] THE TRADITIONS OF LAGUNA

Get a glimpse of Venice, the bright colors of Burano and the welcome of a fishing village. Here is let off Caorle, that steals your heart with his old town that looks straight out of a postcard.

Put then a long, wide beach full of services for families, for those who love sports or even for those who want to go to the beach with the dog and already a bit ‘of good reasons to take a holiday in Caorle them there would.

But here I want to speak of casoni Caorle: if you’ve never heard of do not worry, I who live here close I had never visited, but a few days ago I recovered with a bike ride to the island of fishermen and now I can tell you many things about these buildings lagoon!

The Casoni of Caorle

The huts are typical buildings of the lagoon of Caorle: maybe I can find similar in other parts of Italy but these are the originals, a special feature of this area of ​​the Veneto.

The huts were the homes of fishermen over the winter were transferred here to fish in the calm waters of the lagoon avoiding venturing offshore braving bad weather and storms.

Formed by a wooden frame and covered with reeds are 100% environmentally friendly and made of materials at zero km. The original ones do not have windows or chimneys: the smoke that rises from the furnace located inside comes naturally from the cracks in the reeds of the ceiling also helping to create a waterproofing coating.

Them and the lagoon of Caorle spoke Hemingway in his book Across the river, the trees, where the writer tells of the Adriatic coast between Friuli and Veneto along which stayed during one of his trips.

Today fishing in Caorle not if they have been many, but in any case those were not even using the most lodges as a base for winter fishing: These buildings have lost their original function and have taken a whole new one.

Visit the island of Casoni

Today the huts are used for tourist to let visitors know the history of the city and the lagoon. For local (and for those lucky enough to have inherited one from a grandparent or uncle fisherman) the lodges are also perfect for enjoying peace and relaxation away from the busy beaches or to organize dinners and outings with friends, perhaps based on grilled fish freshly caught in the lagoon.

For those who are on holiday in Caorle visit the huts it is really simple.

The best way is to adopt a bike (you can bring from home, ask to borrow the hotel where you stay or rent one of the many bike rentals Caorle) and follow a route that runs along the seafront Trieste to Porto Falconera and, along a road with stones reserved for bicycles and pedestrians, reaches Isola dei Pescatori.

Below I have tried to recreate a map of the trail:

Along the cycle path you are immersed in the nature of the Venetian lagoon with extensive fields on the left and the first huts that overlook the canal emerge from the vegetation on the other side. Here and there the trees and shrubs become less dense so that the eyes can admire views of the Channel Nicesolo and, in addition to the channel strips of land that belong to the nature of Vallevecchia.

At the end of the road it is signposted the island of huts: you leave the bike and continue on foot passing one after another these great buildings of reeds with their sloping roofs seen through the green and channels.

We stop at the “big house original” is the big house of Raymond who is always happy to welcome visitors, let take a look inside and explain to those concerned all there is to know about these traditional buildings.

This big house is very recent: Raymond has built with his own hands after his located in another area of ​​the lagoon, caught fire and it no longer had permission to rebuild it. So he decided to recreate it next to your home, original, that is, in the way it was built in the past: no windows and the reeds that he collected in the lagoon and allowed to dry in the sun.

Inside the big house is hot, there is no smell of smoked for many meals cooked on stone hearth that scatters its fumes into the environment.

Raymond speaks enthusiastically of his time spent in the construction, traditions, how they once were the huts … It ‘always nice to listen to passionate people who tell their territory and their lives – which then often the two things coincide.

Before saying goodbye to Raymond and his wife greet the animals dell’aia: hens, chickens, ducks … Poultry that besides serving to support the family really like the children who come to visit here!

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