This influence can be seen in the historic centre, dominated by a cylindrical bell tower and a Romanesque cathedral from 1038. One of Caorle's many attractions is its sandy beaches, extending for fifteen kilometres along the upper Adriatic coast, offering fun and relaxation to an ever growing number of tourists. But Caorle is much more than sun, sea and sand. It's also a port town, a fishing town, and a sport town, which makes it a great destination all summer long. You can explore the city and its surrounding valleys thanks to our holiday offers to Caorle.
Just an hour from Venice, Caorle has all the charm of a seaside village, with its small squares and lanes winding round the historic port on one side and the open sea on the other. One of its beauties is the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Angelo. The historic centre of the city separates two main beaches, eastern and western, while the two main tourist centres are the Port of Santa Margherita and Duna Verde.
The former is a large artificial harbour with 500 boat slips. Catering to boating sports, over the years it has become renowned all over Europe as a spot for sailing races. Dune Verde is a recently built green space along the Caorle seashore, surrounded by large resorts with swimming pools, tennis courts and a 16-hole golf course. Another place well worth visiting is Brussa, which is the entryway to Vallevecchia and the Caorle lagoon, unique sites along the upper Adriatic coast.
The nature in this area is an important part of the region's heritage. The lagoon, which time has transformed into a fishing valley, is still home to traditional casòni, or fishermen's huts, built out of wood and marsh reed. American author Ernest Hemingway was known to frequent this place, and is said to have found inspiration here for his book "Across the River and into the Trees", giving an exceptional description of this Venetian lagoon in winter.
Another draw for tourists is the rich schedule of cultural events on offer all year round. One of the many events is the biannual Scogliera Viva, an open-air sculpture gallery created by artists from all over the world, who gather here in June for an international symposium. In May, poets and writers come together for the Flussi Diversi, while in September there's the Street Theatre Festival and the traditional Fish Festival. There are plenty of other events throughout the year: from the cathedral concert season to the jazz festival in April, from cabaret to sports at the local stadium and the PalaMare. Entertainment on the water includes sailing races and rowing competitions.
In terms of gastronomy, Caorle boasts great Adriatic cuisine. Traditional dishes stem from ancient fishermen's recipes and are always accompanied by steaming polenta or grilled meats, one fine example being the "Broéto caorlotto", fishermen's soup cooked during the long fishing season in the lagoon. Another typical dish is "sardèe in saòr", fried sardines macerated with oil, fried onions, salt and vinegar. Of course there are the classics as well, like spaghetti with clams, mussels or lobster and rice with seafood, squid ink, eel or shrimp.
Caorle also has an interesting variegated inland, spreading across residential areas like the modern hamlet of San Giorgio di Livenza, to ecological conservation sites like the hamlets of Villaviera, Castello di Brussa and Brussa. Ca'Corniani and Ca'Cottoni are rural hamlets with fascinating history, founded during the reclamation period in the early 1800s. Ca'Corniani in particular is worth a visit, with its two courtyards showcasing the interesting rural Venetian architectural style, and its prestigious cantina that produces and ages excellent wines. Another interesting hamlet is San Gaetano, land of the noble Franchetti family, who founded a large agricultural business here. If you don't manage to see everything in one weekend, don't worry. Our last minute holiday offers to Caorle are endless.