There is a place in Veneto, north of Cavallino Treporti, so verdant and unspoiled that nature acts as mistress and time seems to have stopped. We are talking about Lio Piccolo, a unique environment in the world for landscape, wealth of ecosystems and local traditions.
But what makes it special is not just its history: it is the oldest settlement in the area and is surrounded by “valleys”, lagoon areas that have been used as fishing grounds since the year 1000. If you look hard, you may have the opportunity and luck to notice them.
Affectionate, elegant, beautiful: they are pink flamingos, which look at their reflections in the lagoon and brackish waters of this natural oasis. But beware, because with only one beat of wings they move easily from one end to the other in the lagoon in search of appetizing snacks!
If you have the chance, we strongly recommend that you visit Lio Piccolo by bike, letting the sound of hawks, seagulls, coots and herons accompany your trip.
Lio Piccolo: naturalistic riding on a bike saddle
Biking through Ca’ Savio, famous for its natural dunes and for the wood that degrades to the sea, you can cross the Pordelio canal and finally visit Treporti village, crossing the barrens and Venetian canals until you reach Piazza del Prà.
Arriving at Lio Piccolo, which is a fraction of just 500 inhabitants, you will be welcomed by its tiny center consisting of a small square, a small church and an Armenian-style bell tower. Everything is small and human-sized…in fact it’s no coincidence that the village is called so! What I find beautiful is that as soon as you leave the center of Lio Piccolo you immerse into its unspoilt nature, wrapped in a quiet calm interrupted only by the patter of your footsteps.
In short, if you are in the area of Cavallino Treporti, you must organize a trip to Lio Piccolo, maybe on a bike saddle. Be sure not to forget the camera! Maybe, who knows, you’ll be lucky too and catch the fabulous pink flamingos!
Would you like to discover other naturalistic experiences to do in the Veneto? Go to the dedicated page!