From Brenta to the lagoon
For those who love nature, wide open spaces and silence, here is this itinerary that starting from the river Naviglio del Brenta allows you to reach the “barene” in Giare.
The starting point is Piazza IX Martiri in Mira. Turn into Via Argine Sinistro del Nuovissimo, that runs parallel to the canal of the same name and continue along the next Via Ca’ Molin.
After passing the navigation lock that today hosts a small hydroelectric power station, turn left on Via Maestri del Lavoro and then right on Via I Maggio, arriving at the S.S. Romea.
If road conditions permit it, from the end of Via Ca’ Molin you can continue along Via Ca’ Nogara, which is partly unpaved, until you reconnect again with the S.S. Romea.
After crossing it, take Via Giare and follow it for about 2 kilometers until you reach Via Ca’ Nova.
At the end of Via Ca’ Nova you will reach the lagoon edge, from which there is a wide view of the lagoon and the “barene” (sandbars).
The dirt roads that branch off to the right and the left can be followed for some kilometers on the border of the basin, allowing your eyes to wander the panoramas of the Venetian lagoon.
For the way back you can either take the same route or choose a short detour. Continuing until the end of Via I° Maggio you reach the hamlet of Piazza Vecchia; then continue along Via XXV Aprile and Via Risorgimento until the roundabout near the park of Forte Poerio. Taking the street of the same name and the following Via Di Vittorio, you return to the Brenta riverbank that leads back to the starting point in Piazza IX Martiri.
Giare asparagus is one of the agro-food excellences of this territory.
The peculiarity of the soil composition of its production area, deep, sandy and loamy, is perfect for the growth of shoots regular in their shape and white due to the use of a film that capture sunlight.
Bundles can be recognized from their binding made of thin willow twigs called “stropei de selgaro”.
Along the route you can visit the area of Forte Poerio.
The fort was built between 1909 and 1912 and belonged to the series of state-of-the-art fortifications made of concrete and reinforced concrete. Actually, when completed, the building was already ineffective in relation to the weapons in use and was therefore converted into a stockpile of weapons and ammunition.
A public park with a children’s playground and picnic areas has been realized in the green area around the Fort.