The sunset route
This is a scenic ring route, except for the short stretch of dam that leads to the lighthouse of Punta Sabbioni, called “Pagoda lighthouse” for its shape.
Starting from Punta Sabbioni and proceeding counter-clockwise, towards the mainland you will find a series of military structures, forts and telemetric towers conceived to control and defend the lagoon territory.
These structures form the “Forts Itinerary” circuit, a historic route connecting a dozen military buildings and fortifications built between the 19th and 20th centuries in Cavallino Treporti.
On the right the Venice Lagoon opens up: the island of Sant’Erasmo, the largest of the northern lagoon also known as the garden of the Serenissima, the works of the MoSE (the barrier for the protection of Venice and the lagoon against the damage caused by high water floods), up to the beautiful view of the sea.
Leaving the beach, you can immerse yourself in the pine grove of Punta Sabbioni and lose yourself among forest lanes and country roads, until getting to the hamlets of Ca’ Savio and Treporti.
Skirting the Saccagnana Canal and the S. Felice waterfront, you return towards Punta Sabbioni.
On the east coast of Cavallino Treporti, near Punta Sabbioni, you can admire Treporti Fort, also known as Old Fort.
Built between 1845 and 1851 by the Austrian Empire on the remains of a previous French fortification, it is one of the most important defensive works of the Lagoon, which allowed to control the entrance from the mouth of Punta Sabbioni.
The building covers an area of over 26.000 mq and includes a protective artificial moat and two telemetric towers dating back to the period of World War I.
Although it became an independent Municipality only in 1999, after a referendum calling for its separation from Venice, Cavallino Treporti has its historical roots in Roman times. The permanent exhibition “Fragments of the lagoon. Trade and everyday life between Roman and modern times”, hosted in the former nursery school of the hamlet of Lio Piccolo, gathers a series of archaeological evidence, rediscovered on the northern lagoon bed or on the terrain of Cavallino Treporti, that reconstruct the everyday life in these places, from agriculture to commercial shipping.