the allure of history, traditions and the environment
With its source in Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia, it reaches Jesolo in the locality of Cortellazzo after a journey of more than 230 km, crossing three provinces: those of Belluno, Treviso and Venice. The river brings with it historical anecdotes, environmental beauty and glimpses of enviable landscapes. The river Piave flows into the Adriatic Sea with all of its might, lending for a unique atmosphere. The river’s course separates Jesolo from nearby Eraclea, flowing into the splendid Laguna del Mort.
It is known as the Sacred River of the homeland, due to the battles that took place on its banks that were considered to be an important strategic line. During the First World War, the Piave was the scene of numerous military episodes, one of which was in Cortellazzo: on 16th of November, 1917. Countless legends, town festivals and popular traditions that are still celebrated today have been dedicated to the river. Even a piece of music, “La Canzone del Piave” by Giovanni Gaeta: probably one of the most well-known lyrics of the First World War.
However, the Piave is also known for its nature and scents of the river that combine with the essence of the sea. Nearby the river’s mouth, you can still admire today, as once before, the work of the fishermen with their boats and traditional scales. An area that has a great impact on the landscape, and which offers enchanting views from sunrise to sunset. Also admirable by bicycle, thanks to the magic of the Bim Basso Piave route
Biodiversity of the mouth of the river Piave
by Michele Zanetti | Naturalist, divulger and writer
The mouth of the Piave is characterised by an environment of great natural interest, formed by a mosaic of habitats that host a rich and highly specialized biodiversity.
Amongst the sandy dunes that surround the river’s mouth, the coexistence of Alpine and Mediterranean plants can be observed. On the fossilised dunes of Cortellazzo pine-wood, for example, the alpine orchid Gymnadenia conopsea can be seen, whilst in Gaggia pine-wood, amongst the dunes of the opposite banks of the river, the Neottia nidus-avis orchid thrives, typical of mountainous beechwoods. Furthermore, the beautiful beach morning glory (Calystegia soldanella), can be seen flowering upon the coastal dunes.
Many species of marine fish live in the waters of the estuary, such as the garfish or sea needle (Belone belone), whilst it is also incredibly rich in avifauna, including diving birds that feed on fish, such as the great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) and waders, such as the Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), which has settled here over the last decade.