Of the several ancient cities of Veneto, Caorle, with its seafront and the various rural landscapes, is surely the most suggestive. Of clear Roman origins, the town takes its name from the past, Caprulae in fact, the ancient name of Caorle, means more or less island inhabited by goats; it is not excluded, however, the possibility that it was the cult of the pagan goddess Capris, in force when the town was founded, to pay him this name, which is still remembered by many.
The main feature of Caorle is certainly the “living reef” whose rocks that compose it are sculpted and decorated very carefully by artists from all over the world, great masters who gather in July to give life to their wonderful works. This “natural” art runs all along the seafront creating a wonderful effect standing out against the clear sea behind it. All this is crowned by the presence of the splendid Church of the Madonna dell’Angelo, a small church that has dominated this small cultural landscape for centuries. The living reef has therefore become the symbol of Caorle and the favorite destination of most tourists who come to the town specifically to admire such breathtaking spectacles.
The bell tower
Next to the Cathedral stands the imposing bell tower built in 1070 and 48 meters high. It, built in the same style, shows how important was the Roman influence of the time, moreover the bell tower is often the site, in the summer season, of fireworks shows. Staying on the subject of Venetian beauties, how not to mention the interlacement of calli that extends in the historical center of the town. In Rio Terrà calli and campielli seem to almost embrace those stores that arise just where once there were only canals. Caorle in fact at the beginning was a small island crossed by canals that over time have been buried (hence the name Rio Terrà, or Rio buried) thus forming the space needed to build houses, structures and then a larger historic center in step with the times.
To complete a work already magnificent in itself, we add a pleasant sea and a spectacular beach that according to many would represent the most beautiful and welcoming sea in the whole Veneto. Caorle can therefore boast of an immense heritage that extends in every place and in every structure of its territory and that contributes to make this place a special meeting between culture, charm and fun. It therefore represents a precious and rare place to find, becoming one of the first places in the north-east to visit if you want to rediscover the subtle pleasure of art.