Art and the sun
Culture and relaxation: a summer tour which alternates between historical cities and the sun, beaches, nature and thermal spas which Bibione offers.
Generally we recommend a visit to the cities during mid-season to profit from the warm climate, though we are aware that not everyone can take an appropriate number of days holiday during the spring or autumn: hence this solution which permits two holidays in one, alternating cultural stimulation with reinvigoration, a beach holiday with cultural tourism.
An ideal package for all the family.
FIRST, THIRD, FIFTH and SEVENTH DAY
Bibione and Bibione Thermae
Bibione is a magnificent seaside location, a recent addition to the tourist scene lying a few steps from the cultural locations of the shoreline and the Adriatic mainland. Its shoreline extends for 8km and the waters reach a depth of 450 m.
Bibione offers a multitude of sports, owing to the premium facilities available: from sailing to horse riding, from tennis to minigolf, jogging to beach volleyball.
Suggested visits around the area are: the Valle Grande, an expanse of lagoon which gives unprecidented views, with the nearby splendid Villa Marittima of the Roman epoch.
Also on offer is a top quality health and beauty centre, thanks to the recent discovery of a valuable thermal basin which gave rise to Bibione Thermae, furnished with every latest advance in beauty and health treatment:
thermal pools, grottoes, gymnasiums, saunas, hydromassage facilities and many others, with personal medical specialists, all in a setting overlooking the sea.
“Venezia la Signora” is our first cultural stop on our tour along the summer coast. Venice is the most loved city in all the world, unique for its beauty and magic in its suggestion. 1500 years of history moulded into a city which opens onto other worlds: here emotion is guaranteed.
Whoever sets foot here brings this city into their own heart and holds it forever. One can never tire of looking at Venice, because one lives Venice. Its origins date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, with the city quickly assuming its own unique identity based on its peculiar geographical environment.
Strong ties with the Byzantine Empire produced a style of art and architecture combining eastern and western elements in perfect harmony, which gradually became known as “Venetian”.
Thanks to its commercial and military determination Venice today boasts an unrivalled artistic heritage. There are in fact so many things to see in Venice, a city where every corner reveals a masterpiece of beauty and history.
From those marvels our tour offers:
Piazza San Marco, with the Duomo, campanile and clocktower ,the Gothic-style Doge’s Palace, former residence of the rulers of the Republic, the Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove, the Rialto bridge with its arches full of shops, the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, and the magical architecture of some of the most beautiful palazzi on the Grand Canal (Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Vendramin Calergi). We continue with a visit to one of the the most important museums and art galleries such as the Accademia.
Not forgetting of course shopping in the most exclusive boutiques, a drink at Harry’s Bar, and a taste of the finest fish-based cuisine.
After refreshing ourselves with a splendid day in the sun on the beach at Bibione, we move on to admire another jewel of the Veneto, a city which has much in common with Venice in emotional terms.
The historic town centre spreads out around the Via Terrà, a street full of shops and cafès.
Losing oneself on a walk through the unique atmosphere narrow lanes and streets lined with brightly-painted houses, “campielli” (small squares) with restaurants and bars is a highly-recommended pleasure, finally arriving at the cliffs which culminate at the east in the sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Angelo.
The great open-air attraction of the town is undoubtably the Piazza Vescovado, from which the Cathedral of Santo Stefano rises in all its grandeur, next to this is the splendid cylindrical campanile with its conical peak, a symbol of Caorle.
Concordia Sagittaria and Portogruaro
CONCORDIA SAGITTARIA. We move inland of the Adriatic coast, to a zone which contains some of the greatest historical testimony of the Imperial and Paleovenetian epochs of the entire region of the Veneto.
Julia Concordia derives its name from the Latin sagittae – “arrows” - as it became a centre for the production of arrows. It was founded in 42 B.C. as a centre for war veterans, but also for its usefulness as a defensive position.
Today it is a peaceful centre dedicated to agriculture and crafts known as Concordia Sagittaria, and has become a highly-prestigious artistic centre.
As well as the Roman vestiges of the thermal baths and amphitheatre, and the remains on display in the Archaeological Museum, the city offers a host of unmissable open-air attractions such as the cathedral of Santo Stefano, built over the 4th century Basilica Apostolorum Magnum, itself built over a Roman house.
PORTOGRUARO. We must tear ourselves away from the charms of Caorle to move on to Portogruaro, a nearby historical city which oozes with history and elegance, known also as the “City of the Porticoes”.
The city’s emergence dates back to 1140, and later in the 13th century the city walls were erected, and the church, the loggia of the comune, and the castle were built.
Portogruaro quickly became a busy river port, intensifying its activity further when it passed under the auspices of the Venetian Empire in 1420, from which time it suffered various fortunes. . During this period the parallel porticoes, Renaisssance palazzi, commerce centre and a good part of today’s face of the city sprang up.
The oldest part of the spirit of Portogruaro is that represented by the Palazzo della Loggia, originating in the 1200s: a splendid edifice of latticework and Ghibilline crenellation with a double row of windows.
Behind the loggia there are the ancient fish market and two mills also dating from the 15th century. Also deserving a visit are the Villa Comunale, the Duomo with its Romanesque campanile and works by Palma il Giovane, and the Museo Nazionale Concordiese.
The last leg on our journey alternating between culture and relaxation, a breath of fresh and hearty air amidst the hills of the Marca Trevigiana, offering the possibility to sample the freshness of the local glory: Prosecco wine.
The cultural visitor to this historic city is drawn to the main street Via XX Settembre, moving among the porticoes and ancient palazzi with their Gothic-venetian frescoes.
The greatest artwork is surely the alterpiece of the “Madonna with Child and Saints” (1493) of Cima da Conegliano in the Duomo, and opposite this lies the Scuola dei Battuti, which takes its name from the practise of self-flagellation among the brotherhood (battere = to beat).
We also pay a visit to the Casa di Cima and the Gardens of the Castelvecchio, where the Museum of Local history is found, and the fortress and its fascinating ruins, witnesses to its remote past.
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