What to see in Caorle

Caorle, a small town in Veneto that overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is located near Venice. Its centuries-old history is increasingly linked to the sea.

Caorle is a town of Roman origin, with a historic center full of monuments that overlook long beaches washed by the waters of the Adriatic Sea. The lagoon, rich in vegetation, has over the centuries increased its reputation as a holiday destination in competition with the city of Venice. It is these very characteristics that have earned it the nickname “Miniature Venice.”

Although its territory is not composed of islands like Venice, walking through its streets breathes a dreamy atmosphere that is difficult to find in other Italian cities. The beauties of the landscape, its sea, and the nearby countryside have also captured the heart of Ernest Hemingway, who spent a long holiday here.

Caorle, cultural proposals

In the city center, it is interesting to admire the various influences that have shaped the town over the centuries. The various ethnic groups that settled in this town brought a series of changes that have enriched the city with interesting cultural attractions waiting to be visited.

Although the damage during wars and clashes with the maritime republic of Venice was significant, the inhabitants of this Venetian town have always rolled up their sleeves and rebuilt everything.

Caorle Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santo Stefano, located on the beautiful Piazza Vescovado, is one of the oldest monuments in the city. Its imposing cylindrical bell tower has been a guardian that has always watched over the heart of the city over the centuries. Built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica destroyed during barbarian invasions, the Cathedral has undergone the influences and architectural tastes of various bishops. Some of them even chose this place as their burial site.

Inside its naves, you can admire frescoes and paintings from the 14th century that adorn the altars and walls of this work of art erected to worship God. The large 15th-century crucifix above the main altar is one of the most valuable pieces, along with the Pala d’Oro. Among gold and silver ornaments, invaluable paintings, and rare statues, you can stop in this Cathedral to pray and nourish your soul.

Scogliera Viva

After visiting the center of Caorle, Scogliera Viva is one of the most interesting attractions for those who love walking along the sea and breathing the air rich in sea salts. The rocks that make up the barrier protecting Caorle from the waters of the Adriatic Sea have since 1992 become a continuously evolving work of art. Treviso sculptor Sergio Longo started that year to carve the rocks and give them a new form inspired by the inhabitants of the sea. The first figures, Neptune and a beautiful nymph, were immediately welcomed by the residents of Caorle, who the following year established the international prize “Scogliera Viva” and invited internationally renowned artists to make this work unique in every way.

From a simple barrier of trachyte rocks, the scogliera has become an open-air museum that every year leads many tourists to discover a sea of indescribable beauty. La Natura che Scompare by Miguel Miranda, Il Bacio by Sergio Pacco, and Metempsicosi by Pablo Atchugarry are among the most famous works in this museum, which is enriched every year by new admirers and artists ready to give their feelings and creativity to beautify the scogliera.

The Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Angelo

At the end of the walk that leads you to discover Scogliera Viva, you will find this sanctuary, built by the inhabitants of Caorle to protect the city and its inhabitants. The place where many miracles are said to have occurred now rises above the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea to welcome the many tourists who pass through and choose to spend a holiday in one of the hotels in Caorle.

Over the centuries, due to its proximity to the sea, this small church has undergone significant damage and reconstructions that have changed and almost made its original form unrecognizable. The last reconstruction, which took place in 1751, gave it its current form. A single nave with a sloping roof and a central rose window are the distinguishing features. The frescoes on its walls, beautifully restored, and the many relics preserved in its display cases make it one of the main attractions for those interested in visiting all the sights of Caorle.