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A look at Caorle




Càorle (Càorle in veneto, Cjàurlis (Cjàorle) in western friulano) is situated between the mouths of the river Livenza and Lemene, which overlooks the Adriatic Sea to the north east of the lagoon of Venice between tourist locations in Eraclea and Bibione.

The roots of Caorle sink in the I century B.C. (the name derives from the latin Caprulae, probably because of the wild goats that there grazing), as testified by several finds of the Roman era, as the Ara Licovia, sacrificial altar guarded now in the duomo, or the archaeological finds in the sea. However the city grows and becomes as important as the port of the nearby Concord, for its position at the mouth of the Lemene, particularly as a result of the barbarian invasions of the Huns, who drove many concordiesi from the inland to the coast; it was in that period, around the VI century, that Caorle became a bishopric. In the following centuries the fate of Caorle were linked to those of the Serenissima Republic; the city territory was part of Dogado, i.e. of the metropolitan territory, as well as original nucleus, the Republic. In the XIII and XIV centuries, because of the frequent invasions of the territory by the Trieste can and pirates, many families were forced to relocate to Venice; it was thus that Caorle began the descending parable, that accompanied him until the Napoleonic era, losing its importance compared to other cities of the Venetian Dogado. Insulation which became even more serious when, in 1379, the genoese landed on the island caprulana and while trying to conquer the territories of the Serenissima, devasted the entire city, obliging the bishops to leave the episcopal seat vacant. In the XVII century Caorle had its only outlet in the fluvial connection with harmony and Portogruaro; but this was also the time of the end of the Republic, for the hand of the Napoleonic troops; were to cease the ancient privileges on the waters, which had ensured subsistence to the city, and it prepared a long period of foreign domination.

In the nineteenth century, as all the Veneto, Caorle passed to Austria; the small town leaked, thus definitively its importance, being its economy is essentially based on fishing; must wait until the seventies because Caorle lathes to a most prosperous period, when is reoriented so impressive toward tourism. In 1818 is suppressed the diocese and the territory is annexd to the Patriarchate of Venice; so are also lost many of the popular traditions and religious, who had animated the life of the island in previous centuries. The XX century is also for Caorle the century of the great wars. In particular it ignites the lagoon life after the defeat of Caporetto, becoming a strategic territory for the front that fought on the Piave. In the last offensive of 1918 also the caorlotti you did honor. It is not by chance that one of the sections of the San Marco Battalion was called its "Battalion Caorle" and, together with the Battalion Bafile, played an important role in the battle of liberation on the Piave. During the second war, instead, serious was the weight of the german occupation, who came to threaten to flooding, for strategic reasons, the whole coast to a depth of 10 kilometers; the alarm came unexpectedly and still today the caorlotti, in memory of a vow made on 2 January 1944, attach the merit of this to the intercession of their Madonnina del Mare.

Of particular interest is the cathedral of 1038 (already cathedral and the Episcopal Seat until 1807) and the cylindrical bell tower and surmounted by a conical cusp, in romanesque style, of the same age. On the coast there is the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Angelo, rebuilt in the XVII century on a pre-existing church of basilican plan and restructured in 1944.

Caorle, unique on the Adriatic, is capable of reconciling the bathing season and a valuable historical center, with its multicolored houses distributed among calli and campielli; originally crossed by a network of artificial channels now buried (so-called Rio Terà) still gives the impression of walking through a small glimpse of Venice; in the heart of the city there is the fishing harbor, witness of the flourishing fishing activities and the last bastion of the network of canals that crossed the old island. In winter the city does not become empty, but continues to offer opportunities for tourists, with hotels and apartments for holiday open all the year and, in the historical center, the Christmas markets and an ice-skating rink to open from December to the first days of February (initiative launched with success from some year).

Municipality of Caorle
Province of Venice
Region Veneto

Population: 11.672 (8.815 in the village)
Altitude centre: 1 m a.s.l.

the Municipality is part of:
Veneto Region Historical Villages

Municipality of Caorle
Via Roma 26 - 30021 Caorle (VE)
Tel. 0421-219111

Caorle Touristic office
Rio Terrà delle Botteghe n. 3 - 30021 Caorle (VE)
Tel. 0421 81085

Pro Loco Caorle
Tel. +39 0421 83233

Recipe: Brodetto di Caorle, the treasures of the sea in the village of Caorle

It is so exquisite that it has received international recognition. Imaginative and fanciful, it changes its flavor according to the catch and every time it intrigues as it is at the first taste

Next or present Events

  • Fire of the Bell tower
    From 13-07-2019
    To 14-07-2019

    Add to calendar 2019-07-13 2019-07-14 Europe/Rome Fire of the Bell tower Every year, on the second Saturday and second Sunday of the month of July, the Procession of the Virgin of the Angel takes place and covers the historic town centre on foot. At the end, in Piazza Vescovado, there's the so-called Burning of the Bell Tower, a highly suggestive lights festival. Caorle

    Every year, on the second Saturday and second Sunday of the month of July, the Procession of the Virgin of the Angel takes place and covers the historic town centre on foot. At the end, in Piazza Vescovado, there's the so-called Burning of the Bell Tower, a highly suggestive lights festival.

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  • San Rocco
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-16 2019-08-16 Europe/Rome San Rocco Caorle

Past Events

  • Fish festival

    The appointment with the tradition will be proposed in Sacheta, the stretch of beach adjacent to the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Angelo.

  • Spetame che Rivo
    Spetame che Rivo

    Non-competitive race

  • Caorle Wonderland
    From 07-12-2018
    To 06-01-2018

  • The Great Carnival of Caorle
    From 07-02-2018
    To 25-02-2018

    It will be a rich program of Carnival also in Caorle.

  • From 31-03-2018
    To 02-04-2018

  • Caorle Film Festival
    From 26-04-2018
    To 28-04-2018

  • Italian Water Scooter Championship 2018
    From 19-05-2018
    To 20-05-2018

  • ScoglieraViva – final event

  • Fireworks Show

  • Fireworks Show

  • Sardee in Grea-gastronomic race

    The engines are heated on Friday evening, with a very special race in which 40 couples (20 of amateur chefs, 20 of professional chefs) compete in grilling sardines by the sea, which are then seasoned with maximum seven ingredients and serve according to the inspiration Of the moment! A jury of experts led by the gourmet journalist Fabrizio Nonis rewards the first three classified for both categories, in a playful atmosphere that contamines everyone!

  • Fish Festival
    From 15-09-2018
    To 23-09-2018

    Cooked by the fishermen, fried or grilled with polenta, the fresh fish is the beloved protagonist of the feast.

Other Events

  • Weekly Market: every saturday, in Via Aldo Moro;