San Francesco del Deserto

Located in the lagoon of Venice, at short distance from the island of Burano and Sant’Erasmo, San Francesco del Deserto is a small and peaceful island, home of a Franciscan Monastery founded in 1230. The island is surrounded by sand banks and cypresses and is accessible only by private transport or taxi: it is the ideal place for an historical-religious visit far from the tourist routes, but also to enjoy the peace and tranquility that San Francesco del Deserto offers.

San Francesco del Deserto

The origins

The origins of this island date back to Roman times, but the Franciscan story begins in 1220, when Francesco d’Assisi, returning from the East, stayed there in retreat for a short time. At that time the island was called “Isola delle Due Vigne” and was owned by the Venetian nobleman Jacopo Michiel, who donated it to the Franciscan Order in 1233. Since this moment the island was renamed “Isola di San Francesco” and the suffix “del Deserto” (of the Desert) was applied in the XV century, when the island was abandoned for a short period because of diseases and malaria, which spread in these areas.

San Francesco del Deserto - isola del Deserto

Visiting the island

When you get off in San Francesco del Deserto, you will see a wooden cross and a cobblestone road that leads to the monastery, even today active. Once you arrive at the entrance, ring the bell and you will be welcomed by a monk, who will accompany you during your visit. In the monastery you will see two cloisters: the first partially destroyed by Napoleon’s troops and rebuilt by the Franciscans in the second half of XIX century, dates back to the XIII century, instead the second cloister dates back to the XV century. The Church of the island was erected in 1401 over the ancient Byzantine church. During your visit on the island you will also have the chance to take a look at the garden full of trees and flowers, where the friars raise some animals and cultivate the ground: there two wonderful terraces will allow you to admire the Venice lagoon and offer a breathtaking view towards the island of Burano.

San Francesco del Deserto - O beata Solitudo

Getting to San Francesco del Deserto

The easiest and cheapest way to get to San Francesco del Deserto is to go to Burano. From the campsite, go to Treporti (3,5 km). There take ACTV waterbus (line 12) to Burano (15-20 mins). In Burano, because there are no public transports to San Francesco del Deserto, take a water taxi or a private boat that links Burano to San Francesco del Deserto. We suggest you to keep in touch in advance with Laguna Fla Group and book your transfer. Please note that the service is held with reservations required and with a minimum of 4 passengers. The price for a return ticket (line B Burano-San Francesco del Deserto) is about 10€.

Opening times

You can visit the island every day (except on Monday) for a couple of hours in the morning and in the afternoon. Visits are not admitted on September 17 (Feast of St. Francis’s Stigmata) and on October 04 (Feast of St. Francis). The visit is guided by a Franciscan (free offer). For more details or updated information about opening times please visit http://www.sanfrancescodeldeserto.it/accoglienza.html

 

Events in September

Even September is a month full of events here in Cavallino-Treporti or in the surroundings!

Venice International Film Festival

As in the last 75 years at the beginning of September, Venice hosts the International Film Festival. The island of Lido will dress up for the occasion and many famous people will visit the city to join the festival. If you love movies, you cannot miss the festival from August 29 to September 8!

Grape Festival

On September 1 the traditional festival dedicated to grape will take place in via Francesco Baracca (Cavallino). Food stands, music, dances will entertain you from 19:00.

Festa dell'uva Cavallino treporti

Historical Regatta

On September 2 the Historical Regatta will enthrall thousands of viewers starting at 16:00. The 4 races will be preceded by a spectacular historical water pageant made of 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume. Don’t miss the chance to admire the water parade and support the teams during the boat races!

Regata Storica Venezia

Regata Storica Venezia

Jujube Festival

One of the typical fruit of Cavallino-Treporti, the jujube, will be celebrated on September 16 in Lio Piccolo starting from 09:00.

giuggiola di Cavallino

La giuggiola di Cavallino

Tintoretto paintings at Doge’s Palace and Accademia Gallery

From September 7 to January 6, the Doge’s Apartment will host around seventy paintings by Tintoretto, one of the most important painters of the XVI century, who has decorated many palaces and churches of the city with its extraordinary expressive talent. Also the Accademia Gallery will celebrate Tintoretto with paintings dating back to the painter’s youth.

Jesolo Air show

The most awaited aeronautical event of the year, that attracts more than half a million spectators on the beach of Jesolo, will take place on Sunday 9. Get a place on the beach in front of Brescia Square and admire the Italian Air Force and other air force aircrafts for a 3 hours performance, that will leave you breathless.

Frecce Tricolori Jesolo

We wait for you all to enjoy an amazing September full of great events!

Numbers of Venice

Many guests during their holidays in Ca’Savio ask us about Venice. The most part of them wants to know more about the city and its numbers. How big is the city? How many bridges and islands are there? How are the roads called in Venice? And we could go on and on… So, if you are curious to know our answers, read on our blog!

Venice covers an area of about 400 km² and it is built on 120 islands connected by 391 bridges.

Only 4 bridges cross the Grand Canal (the biggest canal in Venice):

  • Scalzi Bridge (located close to Santa Lucia railway station)
  • Accademia Bridge (the wooden bridge that links the sestiere of Dorsoduro and San Marco)
  • Rialto Bridge (the most popular bridge in Venice)
  • Costituzione Bridge (designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2007).
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Ponte di Rialto

Until 1933 Venice was connected to the mainland only by a railway bridge built in 1846 under the Austrian domination. Today Ponte della Libertà (Freedom bridge) give us the possibility to reach the city also by car or bicycle.

Ponte della Libertà Venezia

Ponte della Libertà

Among the many bridges of Venice, there are some notable because their peculiar name or feature:

  • Ponte delle Tette (Tits bridge), located in the former red light district between the district of San Polo and Santa Croce, it is so called because prostitutes used to attract customers by appearing there in topless
  • Ponte dei Pugni (Punches), where once violent challenges were held. The bridge is located in the district of Dorsoduro
  • Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) connects the Doge’s Palace with the Prisons. Its name alludes to the sighs of the convicts who could see Venice for the last time through its windows
  • In Cannaregio you can see three peculiar bridges: the only one with spires (Ponte delle Guglie), the only one left with three arches (Ponte dei Tre Archi) and Ponte del Chiodo (Nail) famous because it has no parapet.

In Venice there are about 400 canals, but their name is “rii”. The true canals (navigable by a big boat) are only 3:

  • Grand Canal
  • Cannaregio Canal
  • Giudecca Canal.
Canale della Giudecca Venezia

Canale della Giudecca

Venice is divided into 6 different sestieri. They are: San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and Castello. The house numbering is unique for each sestiere and numbers don’t stop at the end of a street, but they continue throughout the entire sestiere. That’s why you see houses with giant numbers!

Sestrieri di Venezia - map

Walking around the city you will find many squares of different sizes. Actually there is only one square in Venice, Piazza San Marco, the rest of them are called “campi” (small squares that once were fields), “campielli” (very tiny squares) and “corti” (small squares located inside a residential complex). Here some numbers:

  • 135 campi (the biggest are Campo Santa Margherita, Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Campo San Polo)
  • 196 campielli
  • 380 corti.
Campo dei Gesuiti

Campo dei Gesuiti

And what about the strange names of Venetian streets? Here the streets are dedicated to churches, famous people or artisan guild of the area, but they are not called street, because there is just only one street in Venice, called Strada Nuova, located in Cannaregio district. Here streets are called “calli” (narrow and log streets), “rami” (smaller streets connceting bigger streets), “rio terà” (buried canals), “salizade” (the first paved streets), “rughe” (streets lined with shops) and “liste” (streets where white stones in the pavement marked the limit of the diplomatic immunity in front of an ambassador palace. The most famous is Lista di Spagna). In Venice there are:

  • 3000 calli
  • 367 rami
  • 53 rio terà
  • 42 salizade
  • 10 rughe.
Calle dei Boteri - Venezia

Calle dei Boteri – Venezia

Now you know more about Venice numbers. Ready to leave and discover all of them?

May Events in Venice

There are so many opportunities to enjoy Venice in May, a lot of smaller events around… but – for now – we give you 3 dates not to be missed for their historical and international relevance.

May 13 – Feast of the Ascension

One of the most beloved feasts in Venice, “Festa della Sensa”, will take place this year on May 13. During this feast tourists can relive the age-old history of the Serenissima Republic and its intimate relationship with the Sea and the rowing. Do not miss today the ceremony of the “Wedding with the Sea” in front of the Church of S. Nicolò del Lido and the many regattas in the basin of San Marco, where the typical Venetian rowing boats challenge.

Festa della Sensa – ph. credits Veneziaunica

May 20 – Vogalonga

If you are a sportsman and you love Venice, the Vogalonga, a 30km paddling/rowing race, is the right competition for you! It is not a competitive race, but every year more than thousand boats participate in it, because the chance to row through the city of Venice and the lagoon up to Burano. A wondwerful experience to try at least once in your life!

Vogalonga - Venezia

Vogalonga – Venezia

May 26 – International Architecture Exhibition

From May 26 to November 25 the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled “Freespace” will take place in Venice in the Giardini and Arsenale. A great opportunity to admire innovative works of art in a wonderful location!

Enjoy and stay tuned for other events!

 

Events of April 2018

Are you one of the first guests who will visit us this year? Wonderful! We are working hard to make sure everything is ready when you arrive.

While you wait, take a look here for our tips about events and exhibitions you cannot miss during your stay at Ca’Savio in the month of April 2018!

Enjoy the mild weather of April and visit Venice: except on Easter time or on the occasion of the Feast of St Mark (April 25), Venice is not too much crowded and you will have the chance to admire its beauty with calm. You can easily drive to Punta Sabbioni (far from the campsite only 3 km), park your car there and take the boat to Venice or to the islands of the lagoon Burano, Murano and Torcello. If you prefer not to drive, you can take the bus to the harbour after a 10 minutes walk up to the center of the village of Ca’Savio.

If you love Renaissance painting, a must is a stop at the Querini Stampalia Foundation: from March 21 the two “Presentation at the Temple”, masterpieces in the universal history of art , one by Giovanni Bellini and the other by Andrea Mantegna are compared in a great exhibition located in one of the most important House Museum in the world.

In Cavallino, located at a short distance from the campsite, you will find the Vettor Pisani Battery, an ancient military building erected from 1902 to 1912. The fortification is made up of a central body on a single level of more than 80 metres long. Two parallel tunnel lead to the telemetry turrets and to the two long side wings. The battery has been restored and opened last year and worth for sure a visit!

Batteria Pisani a Ca' Savio

Batteria Pisani in Ca’ Savio

Moreover, just at the end of the month, on April 30, will start the 48th “Festa dea Sparesea” (Asparagus Feast) in city center of Cavallino. From 05.00 p.m. “spritz corner”, food stands and concerts will entertain you also the day after on May 1.

More to do nearby the campsite? Every week you can visit the weekly markets in Cavallino (on Tuesdays), Treporti (on Thursdays) and in Jesolo (on Fridays).

In Jesolo, we suggest you also to visit the exhibition “Egypt” where you can admire unique finds from the biggest Italian and international museums, scenographic reconstructions and reproductions on a 1: 1 scale.

The entrance ticket for this exhibition, allows you to enter also at the nearby Tropicarium Park, that holds about 1000 specimens of animals. Do you have young kids? No problem! Fun is guaranteed also for them: you can entertain them for a couple of hours at the Sealife Aquarium in Jesolo!

 

Happy Birthday Venice!

Venice is loved by many, but few know when it was founded and the reason why.
First of all we must tell that the city does not have a precise date for its foundation. It’s hard to provide the precise date not even the year: so many events occurred and gradually led to the settlement of the Venetian islands.
We know that in 421 A.D. when the Ostrogoths spread throughout Europe and were reaching northern Italy, the Holy Roman Empire decided to build a new settlement to protect the population from their advance. Venice born on that occasion, probably on March 25, when the first dwellings were erected in the area of Rialto to gather people of Friuli and Veneto.
The city was a safe place for those people forced to flee to the lagoon by the Barbarians, but it represented also the perfect location to erect a new seaport on the northern shores of the Adriatic after the cover-up of the port of Altino.
Thus began the history of Venice, born as a simple city to host the populations threatened by the barbarians and later became the dominator of the Mediterranean.

San Giacomo di Rialto

San Giacomo di Rialto: according to tradition, this is the oldest church in the city, supposedly consecrated in the year 421.

Top Events in Venice – Summer 2018

Are you planning a quick break at Ca’Savio in low season or a longer stay during the summertime? Well done! Some top events are already scheduled for 2018 you cannot miss during your holiday. Read on and discover them all!

April 25 – St. Mark, patron saint of Venice
On April 25 Venice celebrates St. Mark, patron saint of the city. On this day a procession, attended by the religious and civil authorities of the city, takes place in St. Mark’s Basilica. If you are in Venice today you cannot miss to visit the Basilica but also get the chance to admire the beautiful “Pala d’Oro” covered with precious stones and placed behind the high altar. Outside the Basilica, on St. Mark Square you will find many stalls to buy the rosebud (in Venetian “bocolo”) to give to your beloved as every Venetian does on this occasion.

May 13 – Feast of the Ascension
One of the most beloved feasts in Venice, “Festa della Sensa”, will take place this year on May 13. During this feast tourists can relive the age-old history of the Serenissima Republic and its intimate relationship with the Sea and the rowing. Do not miss today the ceremony of the “Wedding with the Sea” in front of the Church of S. Nicolò del Lido and the many regattas in the basin of San Marco, where the typical Venetian rowing boats challenge.

Francesco Guardi, Partenza del Bucintoro per san Nicolò di Lido il giorno dell’Ascensione

May 20 – Vogalonga
If you are a sportsman and you love Venice, the Vogalonga, a 30km paddling/rowing race, is the right competition for you! It is not a competitive race, but every year more than thousand boats participate in it, because the chance to row through the city of Venice and the lagoon up to Burano. A wondwerful experience to try at least once in your life!

Vogalonga

May 26 – International Architecture Exhibition
From May 26 to November 25 the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled “Freespace” will take place in Venice in the Giardini and Arsenale. A great opportunity to admire innovative works of art in a wonderful location!

May 26 – Moonlight Marathon
The Moonlight Marathon, one of most beloved sport events of the surroundings, will take place on the evening of May 26 from the municipality of Jesolo. Get the chance to run at the sunset for 21km or 10km along the amazing Venetian lagoon…

moonlight half marathon cavallino

the Moonlight Half Marathon

June 21 – Sand & Sound
On June 21, the day of the summer solstice, the municipality of Cavallino-Treporti celebrates the beginning of summer with the event “Sand & Sound”. This event takes place on the occasion of European music festival along the 13 km of the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti, where you will find more than 20 emplacements of live music.

Sand and Sound-cavallino

Sand and Sound-cavallino

July 14 – Redentore Feast
The Redentore Feast is one of the most popular and beloved feasts of Venice, that combines religion with entertainment. On Saturday July 14 a breathtaking fireworks display in the inimitable location of St. Mark’s Basin will lit up the sky of Venice with wonderful colours and game of light.

Redentore Venezia

August 25 – Beach on Fire
Also the 13 km of the Cavallino-Treporti beach will be lit up by thousands of fireworks launched simultaneously from ten stations located on the coastline. This is the Beach on Fire, one of the most important events of our municipality, that has astonished more than 200,000 spectators for morehttps://www.casavio.com/en/surroundings/venice-and-lagoon/venice.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=blog than ten years.

September 2 – Historical Regatta
The Historical Regatta, the main event in the annual Venetian rowing calendar, takes place every first Sunday of September. Leave early to Venice and get a place along the Grand Canal: from 4:00 p.m. you can admire, first the wonderful historical water pageant parade and then traditional rowing boats regattas!

Drink and eat as a Venetian!

Another way to discover Venice is savoring its cuisine. Maybe you prefer a quick break and not stop in a restaurant for a long time, but for sure you will find a lot of delicacies, that will make you fall in love!

Taste the typical Venetian “cicchetti” or the “tramezzini”, small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie). Common cicchetti include tiny sandwiches, olives or other vegetables, halved hard boiled eggs, small servings of a combination of one or more of seafood, meat and vegetable ingredients laid on top of a slice of bread, instead tramezzini consist in handmade sandwiches with vegetables, meat or fish.

cicchetti venezia

Normally Venetians accompany cicchetti or tramezzini with a glas of wine or a spriz, the classic Venetian aperitif, a mix of white wine, Aperol (sweeter) or Bitter Campari and Select (bitterer) and a squirt of seltz or Sparkling mineral water.

spritz venezia

Ready to eat as a local? Take a look here at our suggestions!

  • Il Paradiso Perduto – Fondamenta della Misericordia, 2540
  • Cicheteria Venexiana – Ponte delle Guglie
  • Osteria Al Timon – Fondamenta degli Ormesini
  • Osteria I Rusteghi – Campiello del Tentor – San Marco
  • Bacarando – Calle dell’Orso – San Polo
  • Cantina Do Mori – San Polo 429
  • Aciugheta – Campo San Filippo e Giacomo, 4357
  • Al Bocon di Vino – Campo Santa Margherita, 2978
  • Bacareto da Lele (Campo dei Tolentini) Santa Croce, 183.

Are you greedy? Enter in one of the many confectioner’s shops of the city and taste the typical Venetian sweets or enjoy a delicious handmade ice cream comfortably seated in an ice cream shop or even walking!

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Events in September

September is not a boring month here in Ca’Savio and the low season has not yet arrived! Great events wait for you! Read on our blog and discover them!

Historical Regatta in Venice

The Regata Storica (Historical Regatta) is one of the main events in Venice. This year it will take place on September 3, when as usual there will be the spectacular historical water parade of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume and the rowing boats races. If you have the chance to attend this show, don’t miss it!

Regata Storica – Venezia

74th Venice International Film Festival

Founded in 1932 and organised by La Biennale di Venezia, it is the oldest film festival in the world. It takes place every year on the Lido di Venezia and welcomes Italian and international guests, actors and directors. The main prize is the Golden Lion (Leone d’Oro), which is considered to be one of the most important awards in the film criticism. This year the Festival will be held from August 30 to September 9.

Here the program:  http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2017

Palazzo del Cinema, Lido di Venezia, 2016

Jujube Feast in Lio Piccolo

Also this year the Jujube Feast will take place on September 16 and 17, in the charming village of Lio Piccolo. We suggest you to ride your bicycle and join this wonderful feast that celebrates the Jujube with shows, food stands and music surrounded by a unique lagoon landscape. Let yourself be charmed by this wonderful place!

 Music and Aperitif in the Skyline Rooftop Bar

On September 9 and 23 in the Skyline Rooftop Bar of the famous Molino Stucky Hotel you can enjoy live music, great cocktails and an amazing and breathtaking view over Venice! Don’t miss one of the most glamorous aperitif in Venice!

venice rooftop bar aperitif

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Visit Venice with kids

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can not miss it if you are spending your holidays in Ca’Savio, even if you are travelling with kids. We know of course that it is not easy to carry a buggy in Venice, because of the many bridges and steps, but with our suggestions we hope to help you organize your visit to the city!

Places to visit

When you get to Venice, start your visit from St. Mark’s Square, the heart of the city you can reach after a quick walk from the pier. Standing in the middle of the square you will admire the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the beautiful St Mark’s Basilica. Don’t miss to take a look at the famous Bridge of Sights (Ponte dei Sospiri) located behind the Doge’s Palace, that connects the Doge’s palace with the prisons!

If you are an art lover, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection every Sunday from 15:00 to 16:30 and join the project “KIDS DAY” that introduces the younger visitors to modern and contemporary art.

A must visit for family is the Natural History Museum, located at Fontego dei Turchi overlooking the Grand Canal. There you will find several kind of animals and Italian explorers’ finds going back to the 19th century. Your kids will be enthusiastic to visit it for sure! (There is also a big dinosaur skeleton!)

dinosauro a Venezia

dinosauro a Venezia

Other places not to be missed are the Navy Historical Museum and the Arsenal, located a short walk from the Bridge of Sighs. There you can admire many models of military ships, but also boats dating back to the Serenissima period, among which stands out the famous “Bucintoro”.

Also the Squero of St. Trovaso worth well a visit: it is one the few places where small boats as gondolas are still made! Ready to discover all the secrets of the ancient art of gondola building?

squero san trovaso

Play with your kids

Venice is a place where children live happily. There are many squares (called “campi”), where they can run and play in freedom as Campo Santa Margherita, Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, Campo San Polo, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo della Bragora in the district of Castello, Campo del Ghetto, Campo San Geremia located 5 minutes far from the railway station and the nearby Savorgnan garden.

venice kids

Other gardens we suggest you are Sant’Elena gardens, the Biennale gardens and the royal gardens close to San Marco (at the moment closed for maintenance – ask the Customer Care office at the campsite for updates).

What are you waiting for? Venice has an unique and romantic atmosphere you can not find in other places and will enchant all of you for sure! Get ready and visit it with your family!

How to get to Venice from Ca’ Savio Campsite

 

 

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