Caorle and the bond between sea and tradition
by Barbara Palladino
Caorle, one of the Historical Coastal Villages – Gems of Italy (Borghi Storici Marinari – Gioielli d’Italia), is located between the Veneto tourist destinations Eraclea and Bibione. It looks out to the Adriatic Sea, and with its calli and campielli resembles a little Venice made of colorful buildings and “Casoni”, fishermen’s typical houses made of wood and cane sourced in the Caorle Lagoon. This is where Hemingway found the inspiration for part of his “Across the River and into the Trees”.
The village offers 18 km of Blue and Green Flag beaches and is famous for its busy fish market. Water here plays a crucial role both in business and in religious traditions. On Christmas Eve, during the “Christmas on the Sea” torchlight procession before midnight, divers carry the statue of baby Jesus from the beach to the altar of the Duomo of Santo Stefano, the most important and oldest building in the town, built in 1038.
Even the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Angel is by the sea, in the same spot where the first church of Caorle was built. It was first dedicated to the Archangel Gabriel, and later to the Madonna after a wooden statue of her was found, “miraculously” floating on the waves despite its heavy marble throne.
Photos by: Comune di Caorle