The land of Altinate is characterised by the presence of two areas of great environmental importance: the Regional Natural Park of the river Sile and the Venetian Lagoon.
The Regional Natural Park of the river Sile covers a surface of 4,152 hectares; it comprises 11 municipalities in the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice. The area of the river sources is located between Casacorba of Vedelago (Treviso) and Torreselle di Piombino Dese (Padua); this is also where the source of the longest resurgent river in Italy is located, approximately 70km from Casacorba di Vedelago (Treviso) to Portegrandi di Quarto d’Altino (Venice), the natural mouth of the Venetian Lagoon before the “Taglio del Sile” was excavated. Since ancient times, the mild climate of the area, the navigability of the waters, the proximity of the sea, the copiousness of the resurgent rivers and the wealth of the surrounding woodland have attracted populations to the river Sile, who subsequently started building along its banks.
The Venetian Lagoon skims the coasts of the Cavallino Treporti peninsula to the North. A natural environment of rare and incomparable beauty, the lagoon has kept its natural features intact. For centuries, this enchanting coastline has seen a land transform constantly over time. It welcomed the ships of the traders who once went to the fruit and vegetable market of Rialto to sell their products; it saw the ancient farm houses and wooden stilt houses (also known as the “casoni di valle”) be built on its banks; and it bore witness to the construction of fortresses, batteries, telemetric towers, barracks and bunkers, built to protect Venice during the Great War.
The gentle sound of the water while the boat glides along its canal, the gentle rustling of the leafy branches of the trees, the fluttering of wings and the tweeting of the little egrets, the sound of the fish darting dauntlessly out of the water, the silent, gentle and regular flight of the seagulls, the presence of the cormorants and herons intent on hunting and the elegant black-winged stilt, make this area unique and surprising.