A couple of weeks ago we went to the beach. We stayed in Lignano, a small seaside town, one hour from my home town, one of the holiday places from my childhood.
Unluckily the weather was not very nice, so we didn’t actually enjoy much beach time, but we were able to do a couple of interesting things!
We had the possibility to have a tour of the Marano lagoon with a friend’s rubber dinghy. We slowly sailed approximately 5 or 6 hours, with few wonderful stops.
We left the marine in Lignano and sailed through the canals, and we soon reached the Casoni: old fishermen houses made of canes. Some, as the one where we stop for a nice aperitif, have been restored and modernized with drinking water, solar panels for hot water and electricity and cooking post. They are a great place to spend a day with friends, drinking nice Friulian wine and eating fresh fish, just caught with the fishing nets set next to the Casoni.
For lunch we stopped at the Trattoria Ai Ciodi, on the Isola di Anfora, a little island next to Porto Buso, that includes a restaurant opened only in summer and few rooms for guests. The food is great, you shouldn’t miss the grilled fish! And the surrounding panorama of the lagoon is astonishing.
From there we sailed further to the mainland: Marano. This is a small and old fishermen town, that still bares in its buildings the traces of the Venetian Republic hegemony of the middle ages.
We spent a beautiful day and sailing is reinvigorating!
The next day, given the foggy weather, we took a little trip of Latisana, the closest town to Lignano. There isn’t a lot to see, but walking around we found few enchanting spots: the Church of San Giovanni Battista, the current dome of the town, with the great altarpiece from Paolo Veronese, “Il Battesimo di Cristo” (1567); and the incredible view of the river Tagliamento, the most important and longest river of Friuli Venezia Giulia.