Santo Stino di Livenza - Caorle


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A route going from Santo Stino di Livenza to Caorle through the reclaimed lands and the towns along Livenza riverside. The direct road connection is 25 km long; the suggested journey is longer because of the several diversions you make to visit some water scooping plants. There is also an alternative itinerary following Livenza's flow.
San Stino di Livenza 
In this town you find some striking buildings dating from Venetian domination. Villa Zeno, for instance, was built on the ruins of an ancient castle; Villa Rubin, Villa Calzavara as well as Villa Agazzi merit a short visit, too. Hydraulic structures near Santo Stino di Livenza 
Before heading to Carole, you ought to visit a few water scooping plants lying between S. Stino and Loncon.

S. Osvaldo auxiliary water scooping plant (E=12:57:58,521; N=45:40:15,325)
From the city centre of Santo Stino di Livenza follow via Canaletta until you reach S. Osvaldo auxiliary water scooping plant. This plant, situated in S. Stino di Livenza municipality, was built in 1929 to drain waters from S. Osvaldo upper basin; its circulation is 4,320 litres/second. 

Retracing your path to S. Stino city centre, stay on via Fosson until you arrive at Loncon, 4 km away from S. Stino di Livenza. 

Lison water scooping plant (E=12:44:27,508; N=45:44:26,530)
When in Loncon, take via Paludi to reach Lison water scooping plant, which lies along Loncon canal. This water scooping plant serves a basin spreading over 1,559 ha. Its building as well as land reclamation works date from 1927-1930, and were planned by Ing. Del Prà. In 1960 Ing. Diego Mortillaro supervised the works for its most recent upgrade. The plant is fully automated; its circulation is 10,550 litres/second.

S. Osvaldo main water scooping plant (E=12:44:21,463; N=45:43:35,920)
Heading to Fosson Canal you find S. Osvaldo main water scooping plant. This plant lies in Annone Veneto municipality and serves a 1,904 ha-wide basin. It was built in 1929, a few years after the institution of the homonymous Syndicate (1923). It was then upgraded in 1959 by Ing. Mortillaro. Its circulation is 7,980 litres/second. 

Sette Sorelle auxiliary water scooping plant (E=12:45:17,761; N=45:43:20,090)
Once you reach SS14, head to S. Stino di Livenza. In its outskirts at the roundabout take SP59 to Caorle; follow it for 2 km. until you reach Sette Sorelle, a wide reclaimed area. On SP59 you find two different crossroads heading to the two big water scooping plants of this basin: Sette Sorelle main and Sette Sorelle auxiliary plants. Sette Sorelle auxiliary plant lies in S. Stino di Livenza municipality and regularises the water of the northern area of the homonymous basin. It dates from 1928 and its circulation is 3,000litres/second.

Sette Sorelle main water scooping plant (E=12:46:21,149; N=45:42:54,222)
At the next crossroads on SP59 you find the big Sette Sorelle main plant. The place name "Sette Sorelle" is already recorded in maps dating from the early 19th century. The big main water scooping plant, whose circulation is 9,000 litres/second, was planned by Ing. Dal Prà in 1928, when the homonymous 2,787 ha. basin was reclaimed. Later on, its attendant's house and other local facilities were built close to the plant premises. 

Loncon auxiliary water scooping plant (E=12:47:09,579; N=45:41:38,425)
Go back onto SP59, stay on straight until it merges onto SP67 (via Contarina). At this point you can make a short interesting diversion to visit Loncon reclamation basin. Turn left and go straight until you reach and cross Loncon River, then go on the riverside road until you arrive at Loncon auxiliary water scooping plant. Built in 1948, this water scooping plant does not work any more. It houses the premises for one of ARPAV weather stations, which was set up in cooperation with the Land Reclamation Syndicate.

Loncon main water scooping plant (E=12:49:02,133; N=45:41:26,586)
Continuing to travel on Loncon riverside you can notice land reclamation works (provided not only by water scooping plants but also by the network constituted by canals and embankments), the fertile area as well as the resulting agricultural settlements until you arrive at Loncon main water scooping plant. Dating from 1964, it was planned by Ing. Mortillaro; its circulation is 8,000 litres/second. It serves the Loncon basin, whose surface is about 1,706 ha. 

La Salute di Livenza 
Go back onto Loncon riverside until you reach again Loncon auxiliary plant. Cross the canal and take via Contarina, then take the road to Caorle. Follow it for 3.8 km., turn right to visit La Salute di Livenza's built-up area. It is an administrative division of Santo Stino di Livenza municipality. 

Ottava Presa (E=12:52:20,735; N=45:37:47,375)
In La Salute take via Alfieri, then go onto via Volta and follow it for 3.3 km until you reach Ottava Presa, near Livenza River. Here take strada Ottava Presa heading to the homonymous water scooping plant. Built in 1932, it was upgraded and restored in 1971 to serve suitably the area of its 490-ha basin; its circulation is 4,950 litres/second.
San Gaetano 
Strada Ottava Presa meets the straight road heading to San Gaetano, a place deserving a visit. It is a hamlet built around the villa, which belonged to Franchetti's family, where Ernest Hemingway stayed for a short time. This family played an important role in the local history, since it promoted land reclamation of the surrounding area.

San Gaetano water scooping plant (E=12:52:36,384; N=45:38:38,420)
It dates from the early 20th century and proves the efforts done by the Franchetti to reclaim their lands for agricultural use; in fact, they have owned the great San Gaetano estate from 1879 up to the postwar period.
Casere Water scooping plant (E=12:51:23,613; N=45:39:49,447)
From San Gaetano, go on Barone Franchetti Avenue until you reach Casere water scooping plant. Dating from the early 20th century, together with San Gaetano water scooping plant it proves the efforts the Franchetti family has done for over a century in order to reclaim lands.
Ponte Saetta water scooping plant (E=12:52:43,779; N=45:36:19,909)
In San Gaetano take SP to Caorle and follow it for about 8 km. In the outskirts of the town you can visit Ponte Saetta water scooping plant. This plant, dating from 1932, is called after the homonymous canal and serves Sansonetta - Sesta Presa _ Palangon basin as well as Caorle built-up area. Its circulation is 2,650 litres/second.
It is an old port city, a bishopric as well as a noted holidays resort. Its cathedral is charming and houses valuable works of art - e.g. the Byzantine golden reredos. Visit also the 18th-century church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel, which is built on an evocative site.