Garden Paradiso is situated in a strategic position to visit some noteworthy places in the surroundings. Cavallino, with its markets and its history, together with the Eastern Venice hinterland, between sandbanks where to ride or to fish, deserves for sure a trip, as Jesolo after all, with its movida and its shops. Then the Lagoon Islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello: ancient, colorful and with plenty of local dishes to discover and taste.
If you are searching for a daily excursion you can choose to reach Venice, Padua, Treviso, Chioggia and Eraclea: all towns characterized by a water background because of their history and their urban planning.
It is possible to reach Venice from Garden Paradiso by boat from Punta Sabbioni or Treporti, where you can easily get by bike, by bus or by car. Built on a big and small channel maze, it was called the “Serenissima Republic”, a nickname coming from its maximum Authority degree, the “Serenissimo Doge”.
The venetian writer Tiziano Scarpa says that strolling around Venice is like “walking on an endless upside jungle, an amazing upside wood”. Actually, the town itself is a huge palafitte, with a lot of poles holding the palaces (and you will realize that over time some of them are crooked due to sinking) and wooden rafts on which the San Marco Basilica and Doge’s Palace stand. Just put a guidebook inside your rucksack, go and discover the most beautiful town in the world.
You can quickly reach Padua and Treviso by train or by car and spend an awesome day: they are two towns of Roman origin (Patavium and Tarvisium) which were part of the venetian domination.
If you choose to visit Padua, a popular saying describes very well the town: the town “of the three without”. The first one is “the meadow without grass” (Prato della Valle – literally: “the meadow of the valley” – a big square of elliptical shape surrounded by statues which was once an arena); “the coffee without doors” (namely the Pedrocchi, built with a double free entrance to let costumers come and go, is known for the coffee at the Pedrocchi way, which is served without teaspoon) and finally, “the nameless Saint/the Saint without name” (St. Anthony of Padua, so famous to be simply called the Saint, to whom the self-titled Basilica has been devoted). You just have to start from the “three without” and then go on exploring the rest of the town.
Treviso is worldwide famous thanks to its radicchio rosso, a winter vegetable, also called the “winter flower”, which is used in plenty of recipes: from pizza to pasta, or just simply cooked in the oven. If you wish to discover something about the history of this town, you just have to visit the Civic Museums of Treviso and Santa Caterina Church, (XIV sec.), where it is possible to admire a rich archeological section with an artifacts collection dated from the second millennium until the High Middle Ages.
Chioggia: it is situated a few km away from Jesolo, connected right from Venice by a bike path. In some points the historical centre looks amazingly like the Serenissima ones, that’s the reason why certain film productions used the town as set for some of their film glimpses, as if they were behind the Gran Canal. Chioggia, called by fishermen “Little Venice”, is the biggest harbor for the incoming and outgoing fish selling of the whole Veneto Region: if you choose to enjoy a lunch or a dinner here, for sure you will taste a catch of the day!
Eraclea is further east, up to Jesolo, and it is called the “green Adriatic pearl” thanks to its natural beauty. A wide pinewood spreads on its territory, the perfect place for a refreshing bike tour or a walk, and the ”Mort Lagoon” – literally: the Lagoon of the Dead –, whose special history explains the reason of its name, which means “the Lagoon of the Dead”. Until the mid-1930s of the 20th Century, this stretch was the Piave river mouth, which, due to a flood, overflowed and made a fresh water hole that, over time, became salty and lagoon, a “dead” point of the river. It is worth seeing!