Excursions in the middle of the lagoon to discover the larger and smaller islands, with typical Venetian boats. We will explore the lagoon ground, observing its typical flora and fauna. Educational workshops will be held with the materials collected during the outings.
SUBMERGED IN A UNIQUE AND INTACT TERRITORY, DISCOVERING THE MOST FASCINATING AND AUTHENTIC PLACES OF THE VENE-TIAN LAGOON. San Francesco del Deserto, San Giorgio in Alga, Mazzorbetto, Lazzaretto, Sant'Erasmo, Vignole, Poveglia, Lido, Malamocco, these are some places with evocative names, frequented by fishermen, guarded with simplicity, where ancient silence reigns, an enchantment underlined by the noise of the oars on the water and by the whistles of the aquatic birds that are stationed here. Rowing on tradi-tional Venetian boats, we will take the kids to explore the sandbanks, we will navigate among the "ghebi" that cross them drawing complex plots. We will be accompanied by fishermen, sailors, farmers, artisans and many people who will tell their way of life made of ancient gestures, preserved with such pas-sion. We will walk in the mud of the sandbanks in direct contact with the native flora and fauna. We will teach to the boys and girls to recognize and fish the "caparossoi" and the “gransi”. We will go to the countryside torn from the water to collect the fruits and vegetables that we will then use for the genuine lunches and snacks. We will learn how to hold in hand an oar as every good Venetian has done for centuries. We will sunbathe so much, we will breathe fresh air and we will become friends.
During the excursions the children will be stimulated to observe the environment that surrounds them, we will carry out educational workshops also in boat, dur-ing which they will be taught to recognize and differentiate the naturalistic and historical elements of the lagoon landscape. We will accompany the children in museums, churches, forts, craft workshops and all those places that form the cul-tural heritage of the islands: from the Murano glass museum, to the “squeri” of Venice, to the church of Torcello, to the museum of Burano’s lace.
From a short distance from the historic centre and from the routes most beaten by mass tourism, another Venice offers itself to the visitor who decides to enter to an unknown Venetian environment but not less historic and less authentic. It is the "minor" Venice of the islands, a vast expanse of water and semi-emerged lands where the silent landscape matches the tidal flows where the traditional la-goon boats resist obstinately to the noisy aggressiveness of the engines, where the colors of the water, of the earth and the sky are mixed with the red brick of the constructions of man, where the barehands offer hospitality to the fauna of the lagoon: egrets, herons, gulls, hawks, martin fishermen.... a Venice where the na-ture is intact, but where the signs of man and his passage tell us an ancient story: a world miraculously intact, similar to that which in the sixth century welcomed the inhabitants of Aquileia who fled from Attila and the Huns, would later had founded Venice.
Gloria Rogliani, champion of rowing and and voga Camp’s godmother
Of the entire lagoon surface only 5% is constituted by constantly emerged lands, while 20% is represented by sandbanks, some areas of soil with water surface covered by vegetation particularly resistant to salt. The whole lagoon is covered by channels more or less deep marked, by bricole and piles, which are used to orient and not to run aground in “dry".
We will move between the inhabited islands of Murano and Burano with their productive traditions and historical palaces, the island-cemetery of San Michele, the "vegetable gardens of the Serenissima", the islands with agricultural vocation of Sant'Erasmo and the vineyards, between the valleys and the typical lagoon landscapes of Treporti and Lio Piccolo, until to the places characterized by mon-uments that take us back to the origins of Venice as the island of Torcello.
A fragile territory, kept alive, thanks to the constancy of those who, against all profit logic, continue to practice ancient crafts and activities, in a niche economy functional to the management and conservation of the lagoon territory and the lifestyle of the islands.
We will meet extraordinary people with many stories to tell, for example, the fishermen of Burano with their strong and rough hands, the farmers of Sant'Erasmo who cultivate the “vegetable gardens of Venice", the masters of axe in the squeri, the masters "remeri and forcolai" keepers of the oar and rowing cul-ture and Murano’s master glassmakers