Laguna veneta : Michelin's recommendations
Venice has sunk 60cm since the 17C, but continues to pursue the battle against the elements. From the 15C-19C, the city diverted the course of the rivers in an effort to defend itself against floods and silting, but to no avail. Water and pollution continue to attack the city's foundations and houses. The uncertain future of Venice in fact makes the beauty of its monuments, the elegance of its houses and the charm of its streets even more poignant. For a truly sweeping view of Venice's lagoon, you will have to leave the town. To the south, you will reach Chioggia, resting on two parallel islands linked to terra firma by a bridge. Old streets, a colourful fish market, a 17C Duomo and 15C and 18C churches all await the visitor. Follow the banks of the lagoon eastbound and take a leap back in time at Aquileia, a former Roman colony (2C BC) and afterwards the seat of one of Italy's most important patriarchates (554-1751). Some interesting Roman ruins have been uncovered and the Romanesque basilica and admirable mosaic paving (4C) are more than worth the detour. On your way, stop at Lignano, the largest seaside resort on the Friuli coast, famous for its 8km-long sandy beach. Continuing onwards to Trieste, you will pass by Grado, a busy fishing port and spa resort of growing reputation. Its picturesque old district affords a chance to admire numerous ancient edifices and architectural details, some of which date back to the 6C.