Welcome to Adriatique! Discover and support the Lagoon

Adriatique is our educational project designed to increase awareness of how a healthy Lagoon is the lifeline for Venice. Light blue and azure. Deep blue and marron. Olive and emerald-green. Call it ecomosaico – a mosaic of life, making up the largest lagoon of the Mediterranean Sea.. We tell the story of the Lagoon, the story of the ships and how to protect the Lagoon for the generations ahead. Which initiatves support the ecosystem, taking up ancient traditions to nuture and harness the Lagoon.

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This is our initiative to support life and nature in the Lagoon. Download our folder + free guide to the Lagoon here.

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Introducing the Lagoon

Did you know that this is not just one Lagoon but actually two, and that they differ from each other considerably? The southern Lagoon, called Laguna Viva, is roughly 5000 years old. The northern Lagoon, Laguna Morta, was created when the sea level rose around 1500 BC, flooding the coastal plain.

The Lagoon was divided into four parts during the times of the Republic, and each was dedicated to a “theme”:

North of Venice, vegetables, wine and fruit were grown on the fertile islands of the Laguna Morta.

East of Venice, the Arsenal shipyard (Castello) and the “quarantine zone” near the Lido inlet were located (where ships had to stop for 40 days = quarantena) before the crew and goods could proceed to Venice).

South of Venice(Laguna viva), the area was dedicated to fishing zones (valli da pesca) and health / hospital islands (monasteries).

West of Venice was military ground and islands dedicated to hosting pilgrims.

Each part of the Lagoon fulfills a purpose. If one part goes missing or is damaged, the whole (eco)system loses its balance.

How you can contribute to safeguard the Lagoon – and Venice!

Take time to learn about the Lagoon and Venice before you go: What visitors can do to safeguard the Lagoon – why the Lagoon is the lifeline of Venice, and how it developed since its first settlements 3000 BC (costruzioni su palafitte) – Post-Covid perspectives and protection of flora and fauna – foraging traditions, natural gourmet cuisine, and little known facts about the Lagoon. Then make informed decisions. Start browsing below!

Le barene – un tappetto floreale per salvaguardare la vita in Laguna

Saving the marshlands of the Lagoon – ancient traditions to nuture and harness the Lagoon.

Quando la Laguna si tinge viola: In late July, the ocolate bar. Without le barene (marshlands), the Lagoon – and Venice – couldn’t exist. Le barene not only filter out toxins and contribute to cleansing the water, but also protecting from eroding by growing like rings around them. And from spring through autumn, they are home to delicious herbs and edible blossoms!

Learn about the Lagoon

Laguna in Cucina

Food memoir of the Lagoon, filled with recipes and glimpses of the past and present. Stories, ancedotes, recipes, daily life and portraits of people and places: A virtual home base for you to return regularly.

Bees in the Lagoon

Where bees live in the Lagoon, balancing out biodiversity in the marshlands. Plus recipes and traditional but mostly forgotten stories of summer life – la transumanza delle api.

Support our partners

Baseghò

New agriturismo on the island Sant’Erasmo, in the midst of artichoke fields, vineyards, located near the barene, amid fig trees and oleanders.

Apicolture Ape Maria

Produces “gourmet honey” and honey flavored with eucalyptus and pine blossoms, plus miele delle barene – honey from the Lagoon marshlands.

Casa Burano

Tenuta Venissa’s home base on the most colorful island of the Lagoon, Burano, where artists and lacemakers live.

Miele del Doge

Producing honey in the midst of Sant’Erasmo, from its barene that connect the island to San Francesco del Deserto.

Orto di Venezia

“Vino serenissimo”: Cultivating ancient wines on the Lagoon island Sant’Erasmo, just north of Venice.

Getting Around

Vela al terzo

Association participating in sailing races with traditional boats, excursions from Venice to Grado, etc.

Vela in Laguna

Specialist taking guests around the Lagoon on traditional boats.

More about the Lagoon

The vineyards of Sant’Erasmo

Sant’Erasmo isn’t just famous for its artichokes, but it’s also the greenest island of the Lagoon, used almost exclusively as orto – vegetable garden of Venice. Discover the vineyards, quiet canals lined with tamarisk, orchards and elderflowers.