The Marca Trevigiana and the Sanctuary of Motta di Livenza
Itinerary: Altino, Marca Trevigiana, Oderzo, Motta di Livenza, S.Donà di Piave, Chiesanuova.
From Lido di Jesolo, take the provincial road to Jesolo Paese in the direction of Caposile.
From Caposile proceed towards Portegrandi, leaving state road SS 14 and picking up the provincial road for Altino which is reached after approx. seven kilometres.
Here visit the local museum with its extensive collection of Roman-era artefacts and, in the exterior archaelogical area, remains of Roman villas and sections of the Via Annia. Also recommended is a visit to the Church of Quarto d'Altino. Leaving Quarto d'Altino, bear right towards Roncade, approx. six kilometres distant, with its impressive castle.
Go North towards Monastier where it is possible to visit with a guide the most ancient section of the Santa Maria del Pero Abbey founded in 958 and donated by Ottone the Great.. You will appreciate the charm preserved by the Romanic cloister and its ancient walls.
Continuing North, towards Ponte di Piave and from there approx. another 9 kilometres to Oderzo.
On the road along the trip be sure to admire the Veneto countryside of the Treviso region and its charming towns, interesting both from an architectural and wine/gastronomic standpoint (the route is famous for its red wines and radicchio cultivation).
In Oderzo, visit the old town centre with its Palazzo Municipale by Giorgio Massari and the 10th Century Duomo with frescoes by P.Amalteo. In the presbitery, a Virgin with Child, fresco painted by Bellemo in 1477, and Palma the Younger' s "Discesa dello Spirito Santo". Nearby the Duomo is the house of Saccomani with frescoes attributed to Pomponio Amalteo. Also worthy a visit is the museum which hosts interesting polychrome mosaics depicting hunting scenes and rural life. Other sites include the Roman forum and domus, memorials and gravestones. If you arrive on a Wednesday morning, visit the livestock market which still takes place in the Foro Boario according to age-old contractual conventions, and the traditional open-air market in the old town centre. A visit to the Church of the Knights Templars (Chiesa dei Cavalieri Templari) (1220) in nearby Ormelle is also recommended.
Leaving Oderzo, proceed East towards Portogruaro. After 9 kilometres, stop at Motta di Livenza where you can visit the well-known Sanctuary dedicated to the apparition of the Virgin as well as numerous houses and buildings of the old town.
Return to Lido di Jesolo by going South towards Cessalto and Ceggia with a stop-over in San Donà di Piave to visit the recently-restored Museo della Bonifica with its numerous exhibits on the ancient town of Heraclia. Here you will find rooms dedicated to archeological materials, the territory's hidraulic system in the 16th and 17th Century, land drainage, weaving with 17th Century wooden looms, local handicrafts, World War I and tools and furnishing common to daily life in the town.
Take time to stroll though the large park that extends along the river from the Ponte della Vittoria to the Taglio di Intestadura.
Continue along the Piave Vecchia towards Chiesanuova to Caposile with its movable bridge that brings to mind those painted by Van Gogh.
To return to Jesolo, either take the through road that follows the river Sile, or the scenic Via Salsi that flanks the same river but overlooking the Drago Jesolo and Grassabò valleys.