Out and about - The River Sile -
A rare example of a karstic river that
springs from sources on the plain, the Sile crosses the city and
the southern part of the province, with the navigable tract extending
all the way from Treviso to the lagoon. Fortifications, such as
the Carraresi Tower at Casale, and elegant villas, first and foremost
the Villa Gabbianelli, were constructed on the banks of the river.
The alzaie, small paths built into
the embankments and at one time used by oxen drawing barges, are
invaluable to locals and tourists alike. To really appreciate the
beauty of the alluvial plain, it is advisable to take a boat trip
down the river to the sluice gates near Burano and Torcello, stopping
every now and then to take in the avifauna and the traces of human
history in the countryside all around you.
For more information on the River Sile, click here.