Italy – Lio Piccolo and the flamingos

Get out your bike and let’s go to explore Lio Piccolo and see the pink flamingos

Lio Piccolo is just a small village not far from Treporti, it is another set of islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The road to get there is tight and the area is really quiet so I suggest you cycling there, even if you can go reach it by car.

Nowadays Lio Piccolo is almost uninhabited but it was an important trade port during the Roman Empire, linked to Altino and Lio Maggiore (Venice didn’t exist yet!).

Since a few years ago, thousands of pink flamingos decided to make the lagoon around Lio Piccolo their house. It is not easy to see them but certainly not impossible! I was lucky and I saw them from quite close up but, unfortunately, they were white! Flamingos are pink because of their particular diet, which primarily consists of the aquatic organism, like shrimps and algae, high in pigments called carotenoids. This is the same pigment that causes shrimp to turn from grey to pink. When a flamingo adopts a diet similar to other birds, its feathers become white or a pale pink. But trust me, white or pink, they are still cool!

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Where to eat?

Stop here for dinner and enjoy the sun falling in the water of the lagoon from the restaurants: LE MANCIANE, LE SALINE or NOTTURNO (Reservation Recommended).

All of them, they serve typical, local food, mainly prepared with fish and seasonal products.Save

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TIPS:

If it is open, please go and see the view from the tower, it is beautifulSave

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Take some bottles of water with you

Tired of cycling? Jump on the boat with Blue Dream. Boat service from and to Lio Piccolo – Cavallino – Lio Maggiore (check the page on Facebook)

Please respect the peaceful place and the birds living there.

For more information visit the website: https://www.liopiccolo.com/en/

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