A real leap in time, a wonderfully natural landscape and a great testimony of tenacity by past populations. One of the places where jujubes are produced.
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Location included in the municipality of Cavallino-Treporti, Lio Piccolo is made up of a group of islets reachable by sea and by land thanks to some connecting roads. This small village has the power to bring back those who visit it back in time, offering an excellent perception of what the lagoon and daily life in the past might have been like.
Completely surrounded by sandbanks, Lio Piccolo consists of a few elements: the Palazzo Boldù, the Church of Santa Maria della Neve, the bell tower and a handful of blocks of flats a few steps from the square.
What is most striking when arriving in Lio Piccolo is the path immersed in absolute silence and in a splendid landscape, which can be appreciated to a greater extent by all nature lovers thanks to the presence of a rich birdlife: Gulls, Egrets, Cormorants, Coots, Knights of Italy, Aironi Bianchi and Cenerini.
There are numerous archaeological finds that confirm the Roman presence in the northern part of this place - recent is the discovery of remains in Lio Piccolo of splendid mosaic floors from the Roman era -, in a historical period where the lagoon was very different from what we know today due to a much lower sea level - about a couple of meters - which, together with the influence of debris transported to the lagoon by the two main rivers - the Sile and the Piave - contributed to the emergence of large lands, drawing a morphology and territorial boundaries very different from today.
The attribution to the priest Mauro of the foundation of the two churches dates back to around the year 1000, one dedicated to San Salvatore and the other to the Virgin Mary, escaping the barbarian invasions in Litus Albus, the Lido Bianco mentioned in the Gradense Chronicle which is the current Lio Piccolo.
A territory that was populated by people dedicated to hunting, fishing, agriculture and the collection of salt in the nearby salt pans, struggling with the continuous modification and evolution of the hydrogeological structure that led to the formation of other islands in the following centuries: the Mesole in the fourteenth century, Saccagnana and the island of Cavallino in the sixteenth century, the island of the Church - today's Treporti - at the end of the seventeenth century. Despite the continuous climatic and environmental adversities, including the terrible plague of malaria, a small group of farmers continued to live here, despite the almost total depopulation, and to send their products to the Rialto market.
Only centuries later, thanks to Carlo Boldù and his family who took over the property - territories previously belonging to surrounding institutions and monasteries -, a phase of rural consolidation began in the village.
In the following centuries the Boldù were followed by the families of Candido Fassetta, Antonio Bon and by the Armenian Mechitarist Congregation, whose seat is on the island of San Lazzaro.
Agriculture is a testimony still alive today in the whole area of the Northern Coast of Venice and in Lio Piccolo the cultivation and production of jujubes is active.