Valle Millecampi is a nature reserve located between Padua (Codevigo) and Venice. It is the only part of the Venetian Lagoon that borders the province of Padua.
It is formed by a lake, various pools of water and mud called velme and by barene, super low islets that are more or less submerged by tides.
The whole Valle Millecampi is covered by small canals.
It’s an area perfect for birdwatching lovers. You can spot ducks, wading birds, terns, shanks, black-winged stilts and some species that come here to spend the winter as white heronsand cranes plus black storks (just passing by).
The best way to visit this place would be by bike strarting from via Corte Fogolana, but we went there by car because it was too hot that day! At some point we spotted some high-roofed huts. The huts were typical buildings of the rural plains of Veneto. Those you can see along the lagoon were actually mostly shelters for fishermen and hunters rather than real houses.
These Casoni di Valle Millecampi are actually modern, designed to host events. However, they are not without charm! A few hundred meters before the huts the road is not paved any more so it is best to proceed slowly to avoid damaging the tires of the car or bike. There is parking on the left side of the road and you have to continue by foot.
The evening before there has been a bad storm. I hope this is the only reason to justify the amount of garbage stuck on the canal and the bad smell! It was a shame because without this nasty sight the scenario is really interesting and peculiar. The huts were closed so we just watched from the outside.
To find it, type on Google Maps:
35020 Codevigo, Province of Padua
You can find photos of the area and of the birds that can be seen here on these websites:
www.juzaphoto.com, www.agraria.org, www.magicoveneto.it