The evocative Marano lagoon which laps the western shores of the peninsula is an area of exceptional natural attractiveness and a rare ecosystem of great natural and environmental beauty with fauna which includes rare species, stubborn marsh vegetation and the unique temporary fishermen's settlements, the picturesque marsh cane 'houses' in which you can still make out traces of the lagoon's ancient material culture and lifestyles which are lost in the mists of time. The lagoon encompasses traces of an ancient culture in its jagged arc of islands and sandbanks which is still visible in the extremely beautiful Venetian settlement in Marano itself, a traditional fishing village which was enclosed within its fortress walls until the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Marano lagoon is cut through by a dense network of canals and a number of resurgent rivers which are full of water and partly navigable. River Stella is especially full of evocative landscapes and environments. Its estuary has been made into a nature reserve as an oasis and repopulation site for migratory and sedentary waterfowl and is equipped with birdwatching posts. Beautiful!