CAORLE – Madonna of the Angel. Water Procession.

CAORLE – Madonna of the Angel. Water procession (Madonnina del Mare), a five-year tradition.
Tradition tells that some fishermen found a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child floating in the sea despite it resting on a marble pedestal; only children managed to take it to the Cathedral from which it disappeared the next day, only to be inexplicably found at a later time in the small church on the sea which then took the name of the Church of the Madonna dell’Angelo. The Church can be visited every day during the day in the winter months. During the summer it is open from early morning until 11.00 pm.
It is a real procession … at sea with festively decorated fishing boats, bragozzi and boats from all over the neighborhood following the statue of the Madonna dell’Angelo.
Every five years, on the second Sunday of September, the statue kept in the homonymous church is carried in procession on the caorlina, a rowing boat typical of the Venice lagoon, to finally return to its Sanctuary. The procession itinerary winds its way from the Fishing Port, along the internal Rio and the Canale dell’Orologio, and then along the sea until it reaches the church again. A festival that never misses any inhabitant of the Maritime City of Caorle is the Procession of the Madonna dell’Angelo, also familiarly known as MADONNINA DEL MARE. The water procession sees the participation of virtually all the boats in the city. Small and large, rowed or motorized. Believers and non-believers compete to find the best place along the banks, where the “Caorlina” with its bright colors and the statue of the Madonna will pass. The procession starts from the fish market area where fishing boats are normally anchored and reaches the sea from the harbor mouth, the statue is then unloaded and brought back on foot to the beautiful church where it will remain for another five years. (The next edition will be on 13th SEPTEMBER 2021 – not to be missed-). It is a riot of colors and affection for the TRUE symbol of the CITY OF CAORLE, linked to its “Madonnina del Mare” by an amazing affection. You will see children with grandparents and people of all ages celebrating while everywhere you hear the typical song that accompanies the procession. I had the pleasure of accompanying the Madonna dell’Angelo in the 2013 edition. That year the Caorlina did not go out to sea due to adverse weather conditions. At the end of the procession all the participants in the water parade meet in the marina where there is no shortage of local delicacies based on grilled fish and local sweets.
Pio Dal Cin (photo Pio Dal Cin)


Luciano Striuli Mayor

The ceremony for awarding the Blue Flags for the year 2021 took place this morning, in live streaming: among the awarded locations there was also Caorle, which for the sixteenth year was confirmed for the excellence of its sea and its services!
“This is a recognition, today more than ever, very important – comments the Mayor Luciano Striuli – because it is distinctive of those places that have made environmental quality their flagship. And not only that, the Blue Flag also guarantees the implementation of high standards related to safety: it is, therefore, a further confirmation that Caorle is the right place to spend your holidays and where (re) find that psychophysical well-being that we we all seek, in contact with nature and local traditions. “
The Blue Flag is awarded every year by FEE Italia, the Foundation for Environmental Education, to places that meet certain requirements and criteria regarding water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and services and safety on the beach. The requesting localities must possess all the mandatory requirements and the greatest number of those considered “guide”.
The first official recognition was obtained from Caorle in 2002, the second in 2006 and the third in 2008, which was followed continuously by all the others until this year, for a total of 16.

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