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Comune di Eraclea
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Coat of arms of Eraclea
Coat of arms
Eraclea is located in Italy
Location of Eraclea in Italy
Coordinates: 45°35′N 12°41′E / 45.583°N 12.683°E / 45.583; 12.683Coordinates: 45°35′N 12°41′E / 45.583°N 12.683°E / 45.583; 12.683
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Metropolitan city Venice (VE)
Frazioni Brian, Ca' Turcata, Eracleamare, Ponte Crepaldo, Stretti, Torre di Fine, Valcasoni
 • Mayor Mirco Mestre
 • Total 99 km2 (38 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total 12,276
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Eracleensi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 30020
Dialing code 0421
Patron saint Assumption of Mary
Saint day 15 August
Website Official website
Panorama of Eraclea's pinewood

Eraclea is a small city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, northern Italy. It is located on the Adriatic coast between the towns of Caorle and Jesolo.


From its founding until 742 AD, the Republic of Venice had its capital based in Eraclea. It was replaced by Malamocco. According to Greek mythology, it was founded by Heracles (Hercules).


Eraclea Mare is, together with Jesolo and Caorle, one of the main seaside resorts on the Venetian coast facing the Adriatic Sea. A steady growth of foreign tourists, especially from Germany, has been recently recorded.


In 2009, Eraclea Mare was awarded the "3 Sails" by the environmental NGO Legambiente. The city has been awarded the "Blue Flag" from the Foundation for Environmental Education every year from 2007-2017 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater.

Main sights

Eraclea Mare is known for its pinewood and the "Lagoon of the Dead" (Venetian language: Laguna del Mort). The Lagoon, an unusual natural formation, was caused by the overflowing of the Piave river in 1935, whose bed was modified in its last stretch after a large flood. The Lagoon stretches between the Eraclea's Lido and the mouth of the Piave river and it is a sea-lagoon, being supplied with water only by the flood-tides. Still uncontaminated, the Mort is characterized by shallow and calm waters with a sandy and muddy seabed, rich in phytoplankton.

Dawn on the beach at Eracleamare.


The city's economy is mostly based on agriculture and tourism, because of its 6 km-long beach (Eracleamare).


The town is served by Trenitalia services to Venice and Trieste from San Donà di Piave, and by Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport to the west and south, respectively.

By road, Eraclea is accessible from Venice via the A4 through San Donà di Piave to the north.



  1. ^ Population data from ISTAT

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