The Tegnùe: an unexpected world

A few miles from the Cavallino coast is the Tegnùe, a world rich in natural, rocky outcrops 15-40m under the waves of the Northern Adriatic Sea. An unexpected world off the sandy shores of the Northern Adriatic Sea!

With so much to explore and discover, this enchanting coastline spills its secret underwater reefs and wonderful marine ecosystem.

Oasis submerged in biodiversity

The Tegnue are genuine underwater reefs that create a wonderful marine ecosystem. They were formed over the last 4,000 years thanks to the calcareous red algae (also known as coralline algae) and bioconstructing invertebrates, such as molluscs and bryozoans. This biodiversity of this charming environment has remained intact, as it has been able to defend itself from human interference. The fishing nets that were entangled on the rocks put off anyone who tried to fish in those areas, keeping the whole biosystem of the Tegnue intact and untouched. This also explains the origin of their name: the term "Tegnùe" in the Venetian dialect means "withholdings" and the fishermen used it to identify these rocky waters, which were considered particularly troublesome for fishing.

Also referred to as "submerged oasis of biodiversity", this incredible ecosystem, including its cavities, crevices, tunnels and irregular rocks, is the natural habitat of a rare and protected wildlife. This includes several species of starfish and sponges and is populated by fish, molluscs, crustaceans and invertebrates.

Discovering the Tegnùe

Local divers are able to accompany you as you explore this breath-taking seabed. You will be surrounded by nature, with fish of all kinds darting back and forth, and you'll find numerous sessile and encrusting plants. This is a real-life fairy-tale of a secret, unique and pristine place. During the dive, you'll be able to admire schools of Redfish and Diplodus, as well as the bright colours of the colonial sea squirts and shimmering silver pelagic fish. You will see anemones swaying gracefully as they are caressed by the current, witness sea urchins grazing algae on the sea bed, come across Dogfish and Leopard bush fish swimming elegantly near the sandy floor, or see the hairy Turbot that camouflages itself firmly attached to the rocks.

You'll also meet the "Madonna of Tegnùe", a marble sculpture created by the artist Sergio Dalla Mora that stands between the Tegnue, 5 miles from the coast and 18 meters underwater.

Today the Tegnùe is a biological protection zone and oasis because of their scientific and natural importance. This is just one more reason to see them up close and admire them in all its glory.