Bibione’s history goes way back. Bibione sprang from the sea, and its fortunes are closely tied to both the sea and the land: the magical encounter between the salty shores of the Adriatic Sea and the fresh water of the Tagliamento River. A history of the water, then, but also a history of the land and the difficult one of the lagoon. The land has been home to many peoples over the centuries: The Venetians first, from the third and fourth centuries CE; and then, beginning in 181 CE, the Romans, who first began reclamation of the land and settling the area. With the fall of the Roman Empire and the advent of Christianity, Bibione became the property of the Bishop of Concordia and then was abandoned for several centuries. Areas that were not swamps or the lagoon quickly became thick with underbrush, wildlife and wild horses.