Lagoon archaeology, ancient fortresses and salt gardens

Lagoon archaeology, ancient fortresses and salt gardensThe itinerary winds its way through islands that played important economic and social roles in the past. The explanations of the guide along the whole itinerary help grasp the natural and historical value of this part of the lagoon.
The main destinations of this itinerary are two islands: Lazzaretto Nuovo and St Erasmo.

The first stop is Lazzaretto Nuovo, the island where the Health Buildings of the Serenissima are still well kept inside the Austrian walls. A trip from outside permits to enjoy the engrossing atmosphere of the lagoon and to get in touch with plants and birds of the barena (salt marsh).
In the island you can choose between two itineraries: the visit of the rich archaeological heritage and the walking tour, immersed in nature, along the Austrian patrol route that offers a wide panoramic view of the north of the lagoon.
The second stop is St Erasmo, that, due to its fruit and vegetables, is known as “the vegetable garden and orchard of Venice”.

Programme:

9.15 h: meeting at Fondamenta Nuove, at Actv Boat Stop with a natural operator of the company RiviviNatura and departure towards Lazzaretto Nuovo, passing along the islands of La Certosa and St Andrea and the Bocca di Porto (inlet) of Lido.
Visit of Lazzaretto Nuovo
12.30 h: Boarding to Sant’Erasmo, arrival in Sant’Erasmo-Capanna and lunch break. Visit of the island on foot or by bicicle towards Massimiliana Tower and visit of a farm.
16.15 h: Embarking at Massimiliana Tower and return to Fondamenta Nuove through the Canal of San Giacomo passing along the islands of Crevan, Burano, Mazzorbo, Madonna del Monte and S. Giacomo in Paludo

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