1°stage (2h30’): Starting from the wharf of Fondamente Nove, in the northern part of the Venetian historic centre take Line 13 – from Venice Fondamente Nove for Vignole, Sant’Erasmo,Treporti . The first stop is Vignole, the island “of seven vineyards”, first stage of our itinerary on the discovery of “vegetable gardens of Serenissima”. The island of Vignole welcomes us with its luxuriant vegetation of tamarisks, elders, elms, poplars and mulberry trees that sprout from the hedges and weeding brambles behind which there are hidden alternately the vegetable gardens and vineyards that have given fame to this island. The only human presence and a reference point, once you have got off the waterbus, seems to be that tavern of the wharf, similar to many others that we come across each time we land on one of these islets disperse in the lagoon. We advise that you stop on this island for a day’s outing on the discovery of what has remained of the ancient church of S. Erosia or of the military defensive works still present opposite Sant’Erasmo, the testimonies of the defensive function of the island during the times of Serenissima. Returning from the walk, we suggest that you stop for a break and have something to eat in one of the trattorias with trellis and a garden that can be found near landing place of motorboats, from where it’s possible to enjoy spectacular sunsets in the background of the lagoon and Venice.
Crossing the agricultural landscape of S.Erasmo, you’ll arrive up to the Maximilian Tower, a massive Habsburg fortress that has been recently restored and from which you can enjoy an excellent observation point of the lagoon and the beach below. Close to the Maximilian tower you could take a break under the grapevine trellis of the usual tavern on the water and, if on the way back you expect to cook yourselves a supper, you could buy fish and vegetables directly from cultivators and the beach fishermen. After having recovered your strength with the fresh sea air that you breath here, turn left and go along the sandy strip of the eastern side of the island that was once upon a time a maritime front of the north lagoon and, continuing along the footpath, you’ll arrive to Seca del Bacàn: the ancient beach is today a system of sandbanks and velme (sandy and muddy terrains) in construction phase and an important transit point of migratory currents of limicolous birds (sandpipers, ruffs, squids etc). At this point, if you don’t want to arrive up to the north-eastern end, the wildest one of the island, we suggest that you take one of the straight roads on your left which go back towards the small and modest built-up area from where you could take a waterbus to take you back to Venice.
Addresses and useful information:
Island of Lazzaretto Nuovo
Address: Island of Lazzaretto Nuovo cap 30141 - Lazzaretto Nuovo - Venice
It can be visited by booking: days and opening times to be confirmed.
Booking tel. 0412444011
Island of Sant’Erasmo
Address: Island of S. Erasmo cap 30100 - San Erasmo - Venice
Telephone: 041 5230642
Attention: not opened to public!
For information contact the cultural association Lato Azzurro tel. 0415230642
Il Lato azzurro
Address: Via dei Forti, 26
Telephone: 041 5230642
Lagoon Kayak Association Sant’Erasmo
Telephone: 041 5240672
Web site: www.sportvenezia.net/alkse/
For guided tours of Venetian gardens Wigwam Club Giardini Storici Venice tel. 041610791