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Wine Tasting on Islands

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Vineries in the middle of a lagoon: sounds strange, doesn’t it?
Cruise from Venice to the islands and see for yourself. The first stop will be at Sant’Erasmo (1), the vegetable garden of Venice. Here, beside the famous violet artichoke, some important vineyards have been created to produce a unique white wine. You will taste it the garden facing the lagoon among fruit trees and cultivated grounds: a breath-taking experience.
The tour may continue on the small and picturesque Mazzorbo (2), another island connected by a wooden bridge to Burano. In Mazzorbo lies the tenuta Venissa with the ancient walled vegetable garden as well as the native vineyards of Venice. On this unique island, the ancient Venetian vines cultivated during the Serenissima Republic, have been wisely replanted and only recently rediscovered. The wine has a slightly salty touch as grapes absorb some salt from the ground making it very tasty and different from Sant’Erasmo’s white wine. Beside wine tasting, you may seriously consider making your lunch very special by trying some delicious local food.

 

 

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Churches&Cloisters

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In the past many islands have been colonized by monks, nuns and religious people. Just across San Marco’s basin lies the island of San Giorgio Maggiore (1). The beautifulPalladian façade of the church invites people to visit the whole island, also called the “cypress island” as the first settlement of a Benedictine community. The island offers a breathtaking view of Venice from the top of the bell tower. Proceeding toward Lido meet a little jewel of the lagoon, San Lazzaro degli Armeni island (2), dedicated to San Lazzaro, patron of leprous, in fact the island was a leper hospital at first. After few centuries of decay, at the beginning of the 18th century, a community of Armenian monks settled there. They turned the old building into a monastery.
The islands became an incredible cultural centre, world famous for the collection of books and the typography opened in 1789. Heading north, after passing by the island of Sant’Andrea (3) and Sant’Erasmo (4), get off at San Francesco del Deserto island (5), recognizable by a small cypress Wood, in the middle of the lagoon between Sant’Erasmo and Burano. Since 1227 it has housed a friary founded by San Francesco from Assisi on his way back from the Holy Land during the 5th crusade. It is here that the “Miracle of the birds” took place. The tour starts from the little church and small cloister to a stroll in the beautiful garden.

 

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Historical Fortifications in the Lagoon

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The Serenissima Republic and the French and Austrian empires contributed to build the fortifications over time in order to protect the city and the lagoon. In 810 the lagoon itself, difficult to navigate due to the presence of shoals and sandbanks, was the main safeguard of Venice. With the growing influence of the Serenissima Republic, the protection of the city was entrusted to the fleet of the Arsenal that served as a fortress and garrison house.
Centuries later several other defensive structures were also built around the lagoon. The fortification system in the lagoon includes: Sant’Andrea Fort (1), definitely one of the most suggestive defensive buildings, that rises at the Venice main entrance from the sea in front of Lido to control the access from the sea, where enemy fleets were held back with artillery back in the days. A little north of Sant’Andrea there is the Maximilian Tower (2) in Sant’Erasmo island. This fortress was built by the Austrians during the second half of the XIX century. Going north you come across the Forte Vecchio (Old Fort) (3) located in Treporti that used to control the water access to the northern sector of the lagoon.

 

 

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Unspoiled Lagoon

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Board the Bora cruiser in St. Mark’s area (1). Cruise around the south-east part of Venice towards the Island of Certosa (2), an authentic oasis of peace whose peculiar vegetation is a significant environmental heritage. Pass by the cultivated island of Le Vignole (3). Arrive to the typical salt marshes of Sant’Erasmo (4), thevegetable garden of Venice that offers some well-known specialties such as the “carciofo violetto” (violet artichoke). This island is extremely important to the ecology of the lagoon as it encourages water exchange, moderates wave action and hosts a flourishing vegetation. The cruise will continue towards the Northern Lagoon, house to fish farms and the villages of Treporti (5), Lio Piccolo (6), Lio Maggiore (7) and Le Mesole (8).


This whole area is full of beauty and charm, undisputed kingdom of a rich flora and lacustrine
fauna, characterized by the presence of pink flamingos.

 

 

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