Sant’Erasmo, an island where time seems to have stopped
An island, not far from the campsite, that worth for sure a visit is Sant’Erasmo, especially if you love cycling and discover less-known places far from tourist attractions. Here our suggestions to plan your visit and discover this island, where time seems to have stopped.
How to go
You can easily get to Sant’Erasmo by a 20-30 mins boat ride from Treporti. Take line 13 ACTV (available all year long) and take your bicycle on board! You will need it during your trip…
Good to know
- After Venice, Sant’Erasmo is the biggest island of the Venetian lagoon, long more than 4 km and narrow between 500 meters and 1 kilometer. Here the view on the lagoon is amazing: you can admire from one side the islands of Burano and Lazzaretto Vecchio from other one the islands of Vignole and Murano, but also the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti and Lido di Venezia
- Today really few people live there (around 800), mainly devoted to agriculture. The island is in fact traditionally known as the “vegetable garden of Venice”, built by the Serenissima to cultivate fresh fruits and vegetables. Nowaday Sant’Erasmo is famous for the cultivation of artichokes (remember the “castraure” and the “carciofo violetto”), thistles and asparagus, but also for the wine production, that once took a large part of its activity
- Sant’Erasmo is one of the few islands of the Venetian lagoon where it is allowed to drive cars, even if only residents can do it. In fact the island is not connected to the mainland by a ferry boat service and vehicles are brought to Sant’Erasmo with large boats called “Topo” and stay there as long as they are usable
- Because it’s sparsely populated, in Sant’Erasmo you can find only a minimarket, a bar-pizzeria, a restaurant, a guesthouse, a church and an elementary school: here dominate vegetable gardens and vineyards, the real beauty of this island.