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Le Vignole

Little island of gardens

Fort Sant'Andrea on Le Vignole

Located between Sant'Erasmo and La Certosa, the two Le Vignole islands, named after their vineyards, were once used by the ancient Romans and Venetians as summer resorts for the sake of their sea breezes (before the extension of the Lido di Cavallino, the Adriatic used to come right up to Le Vignole's shores).

The islands are linked by a pair of bridges; the eastern island, Sant'Andrea, has a fort designed by Michele Sanmicheli, which is still used by the Italian military and off limits to visitors.

The other Le Vignole is mainly inhabited by farmers who, like those on nearby Sant' Erasmo, supply vegetables to the city from gardens hidden amid luxuriant elders, poplars and hedges. Peacocks roam about freely, and there are many fences around the small holds, making it a rather difficult island for a casual visit. You can seek out the ruins of the ancient church of Santa Erosia, and eat at the Trattoria alle Vignole or the agriturismo Zangrando, famous for their sunset views of Venice and the lagoon.

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Vaporetto: 13 from the Fondamente Nove, Sant' Erasmo and Lazzaretto Novo.

Lagoon and islands

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Chris 73, Wikimedia Commons