Isola di Mazzorbo

Isola di Mazzorbo

Isola di Mazzorbo, about 10 kilometres NE of Venice; is connected by a wooden pedestrian bridge to Burano and is its sixth “sestiere”. Both islands have approximately the same size of about 0.2 km², but otherwise, the two islands are very different. Burano, the island...

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Lido di Venezia: Part 2

Lido di Venezia: Part 2

Lido di Venezia: Part 2, covers the island’s military role in the defence of Venice and its lagoon islands; together with the urbanisation and development of the island in the 19th and 20th centuries, as a suburb of Venice and its most famous holiday resort. Lido di...

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Lido di Venezia: Part 1

Lido di Venezia: Part 1

Lido di Venezia: Part 1. This post covers more general descriptive, historical and cultural information, to help maximise your appreciation of what the island has to offer. Just a few kilometres south of Venice, it has a quite different atmosphere and appeal; that...

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Lido di Pellestrina

Lido di Pellestrina

Lido di Pellestrina is a long thin island, forming a barrier or “lidi”; between the southern Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. To the north-west is the popular seaside resort of Lido di Venezia, separated by the Malamocco inlet to the lagoon. To the south is the...

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie, has been a hospice for pilgrims, a convent, powder store and a hospital for infectious disease. Currently it is a private regeneration and development project, with a theme of “well-being, rest and recuperation”.       INTRODUCTION...

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Sacca Sessola

Sacca Sessola

Sacca Sessola, an artificial island created in 1870, has been a fuel store, hospital and since 2015; a luxury hotel and spa resort. ;     INTRODUCTION Sacca Sessola, an artificial island created in 1870, has been a fuel store, hospital and since 2015; a...

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Isola di San Servolo

Isola di San Servolo

Isola di San Servolo, that once housed a monastery of Benedictine monks and later an asylum for the insane; is now home to a museum, Venice International University and the prestigious International College of Ca' Foscari University. It is a quiet and peaceful island,...

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La Certosa

La Certosa

La Certosa, close to Venice, yet abandoned since 1960; has now been developed into a fully serviced marina and green recreational space, popular with families and children and for hosting events.     Above: La Certosa, newly redeveloped with its marina and...

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Le Vignole

Le Vignole

Le Vignole is a sparsely populated island just 1km northeast of Venice; predominantly agricultural in nature, but also a military site with restricted access. It is a world away in character from the main city, yet close-by and rarely visited by tourists. It lies...

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Isola Santa Cristina

Isola Santa Cristina

Isola Santa Cristina, now a private island and luxury retreat, was once the largest island of the “Ammiana” archipelago in the northern lagoon; much of which has disappeared, due to environmental degradation, depopulation and submersion.      ...

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