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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Isola di Murano

Isola di Murano

Isola di Murano, is located in the northern lagoon and is world famous for its glass-making industry, attracting many tourists. It is composed of seven small islands, linked by bridges and eight channels. It lies about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) north of Venice and...

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Isola di Burano

Isola di Burano

Isola di Burano, is renowned for its lace work and picturesque brightly coloured homes. Its primary economy is now tourism and is a popular destination; often combined with a visit to the other islands of Murano and Torcello,       Above: Isola di Burano,...

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Lazzaretto Vecchio

Lazzaretto Vecchio

Lazzaretto Vecchio, established in 1423, was Venice’s first quarantine and hospital facility, for leprosy and then the bubonic plague. The small island of 2.53 hectares (6.3 acres), lies very close to the inner side of the Lido, opposite the Via Riva del Corinto, a...

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Lazzaretto Nuovo

Lazzaretto Nuovo

Lazzaretto Nuovo, particularly during years of plague outbreak, served as a quarantine island and “decontamination centre"; before sailors and their cargo, were allowed onward passage to Venice and other destinations. The small island is about 9 hectares in size; 3 Km...

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Isola di Poveglia

Isola di Poveglia

Isola di Poveglia has served over the centuries as a safe haven, military base, mental hospital, plague quarantine island and mass grave. Today, Poveglia still maintains its frightening reputation and some locals still believe this “Island of Ghosts”, is riddled with...

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