VENETIAN ISLE BY BIKE
If you want to spend some days away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in a magical place where time seems to have stopped, the islands of the Venetian lagoon are a good choise.
The second largest island, after Venice is St. Erasmus. Geographically located between Murano, Burano and Punta Sabbioni, enjoy an extraordinary panorama and is predominantly populated by vegetable gardens and vineyards and orchards. So, since the time of the Serenissima Republic, have maintained nickname “Vegetable Garden of Venice”.
Still retains its agricultural vocation and the few remaining residents continue to carry on the traditions and preserve this green oasis that still manages to escape the mass tourism that invades Venice and other islands.
Coming down from the vaporetto stop “Capannone” you will find a road, 1 km long, that takes you straight to the beach. Along the road on the right you will see the island of Vignole views of the lagoon very picturesque. Below you will find the Tower Massimiliana, a massive Habsburg military fortification, overlooking the mouth of the Lido, restored by the Venice Water Authority and open to the public in 2004. The Tower, managed by the Institution Lagoon Park (municipal entity for the creation of a natural park in the North Lagoon of Venice), overlooking the beach of the ‘bacan’ where the Venetians, with their boats, go for tradition to make the bath and summer picnics. Here are often allestitite art exhibitions.
When you passed the restaurant on the beach “Tedeschi”, on the left you will see a small path that runs along the beach. From this side of the island you can see the mouth of the Lido, where the sea meets the lagoon and just ahead Punta Sabbioni. After about two miles, at the restaurant Ca Vignotto continue along the road that runs along the lagoon until you reach the end of the island. From here you can see very closely Burano, the island’s private Crevan Treporti.
From here begins the wildest part of the island. The cultivation of vegetables (including the famous purple artichoke St. Erasmus), vineyards and orchards, are interrupted only by woods and canals, some ancient fishpond or somewhere isolated cottage, nestled in the rarefied atmosphere and almost suspended in time that seems to have forgotten a real dimension.
At this point the road is interrupted and you have to go back for about 400 meters until you find another street to your right, following at some point you will end up on the paved road and continue for a few meters you will arrive at the stop in Punta Vela from where you can admire the island of St. Francesco Isle in all its glory.
Continue your journey along this road until you reach the sports field and turn left up down the road. Turn right (practically back a little bit back into the interior of the island), lengthen the path a bit, but you cross an uninhabited area where the natural vegetation is lush. At the end of the street make a U-turn and continue until you reach again the restaurant Ca ‘Vignotto. Arriving at the Church of “Cristo Re” can take the ferry that will take you back to the bus stop “Capannone”, our starting point.
You will spend an unforgettable day and it will be difficult to return to the chaotic dimension of our cities.
The route is 16 km and completely flat.
The bicycle can be rented at St. Erasmo in the B & B Lato Azzurro.
In Venice using the service Te ‘presto na bici in Venetian means Rent a bike – you just hand over identification,’ll get that upon return of the vehicle . The service is available in lots of Mestre parking parking . For more information visit the ASM venice
Another initiative from May to September – on request – ACTV, the company for the local public transport is Boat and bike, an initiative that allows you to explore the islands around Venice by bike along a route designed for all outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists who want to reach with your bike the most beautiful places of the lagoon of Venice
To reach the island of Sant ‘Erasmo instead from the historic center of Venice, the dock Fondamenta Nuove, about a ten minute walk from Rialto, get on with bicycle – the ACTV line 13 in half an hour to arrive stop Capannone.