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Sant’Erasmo, Venice
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Time Out says

An island of vegetable gardens, military ruins and famed cuisine.

The largest island in the northern lagoon, Sant’Erasmo is a well-kept secret with a tiny population that contents itself with growing most of the vegetables eaten in La Serenissima (on Rialto market stalls, the sign ‘San Rasmo’ is a mark of quality). Venetians refer to the islanders of Sant’Erasmo as i matti (‘the crazies’) because of their shallow gene pool – everybody seems to be called Vignotto or Zanella.

There are also some restaurants, and a fishermen’s bar-trattoria Ai Tedeschi – but the main attraction of the island lies in the beautiful country landscapes and lovely walks past traditional Veneto farmhouses, through vineyards and fields of artichokes and asparagus – a breath of fresh air after all the urban crowding of Venice.


Vaporetto Capannone, Chiesa or Punta Vela
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