Discover the Venetian lagoon
Sant’ Erasmo is one of the largest and least known islands in the Venetian lagoon, reachable by vaporetto from Venice or from Ricevitoria Treporti.
Located in the center of the triangle formed by Murano, Burano and Punta Sabbioni, thanks to its position and the fertility of its soil, it is considered the pearl of the islands of the northern lagoon, together with the small island of San Francesco del Deserto.
The completely flat island has an extension of about 4 square kilometers, an elongated shape and is crossed by a single circuit road along the perimeter of the island.
From the main road, countless dirt paths branch off, winding through this exceptional marine countryside, getting lost in the blossoming of the vegetable gardens or along the coast.
The beauty of the island of Sant’ Erasmo can be discovered on foot or by bike.
It is known as the “Isola degli Orti” for its fertile soil and the abundant production of seasonal vegetables.
The sea air and the land are immersed in the salty scents of the lagoon which give the products a unique flavor.
Sant’Erasmo is a green oasis rich in tradition, where time seems to have stopped, everything flows at a slow pace, very few cars and small Ape cars circulating on the island.
An oasis of peace and tranquility where it is still possible to find intact countryside landscapes and the genuineness of the people who live and work the land manually. Even today, delicious vegetables and fruit with an unmistakable taste are produced here.
The island’s agricultural product par excellence is the violet artichoke from San Erasmo (Slow Food Presidium of Veneto).
In May, the “castraure” (the first flowers of the plant) become the protagonists of a picturesque village festival, transforming the island into a cheerful village.
The presence of the vineyards from which the Prosecco of Sant’ Erasmo is obtained is also very interesting.
Sant’ Erasmo is an unusual island, far from mass tourism, inhabited by residents who love and care for it.
An island to be discovered slowly how slow the changing of the seasons is.