Sant Erasmo Island (Venice)

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Sant Erasmo is the vegetable island of Venice. It is famous for its artichokes, which are sold at the Rialto market in the centre of the city. After a few days in Venice, a city with a lot of stone and cement, noise and little green space, Sant Erasmo is a welcome change and a great destination for an excursion. The quiet island is sparsely populated and largely covered with meadows and fields. Only 600 inhabitants live on Sant Erasmo on an area of 3 kmē. Rural life, only 30 waterbus minutes from Venice in the most famous lagoon in the world. The island of Sant Erasmo is often referred to as the "Garden of Venice" or the "vegetable island of Venice".

Sant Erasmo (in Italian Sant'Erasmo) is after the main island with the world famous old town the biggest island of Venice. On the island there are three Veporetto stations (water bus jetties). You can get off at the first station and walk to the last on foot. It is a hike of 1.5 to 2 hours. With a detour to the sights, the beach and / or a stop at a guesthouse, it can easily take 3 to 5 hours. A prefect day trip.

There are only two restaurants on the island Sant Erasmo, during the day even as far as we know only one trattoria is open. It is the Ai Tedeschi in the south of the island close to the tower Torre Massimiliano. The first of the three water bus stops (Capannone Torre) is only a few hundred metres away. Ai Tedeschi offers honest, simple Italian cuisine. The prices in the trattoria, bar and pizzaria are low for Venice. Also the wine tastes good.

In front of the Ai Tedeschi there is a small beach, so on a hot day you can also swim in the sea of the lagoon.

In the Torre Massimiliano are sometimes exhibitions of art. The brick tower was built for military reasons. During a walk through the island you can see some ponds and with a little luck rare birds.

On the many fields of the vegetable island Sant'Erasmo the well-known vegetable grows. Popular among the locals are the green, very thin asparagus (spareselle) and the purple artichokes (castraure). Also wine is cultivated a lot, as well as other vegetables like cauliflower, green salad and much more. The products of Sant Erasmo are very popular in the markets of Venice. The vegetables, despite the higher prices than imports, find enough buyers because of the high quality.

As on the island Sant Erasmo there is only a small shop with groceries and one restaurant that is open during the day, you should take some drinks and something to eat with you on the excursion. A nice picnic place can be found on the island. Also cycling is allowed on Sant Erasmo, in contrast to Venice. There are also a few accommodations on Sant Erasmo, at least one guesthouse has a bicycle rental as far as we know.

Arrival by water bus to Sant Erasmo

All three jetties of the water buses are located in the north of the island of Sant'Erasmo and are served one after the other by the scheduled ships. The departures from and to Venice are frequent during the day, the journey time is about 30 minutes.

Buy day tickets for the ships on the Internet

For many tourists who do not speak Italian, it is not easy to buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetti) in Venice. But you can also buy the tickets in advance on the Internet. Operating the ticket machines in Venice is complicated for many foreigners. If you find an advance booking office, there are often language problems. Moreover, the queues at the advance booking offices and vending machines are often very long.

On the following website you can buy the tickets. We particularly recommend the relatively inexpensive tickets for 48 and 72 hours. These are also valid for the waterbuses to Sant Erasmo and to all other islands in the lagoon with public transport.

>>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Map of Sant-Erasmo Venice

The island is larger than the other islands in the area.

Short video Sant Erasmo by bike

Impressions taken by a cyclist on the island.

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Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.

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