Sant Erasmo is a nice place to view the sun setting over the Lagoon, Venice and its nearby islands- whether You're staying on Sant' Erasmo, or catching a late moto sciaffo back to Venice or one of the nearby lagoon islands such as Murano. My first night on Sant' Erasmo, from the terrace of my hostel I saw that the sun was starting to set, so ran...more
This 19th Century Fort is one of Sant' Erasmos' few landmarks. It was originally built by Napoleonic troops, then finished during Austrian occupation. Archduke Maximillian sought refuge here (hence it's name!)After restoration by the Venice Water Authority, this is now a social centre for the 8,000 inhabitants of the island. Exhibitions are held...more
The small beach on Sant' Erasmo is popular with Italians/Venetians especially at weekends or on public holidays. I mistakenly thought that the tiny mud beach near the tower was 'The Beach' I hadn't realised that if I walked a bit further along there was another sandy beach.I didn't get chance to sunbathe here, as when I first arrived it was early...more
I'd arrived too late at Il Lato Azzurro to book an evening meal, although Emanuele offered me a salad. He also mentioned that there was a pizzeria next to the beach that was about 5 minutes walk away.I decided that I'd eat out that night - a glass of wine, a freshly baked pizza overloaded with fresh ingredients, hopefully a seafood variety, with a...more
Rumours of good six-course meals for 40 Euros at Ca'Vignotto on the island of Sant'Erasmo sounded tempting but obviously exaggerated - you just don't get six good courses in Venice for that price. But we wanted to escape the city crowds on Easter Sunday.In fact, six was an understatement! We lost count of the courses (due partly to the limitless...more
The attraction of Sant' Erasmo is that there ISN'T any night life! Often places are advertised as 'unspoilt' and they have half a dozen tavernas/ bars etc. catering for the tourists.
Here there is one pizzeria/ bar - which on the night I visited wasn't the most cheerful place to be. There is a restaurant, but not sure of opening times/ days.
Il Latto Azurro has some events, musical evenings etc- when guests are welcome to play/sing.
I particularly enjoyed sitting on the verandah, watching the sun go down, then as night fell, listening to the sounds from across the water, the cicadoes etc. With a can of beer from the fridge/bar in reception, a few olives, cheese and nuts, brought earlier in Brenzone (Lake Garda) and a book to read, I was quite happy. (I think cabin fever might have set in if I'd done this for more than a few nights though - I didn't see any other guests at night to chat to)
The last No 13 vaporetto from Venices Fondamente Nuevo leaves about 22.30 - check before You set off. The the night service continues, from a station at the other side of the bridge at FN. So if You want a livelier night, You can still stay out til the early hours in Venice, and return at sunrise!
Dress Code: Come as You are! I was there at the end of June, and it got a bit cool at night, one night was quite windy, but this might have been unusual.
Well I never thought that I would be able to say that I'd travelled by Water taxi in Venice, as a solo traveller the prices are out of my budget, and anyway I've enjoyed travelling by the Alilaguna water bus to/from the airport or by vaporetto.However, I was thrilled to get the chance, especially as it was so unexpected, and I didn't have to pay...more
Sant Erasmo can be explored by bike. These can be hired from Il Lato Azzurro (see my accom tips) and possibly from the wharf near the Capannone vaporetto stop. When I'd booked my accommodation, and realised that You could hire a bike to explore the narrow roads and sand dunes of the island, I imagined myself being taken back in time to a rural...more
Vaporetto No 13 from Fondamente Nuovo takes You to Sant Erasmo. It passes by, or calls at other islands en route. Check before boarding that this is going to the destination that you want (I think Lazzaretto Nuova is a 'request stop'). On one journey, we called at San Michelle, but not on another. Murano, Vignole, Lazzareto Nuova and 3 stops on...more
Luggage and bags:
If staying on Sant'Erasmo it is a 10 minute walk to Il Latto Azzuro - I ended up pulling my (heavy) case on wheels (This was my last destination in a 12 day trip to Italy) along the road in the heat of the June sun. If You phone ahead, the staff will collect You in their mini bus.
For a Day visit - a Day sac to carry your camera, food, drink etc. There is one pizzeria/bar (and a restaurant plus a small general store - which I didn't see) so bring food and drink (and anything else needed for Your day out ).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfy walking shoes, or suitable for cycling. Sant' Erasmo is quite exposed, so clothing to protect from the sun, and a warmer top for when those breezes hit the shoreline.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No pharmacy on Sant' Erasmo, so bring all essential medication with You - carry enough in case You're delayed getting back to Your hotel in Venice - bad weather/Vaporetto strikes could happen - it's only 25 mins away by vaporetto, not as if You're in the middle of no - where, but if You've left an asthma inhaler, insulin etc. in your hotel room expecting to be back 'on time' it could be a problem.
Sun protection, mossie repellent etc.
Photo Equipment: Whatever You need to capture the scenes across the lagoon, sunsets, birds etc. I'm not sure of the opening times of the one shop on the island, or if it stocks film or batteries etc.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I'm not sure if camping is allowed on Sant'Erasmo. There is a small beach, for sun bathing, swimming. Kayaks can be hired from Il Latto Azurro. Bikes can be rented from near the Vaporetto station and at Il Latto Azurro
Miscellaneous: Binoculars, for views of the neighbouring islands, birds etc.
Books, art equipment, puzzles, radio/ i-pod etc - If staying on the island, there is little to do, so this is your chance to catch up on your reading etc, and chill out. Il Latto Azurro has books, but they were mainly in Italian.
Vignole was once known as Isola delle Sette Vignole or The Island of Seven Vines. During the Serenismo times, the island was a place for day visits. Today it is important agriculturally Vignole is reached by Vaporetto No 13 (From Venices Fondamente Nuove or Murano (Faro), which calls here before heading to Sant' Erasmo. I'm afraid that I didn't get...more
Lazzaretto Nuovo is one of the lagoons uninhabited islands. It was once a quarantine island for ships crews that had travelled in from faraway lands, which had the plague! During the Venetian plague in 1576, the island held 10,000 victims. A reason to visit the island is to see the many archeological treasures, which date back to the late 1400sFor...more