"A relaxing place to stay or visit" Sant Erasmo by suvanki

Sant Erasmo Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 53 photos

Sant' Erasmo

Looking for cheap accomodation in Venice, I came across Il Lato Azzurro. This B&B was on Sant' Erasmo. I hadn't heard of this place, but after a quick check in my guide book and Googling Sant' Erasmo, I knew that this was a place where I wanted to stay

Sant' Erasmo or the Isolo di Sant' Erasmo is the largest island in the Northern Venetian lagoon, (so larger than Venice itself) laying to the North East of Venice.

It was known for many years (along with its neighbouring island of Vignole) as orto di Venezia - Venices Garden.It is still known as the agricultural or garden island. The flat land being ideal for growing good quality fruit and vegetables, for supplying the markets and restaurants of Venice.
Artichokes (carciofi) are especially renowned. Many different varieties are grown here all year round.

Look on the market stalls for signs marked 'San Rasmo' or 'nostranno', which indicate that the produce was grown on this island.

In Roman times Sant' Erasmo was a 'playground' for holidaying nobility, from Altinum or Altino (which no longer exists) on the mainland. There were Villas built to accommodate these visitors.
In the 8th century, it became a port for Murano. Its position facing out to sea meant it had control of boats entering the waterways to Venice, and it was known as Lido della Mercede-The Payment shore.
It has also been known as Isola Alba - The Island of Dawn, due to its light colouring from the sand dunes

There aren't any architectural 'must sees'. Although there is a church, a small cemetery and a 19th century fort (Torre Massimiliana), which now holds art exhibitions.

A small beach and nearby pizzeria are popular at weekends with Venetians who arrive in their small boats or by Vaporetto. Here you'll see the youths of Venice, showing off in their speed boats.

For many years, the island had been abandoned and neglected, but there has been a programme of renovation, with local social committes working to improve the area.

Sant' Erasmo remains untouched by tourism (for the time being!)

The attraction is the chance to walk or cycle along the quiet roads, passing by fields and vineyards, remote farmhouses and views across the lagoon to the islands and Venice in the distance.
Canals are lined with grassy banks, some with scented flowers and shrubs.Cypress, laurel and pine trees; acacia, tamarisk and sambuca plants are seen. Wading birds and water fowl inhabit the shoreline, particularly around the small marina. Herons are often spotted here.

It's quite difficult to imagine You are so close to the bustle of Venice - just 25 minutes away by Vaporetto No 13.

The Garden Island - Sant Erasmo

Sant' Erasmo is the place to get away from things and unwind.

Il Lato Azzurro is the only accommodation on the island as far as I know, and offers cheap comfortable rooms. There are bikes and kayaks for hire here. There are some cultural events held here (see my accommodation tips)

On the 1st Sunday of October each year, there is a Festival - Sagra del mosto di Sant' Erasmo and Boat regatta for mixed teams.

To Visit or To Stay??

I chose to stay here as I was looking for cheap accommodation in or near Venice, I didn't need to be near to San Marco and Venices main attractions, and this appeared to be quite different to places that I'd visited near Venice.

It takes about 25 minutes to reach Venice by Vaporetto (No. 13), which lands at Fondamente Nuova (Canareggio sestieri). Near to the stop for the Aguilina boat to San Marco Airport.

Fondamente Nuova is directly above San Marco "as the crow (or pigeon!) flies", but for those relying on the vaporetto- circular lines 41, 42, 51, 52 take You to San Zaccaria (check which direction the vaporetto is heading if You want the quicker or the longer trip)

So for those on a quick visit to Venice, who want to see as many of the 'must sees' as possible, this is probably not the best place to stay.

For those who have more time to spare, or have visited Venice many times, or want a cheap, peaceful retreat to recharge their batteries, then this might be the place for You.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Somewhere to unwind, No tourism,
  • Cons:Some might think it's too far from Venice - or nothing to do
  • In a nutshell:A different view of Venice
  • Last visit to Sant Erasmo: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Great page! when i go to Venice again I will stay in Sant Erasmo!

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Jan 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Hi! Yes, I really enjoyed my stay on Sant' Erasmo! A relief during summer from the bustle of Venice. I enjoyed the peace and quiet as well as the journey to and from the island - it gave a very different perspective to Venice.


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