WHAT TO SEE ON THE ISLAND
- Santa Maria del mare, the green lung to the north of the island which is rich in fruit trees
- San Piero in Volta, where there are the eighteenth-century churchs, low houses, vineyards and fresh vegetable gardens.
- Portosecco, where in summer you will often meet women sitting outside the door of their house to chat while they are creating fantastic bobbin lace.
- Pellestrina is the main town of the island and is formed by two main roads; one runs parallel to the sea while the other to the lagoon and are connected to each other by streets, squares and courtyards where you will see colourful houses in a row overlooking the Venetian lagoon. The town is divided into districts and each area takes the name of the four noble families of Chioggia… (Busetto, Vianello, Zennaro and Scarpa) of which the Podestà of Chioggia sent there in 1380 after the end of the war that saw Venice opposed to Genoa and where Pellestrina was devastated. So, a new flourishing period began for the island with the construction of new civil and religious works. The island belonged to Chioggia until 1797, then it was declared an autonomous municipality but the will of the inhabitants was to belong to the municipality of Venice and they succeeded in 1923, when the island became a fraction of Venice.
- Ca’ Roman is the southernmost point of the island, surrounded by sand dunes and a dense forest, where there is a natural oasis where about 200 species of birds nest and pass through, including the fratino and the fraticello. It’s a Lipu nature reserve.
fishing boats of Pellestrina
fishing nets in Pellestrina
DISCOVER PELLESTRINA BY BIKE
You pedal through a long beach which is wild and uncrowded along the Murazzi. A dam built by the Republic of Venice in the eighteenth century, in Istrian stone built to defend the island from the force of the sea and erosion. Cycling to Ca’ Roman you can see Chioggia.
Do not leave the island without having seen one of its beautiful sunsets, it is a wonderful free show that nature gives you.
THE LACE OF PELLESTRINA
THE KITCHEN AND THE ISLAND FESTIVALS
- the Feast of Saint Peter at the end of June
- the feast of Our Lady of the Apparition on August 4 of each year
- the festival of Santo Stefano ends August 15, you can find several dishes of fresh fish
- the Pellestrina regatta is held on the first Sunday of August and attracts many people every year
If you want to visit other islands of the Venetian lagoon I recommend Murano, Burano and Torcello.
HOW TO GET THERE
- from Venice From Venice you have to take the vaporetto (Water bus) to the Lido, then from the Lido the bus nr. 11 to Alberoni where the ferry boat is ready to ferry you to Santa Maria del Mare and then continue to Pellestrina, the southernmost part of the island (if you do not have the Venezia Unica card the cost is 7.50£ each way)
- from Chioggia take the vaporetto nr. 11 that leads directly to Pellestrina
WHERE TO HIRE A BICYCLE
- Ape Tours Via Vianelli 436/437 Pellestrina tel 041/5277253
- Vi.Sca srl Via Sest Busetti 1 Pellestrina te. 041/967591
WHERE TO EAT
Taverns and restaurants offer delicacies based on fresh fish: from mussels to scallops, from backs to shrimps, from grills to fries in short, there is something for all palates.
- Da Celeste,Sestier Vianelli 625, Pellestrina
- Le Valli Agriturismo Ittiturismo, Strada Comunale della Laguna Pellestrina tel. 041/5279189
- Ostaria la Rosa, Sestier Zennari 656/b Pellestrina tel. 041/967032
WHERE TO SLEEP
- Locanda Stravedo, Via Laguna 190/191 San Pietro in Volta
- Agriturismo Le Valli, tel. 041/5279189