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11 Islands to explore in Veneto


The area was a part of the Roman Empire until the 5th century AD. Although being a heavily industrialised region, tourism is one of its main economic resources; one-fifth of Italy's foreign tourism gravitates towards Veneto, which is the first region in Italy in terms of tourist presence, attracting over 60 million visitors every year, second after Emilia-Romagna in terms of hotel industry structures.

AlbarellaAlbarella, 45010 Isola Albarella, Province of Rovigo, Italy

The island of Albarella is an island located in the northern Adriatic Sea, near the Po delta. The island measures 3.5 km in length by 1.5 in width; the extension is approximately 528 hectares, with 152 inhabitants at the 2001 census. It is believed that its formation is due to the accumulation of debris brought by the floods of the Po river. Albarella is located in the territory of the Po Delta Regional Park.

BuranoBurano, 30142 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Burano is actually an archipelago, just like Venice, it has four small islands connected by bridges and crossed by three canals and it's located on the northern end of Venetian Lagoon, near the island of Torcello. Burano is famous for its colored houses and for lace production. The island is linked to Mazzorbo by a bridge. The current population of Burano is about 2,400. It is one of the main attractions in this area.

GiudeccaGiudecca, 30133 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Giudecca was a beautiful island area characterized by large palazzos with gardens. In the early 20th century, it evolved into an industrial zone with shipyards, factories, and even a film studio. It lies immediately south of the central islands of Venice. Even though the island is a neighborhood of Venice, it is still quite different from the more popular part of the city and is not yet as crowded with tourists as Venice is.

Isola di San Michele
Isola di San MicheleIsola di San Michele, 30121 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

A beautiful island which was in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. The island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi's Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island, which also served for a time as a prison.

MuranoMurano, 30141 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Murano is an island located northeast of Venice, along the Canal Marani. It has about 5600 inhabitants and is composed of seven smaller islands separated by canals and rivers, linked by bridges. It was founded between the 5th and the 7th century and it became the manufacturing centre for Venetian glass, exported in large quantities to all of Europe.

PellestrinaPellestrina, 30126 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Pellestrina is an island in the Venetian Lagoon and represents the southernmost of the three narrow coasts that divide the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Its territory is included in the Municipality of Lido-Pellestrina. the island stretches from south to north for11 km, but it is much narrower in fact it is wide from a minimum of only23 m to a maximum of 1.2 km. It is one of the picturesque locations in this area and slowly getting famous among the tourists.

PovegliaPoveglia, 30126 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

A small and beautiful island which was located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. The island first appears in the historical record in 421 and was populated until the residents fled warfare in 1379. Visits to the island are prohibited, but various books and articles discuss visits by a writer and/or photographer. One of the latter described a place of "peace and serenity".

San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio MaggioreSan Giorgio Maggiore, 30133 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church on the island of the same name in Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore's gleaming white facade faces across the basin of San Marco to the great piazza. Built as part of the Benedictine monastery on the island. The island, or more specifically its Palladian church, is an important landmark. It has been much painted, featuring for example in a series by Monet.

Sant'ErasmoSant'Erasmo, 30141 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Sant'Erasmo is an island in the Venetian Lagoon that is located northeast of Lido Island and east of Venice, Italy. though it's only sparsely populated. For years this has been Venice's countryside, the agricultural zone which produces the fruit and vegetables consumed by the hungry city. The island is a long strip of land running from the south-west to the north-east. There is a ferry service to this island.

TorcelloTorcello, 30142 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Torcello is an island in the northern Venetian lagoon. It was one of the oldest and most prosperous settlements in the lagoon, until the decline following the predominance of nearby Venice and the changing environmental conditions. Currently, the island has just eleven residents, but the inestimable archaeological heritage it still preserves makes it a very popular tourist spot.

TronchettoTronchetto, 30135 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

The Tronchetto or Island Nova is an artificial island in the Venetian Lagoon western end of Venice and to this connected. The study for the construction of the island was started in 1956 by the engineer Eugenio Miozzi. The island now serves as the terminal of the automobile road network together with the contiguous Piazzale Roma. There are car parks, a tourist terminal and the ferry connections to the Lido of Venice depart from here.

Map of Islands to explore in Veneto