You can follow nature trails, learn to fish with ancient techniques, discover the species of fish that populate the lagoon, chat with the locals, take part in traditional festivals that tell the history of these places.
And how can we contradict him? Sant’Erasmo, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Vignole Vecchie are the evocative names of some of the less known islands in the north of the Venetian lagoon. These islands are not that far from the crowded Saint Mark’s Square, but they certainly are not included in the routes of mass tourism that each day pours into Venice. But the Lagoon is ready to unveil all its beauty to whoever wishes to explore it discretely, mingling with the locals, taking their time to get to know and love it.
You only have to start your journey following these itineraries that reveal the uniqueness of the territories of the North of the Lagoon, and leading the visitor towards the gradual and conscious discovery of this extraordinary natural environment, with the small local communities who have lovingly inhabited and transformed it throughout the centuries.
Venice for families
Venice is really a city fit for children: if your kids are tired of walking, you can always have a break in one of the campi (Venice’s squares) to play in the open air, or reach one of the parks of the historic city centre, when the weather allows it. Even a ride on a waterbus or on a gondola will be an exciting experience for the whole family.
If you are looking for a quiet place, far from the crowds in Saint Mark’s Square, why not go for a nice bicycle tour on the island of Lido di Venezia and along the coast of the island of Pellestrina? And it’s certainly worthwhile to visit the ancient settlement of Malamocco, that looks onto the coast of Lido, between the sea and the lagoon.
Saint Mark’s Area
With this itinerary you can visit Saint Mark’s Campanile and see the square from above, the Doge’s Palace, admire the mosaics in the Basilica and go round the shops in Calle delle Mercerie.
Eastern Castello district
The vastest green area of the whole city is in the eastern part of the Castello district. Here you can go along streets lined by trees without meeting any obstacles.
The Island of Murano, in three itineraries: Murano Colonna, Murano Museo and Murano Faro.
In Murano you will be enchanted by the ancient glassblowing techniques in one of the many glassworks on the island.
In fact, thanks to the public transport service, the majority of the most beautiful and striking places in Venice are accessible without encountering any barriers.
The itineraries without barriers – created by the City of Venice Città per tutti service – suggest a range of specific routes for discovering the most monumental areas of the historic city centre, such as Saint Mark’s area and the island of Murano, an obligatory stop, to see the glassmaking, but also other more hidden and less frequented parts of the city, like the residential eastern part of the Castello district.
Each itinerary also provides precise indications on the accessibility of the artistic sites and of each individual monument in the city, without omitting any information the tourist with motor disability may require: from the description of the route, to locating the public toilets and the possibility of visiting museums.