We recommend you to visit the island of Sant’Erasmo by bike, so you can move freely. But if you forgot it at home, don’t worry: there are many bike rentals in our area and also on the island itself. Leave in the morning - it’s the best time, and despite the summer sun there’s still a little cool night breeze - and reach the landing stage of the Ricevitoria in Treporti to take the line 13.
Once you get off in Sant’Erasmo you’ll be impressed by its rural aspect and by the silence of the surrounding vegetable plantations (among which the famous violet artichoke of Sant’Erasmo), vineyards and orchards, interrupted only by woods and canals, by some old fish farm or by some isolated house, immersed in a rarefied atmosphere, almost suspended in a time that is not aware of modern development.
A route suitable for everyone
Whether by bike, by foot or ready for some Nordic Walking, we advise you to be comfortably dressed because it will be a ring-route on paved road and on dirt road lasting about 2 hours and a half.
Get off at the first stop: Punta Vela and go on along the bank of the canal, following the same direction of the water bus you just left. Reach the iconic Chiesa del Cristo Re (The Church of Christ the King), built in the XX century, and then enter into the fields and vineyards. Just before you turn toward the Torre Massimiliana (Maximilian Tower), you can stop at the famous Wine bar ‘Orto di Venezia’ to sip their excellent white wine under the shade of the trees.
If you wish to eat some “cicheti” (if you want to nibble something) on the banks of the lagoon, you can go on up to Punta del Bacan where you can find the beach with a kiosk, that the Venetians usually reach by motorboat. At the back of the beach stands majestically the historical Torre Massimiliana, renowned for hosting the Archduke Maximilian of Austria during the revolt of 1848 and then used as Telemetric Tower until the Second World War.