The island of Pellestrina is located south of Lido di Venezia. Despite the fact it is not the most famed destination in the Venetian Lagoon, the island is worth visiting, in particular during the Pellestrina Regatta, in early August, a sports event which coincides with a long awaited religious celebration: the feast of Madonna dell’Apparizione.

Four villages are located on the island, but there isn’t much sightseeing to do here. The overall sight, however, is worth appreciating: the small houses are painted with bright colors, generating an upbeat vibe. The island is also excellent for nature explorations: the pine forest and the neighboring areas are ideal for bird watching (in the Ca’Roman Nature Reverse). Shopping for handmade lace can also count as an option. All in all, Pellestrina remains an alternative to the richly historical and urbanized sites of the lagoon, enchanting visitors with the genuinely rural agrarian landscape.

Unsurprisingly, the most straightforward manner to get from Venice to Pellestrina is to take one of the water buses run by ACTV.

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