After I found the monument to the bombing of the vaporetto Giudecca in Pellestrina yesterday, I spent some time exploring in this part of the lagoon.
Pellestrina looks so little on the map, but it is obviously a vibrant community.
I started my visit near the bottom end, walked for a while, then caught a bus to S.M. del Mare to join the ferry to Lido.
I got off the bus in Malamocco, to walk a bit more. I was able to see Poveglia, if only from a distance.
This island was recently put up for sale, but the attempt was thwarted by some concerned Venetians who didn’t want to see yet another (probably failed) attempt to build a luxury hotel. It has a rather interesting history, do yourself a favour and read a little of this article. asylum-ghosts-plague-history
In a quiet yard, I was treated to the sight of some sculptures that some of you may have seen in Venice itself.
And, a favourite little vehicle of many visitors to Italy, the 3 wheeled Ape.
I caught a bus back to Lido, then took the vaporetto to the Giardini stop. A very satisfying lunch of spaghetti con vongole (clams) at this trattoria on the Via Garibaldi, left me replete.
The remains of the feast.
I walked home to Campo Santo Stefano, trailing a cloud of garlic fumes, with a happy smile on my face, and a trace of olive oil on my chin.