Bike tour and honey tasting on Santâ€™Erasmo island
Durations: 4 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
Let's bike through the "Orto di Venezia" (Venice's "vegetable garden"), biking through artichokes fields and farms, admiring the Venice skyline from a very unusual view and tasting honey uniquely produced on the island.
Bike along the island banks and fields and enjoy a rare view of Venice from an unusual spot. Experience the unique natural beauty of the island, appreciating the relaxed and traditional lifestyle of its few inhabitants. In fact, although being the largest island of the lagoon, Santâ€™Erasmo is populated by only 700 people, the majority of whom farm their own lands producing amazing fruits and vegetables.
One of most interesting crops is the typical purple-hued artichokes, a slow food Â® presidium â€śCarciofo Violetto di Sant'Erasmoâ€ť. Another typical activity in the island is beekeeping: bees enjoy the amazing variety of flowers growing on the salty soil, and they produce a unique kind of honey which you will be able to taste.
While biking you will appreciate the variety of crops grown by local farmers as well as beautiful wild landscapes while spotting the belfries of Venice from afar.
Day 1 : Let's bike in the Venice's vegetable garden
We will reach the Sant'Erasmo island, also known as the "Venice's vegetable garden", thanks to a 30 minutes Vaporetto ride through the lagoon. Once a rural retreat for aristocrats and the main source of vegetable and fruit supplies for the Republic of Venice, the island is now a tourist-free refuge for Venetian families as well as a unique natural highlight of the northern lagoon.Ride a bike!
Once landed, we will walk through a small road passing canals and ditches, towards the bike rental place, where we can get our countryside bikes.A circular fort facing the lagoon
The tour will start from a 19th century fort sometimes used for art exhibitions and surrounded by a stagnant moat, started by the Napoleonic regime and finished by the Austrian.Biking through the island
We will bike along the lagoon, vegetables fields and saltmarshes admiring views of the San NicolĂ˛ harbour mouth at Lido island, Punta Sabbioni and passing through fields enriched by typical rural dwellings.Visit to a local honey producer
In this unique island, not only vegetables and fruits taste better but also flowers, and bees know it very well! We will visit to a little family owned apiary producing local saltmarsh honey.Crossing the island by bike
We will reach the northern part, facing across the water and mud banks towards the islands of Burano, whose coloured houses can just be distinguished, and San Francesco del Deserto, a monastery inhabited by Franciscan monks.A church facing the lagoon
We will visit one of the few notable buildings on the island, the church, in front of the calm lagoon waters.Return to Venice
We will get back to Venice Fondamente Nove by water bus or you can decide to stay on the island of lunch or dinner in a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the lagoon.
Use of bicycle
Visit at a local honey producer
Nature and interpretive guide & tour leader
Meeting point in Venice Fondamente NoveÂ
- Water bus ticket to Sant'Erasmo island. Tickets will be purchased on-board.
- Tip or gratuity
- The experience is private or in very small groups up to 8 participants. In case you wish a customized private experience, please let us know in advance!
- Accessibility: the experience is meant to be inclusive and accessible: if you are a traveller with motor, sensorial or cognitive disabilities, please let us know in advance and we will make our best to meet your needs.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not stroller accessible
- Not suitable for pets
- Infant seats available: please contact us in advance
- Not recommended for people with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not recommended for people with heart conditions
- Sunscreen & cap