La Certosa

A small paradise just a few minutes from Venice

La Certosa is an island in the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon and owes its name to an ancient monastery of Carthusian monks.
The history of this island, which has an area of around 20 hectares, is closely linked to the presence of religious groups, who lived on the island along with a group of farmers who carefully worked the land, respectful of the natural wonders of this spot in the Lagoon, not far from the Lido and the city of Venice.

In the 19th century, with the introduction of measures by Napoleon, the monks were driven away from the monastery, the island's works of art were looted and it became a military outpost before being permanently abandoned halfway through the 20th century. The only remaining historic building is the seventeenth century Casello delle polveri, where once upon a time military ammunition was stored, but which today is a venue for summer events.

For about a decade the island has been going through a phase of redevelopment, with the establishment of a park that enhances the island's rich environmental heritage, where wild goats and rabbits find shelter among white poplars, ash trees, mulberry trees, fruit-bearing plants and coastal rushes.

Visitors of La Certosa can go on bike rides or get out on the water in a kayak or sailboat. A hotel has been offering visitors the opportunity to stay overnight on this tranquil island for some time now and the nautical centre can harbour up to 300 boats.

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