The island of Vignole

On the island of the "seven vineyards" for a relaxing break

The island of Vignole is another not so well known corner of the Venetian Lagoon and, just like the neighbouring Sant'Erasmo island, is a strip of land devoted to horticulture.

A vacation place for the first Venetians, formed by two distinct islands connected by a narrow canal, few inhabitants now live on Vignole in scattered houses interspersed by cultivated fields.

Once named Biniola, or even "the seven vineyards", the island was a holiday destination first for the inhabitants of Altino and then for those of Venice. The most important building of the island is the 7th century church of Sant'Eurosia, sided by a small bell tower, whose architectural simplicity makes it a unique example in the Venetian Lagoon, a rare testimony of a spirituality linked to rural traditions.

Military presence is also important: in addition to a long building once used as a powder keg, Vignole is connected by a bridge to Sant'Andrea Island where the eponymous fort stands, built for defensive purposes in the 16th century, designed by Michele Sanmicheli.

Located about a kilometre east to Venice, the island of Vignole is easily accessible by line 13 of the ACTV public transport service.

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