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The experience in a nutshell
Type of the event
Food walk, Italian
Time of the event
2:30 PM (5 hours)
The host speaks
English, German & 1 more
Drinks & Beverages
A word about the experience
Let's bike through Venice's "vegetable garden", the island of Sant'Erasmo, which produces all the fruit and vegetables consumed by the hungry city! We will bike through artichokes fields and farms while admiring the Venice skyline from a very unusual point of view. All this activity will make us hungry and I will make sure you will taste the uniqueness of this island, thanks to a visit to a biological farm and a honey tasting session in a family owned apiary. Finally, we will taste some delicious grapes nectar in a local wine estate. In details: we will meet in Venice and we will reach Sant'Erasmo island, also known as the “Orto di Venezia” (Venice's vegetable garden), thanks to a 30 minutes Vaporetto ride through the lagoon. Then we will walk through a small road passing canals and ditches, towards the bike rental place, where we will board our countryside bikes. We will start discovering the island, the largest the Venetian lagoon, though it's only sparsely populated! Indeed less than seven hundred farmers still plow its fields supplying not only the typical purple-hued artichokes (“carciofo violetto di Sant'Erasmo”) but also asparagus, squash, tomatoes, and cardoons locals buy at the Rialto market and that you can enjoy in every Venice's restaurant. We will visit and taste this delicious vegetables in preserves, visiting a biological farm. We will continue biking through the flat landscape: therefore biking will be very easy and dotted with farms and rural small-holdings. It couldn't be more different from Venice, whose bell-towers and churches can be seen on the skyline. We will reach the northern part of the island, facing the water and mud banks towards the islands of Burano, whose colored houses can just be distinguished, and San Francesco del Deserto, a monastery inhabited by Franciscan monks. We will then reach one of the few notable building on the island, the church, facing the lagoon. In this extremely particular landscape, not only artichokes and vegetables taste special but also flowers! And bees know that very well. We will have the opportunity to try the special honey produced here, whose taste is unique! Our experience will end with a visit to a local winery and tasting special wine coming from the local vineyards.
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tastings & bike tour on Sant'erasmo island
Local honey tasting Not only vegetables have a special taste here but flowers too! And bees know that very well. We will visit a family owned apiary and taste unique honeys produced here, including "miele di barena" (saltmarsh honey), which can be produced by bees only in the lagoon.
Wine tasting We will end the tour by tasting a wine product in a local winery: obtained from ancient Italian vines, the vines are grown with traditional methods and respectful of the island specificness. The passion and tenacity of the owners made possible to recreate the ancestral drainage methods using the natural tides of the lagoon. We will say goodbye enjoying this nectar, also very appreciated by the doges and Casanova in past centuries