During summer, the big walking crowds in Venice, slowly marching through narrow streets and under a boiling sun, can make you feel like you’re suffocating. There are days when getting out of the huddle becomes indispensable, that’s why you shouldn’t think twice and head to La Certosa Island.
Looking at the Venice map this island is located right in front of San Piero di Castello, and it’s actually easy to reach by vaporetto lines 4.1, 4.2 or 5.1 and 5.2. In the past centuries, the island used to host convents and military structures, until massive renovation works took place beginning in the late 90s, mostly thanks to the initiative and passion of several local citizens associations and EU funds.
The island is now freely accessible and has been transformed into a wide green area where people can enjoy sunny days lying on the grass, watching the dogs and children running free and breathe some fresh air. Local people often reach la Certosa by boat, as a long dock surrounds it, and eases the access by water. A restaurant and public toilets are also there, in case of need. This is today the spot I prefer to spend some time away from crowds for a picnic in the open air with friends.