An itinerary from Pellestrina to San Pietro in Volta.

Versione Italiana

It has been three years since my last visit to the island of Pellestrina; so long because from the end of 2019 onwards, so many things have changed for each of us, for some, definitely too many.

My roots, deeply rooted in this territory, have not let themselves be soaked by the healthy salt air, but also by those scents and colors that I love with every part of me, for more than 900 days.

Today, in this small chronicle, I tell you in words, but also with some shots, what has been one of the most beautiful pages of my photographic excursions. You can live or reshape this experience to your liking, always remembering to be responsible tourists.

If you are my loyal readers, you are all familiar with the territory of Pellestrina and San Pietro in Volta, its peculiarities, challenges and, above all, beauties. In fact, I have also talked about them here: “10 things to do in Pellestrina at least once in your life“.

ITINERARY (about 11 fantastic kilometers): On Monday, June 6th, 2022, I set off towards Chioggia, which I consider the ideal starting point to approach the island. Here we will find the Giove parking lot, which offers super convenient rates by parking the car on the top floor, open on the sides but well covered. The panorama from here will already leave you breathless.

Here is the map of the first stage, just over 1km, also through the heart of the city of Chioggia.

In this route, we will pass from the “Isola Saloni” to the historic center, taking one of the many alleys that connect the “Fondamenta del Canal Lombardo” to the Corso del Popolo. At the end of the latter, after passing by dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars, we will arrive at the landing stage in Piazza Vigo, where the ACTV Line 11 vaporetto will be waiting for us.

🟠 Please note 🟠 check the possibility of booking the boarding if you want to bring your bikes and remember that you can also rent one directly on the island.

Once you have purchased your ticket, wait for the boarding operations to begin and try to get seats on the rear terrace of the boat, the view will be exceptional. But even if you can’t get them, don’t worry, the panorama is beautiful from all other seats as well.

Fishing huts near Ca’ Roman.

If you are “adventurous,” you can add a wonderful stop to your discovery trip. In fact, by requesting a stop at Ca’ Roman in Pellestrina (see timetable notes), you will treat yourself to another 3 km of itinerary in close contact with the lagoon and the sea, never so close along the entire coastline, perhaps walking on top of the Murazzi as in the photo below, but remember that now it’s a forbidden practice to stay upon murazzi by walking.

Walking on top of the Murazzi, towards Ca’ Roman in Pellestrina.

Once this section is finished, either by foot or by boat, you will arrive at the island dock of the vaporetto, near the cemetery.

I highly recommend that you walk along the lagoon side of the island as much as possible, so as not to miss any of the views you’ll see in the pictures. Of course, if you feel the desire for the sea, you can look out on the opposite side and enjoy the view of the island coastline.
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L’insegna che vi accoglierà all’approdo

From here, simply continuing towards the Church of Ognissanti, recognizable by its silhouette that stands out over the village, you will approach the first stretch of the village. On the left, you will see a tall green house, turning left there and walking along the calle, you will arrive at the edge of the Piazza del Duomo di Ognissanti which, in addition to the homonymous church, also houses two commemorative monuments, one in memory of a beloved parish priest and the other, unfortunately more historically significant, which reminds us of a sad chapter of World War II, the sinking of the steamship Giudecca, right in the quiet water in front of the square.

The lagoon in front of the Church of Ognissanti.

Moving on, we will be overwhelmed by the colorful tones of the houses, in the style of the more famous Burano. I recommend staying in the narrow streets surrounded by houses during this phase, in order to acclimatize yourself to the peaceful life of this fishing village, entering into harmony with a reality where uniqueness reigns supreme.

One glimpse, amidst infinite shades of blue.

Keep heading north, discovering the courtyards and alleys where the palette of colors becomes even more beautiful and the combinations create a masterpiece, made of the surroundings.

“Unique colors and combinations”

During this stretch that separates you from the “Temple of the Apparition”, you will pass by a great number of typical restaurants and bars, some famous, others surprisingly genuine. You can take advantage of this and keep an eye out for beauty along the way.

The names of the boats are always linked to stories, whether they are familial, anecdotal or mythological. All of this has a timeless charm.

For the most religious, but also for art and architecture lovers in general, a visit to the “Temple of the Apparition” dedicated to Saints Vito and Modesto is a must-see.

The Temple, as it appears to those who walk or ride along the lagoon side.

If you go to look at the sea from this area of the island, you will be amazed that, from on top of the seawall, you can distinguish the lagoon. It is indeed one of the narrowest inhabited points of the island, so the sea and the lagoon are almost within touching distance and are less than 200m apart. We continue on, amidst colors, scents, and, on the horizon in the waters, some fishing huts, structures on stilts whose primitive charm never leaves one insensitive.

Fishing boats and Fishing Huts

And here, step by step, we arrive at the last stretch of the village of Pellestrina, the Scarpa Sestiere, where, almost miraculously, the spaces that were sometimes narrow so far, seem to become more generous, thus offering us views such as the one where the Church dedicated to Sant’Antonio is nestled.

A diagonal view of the houses and the Church.

And from here, always following the lagoon, we will reach a cycle-pedestrian path that will lead us after about 2 km to the hamlet of Portosecco in San Pietro in Volta.

Sestier Scarpa

The only note to provide is a detour at the height of the ACTV shipyard towards the sea side, and then return to the Lagoon and continue.

And here we are in Portosecco, a place named after the fact that a river once flowed into the sea here and gradually filled up the existing port. Here, the gentle island pace seems even more relaxed and soothing.

The houses near the Church of Santo Stefano.

Continuing on, we will come across various bars and restaurants, as well as the only hotel on the island, the Locanda Stravedo. In front of it, there is an old pier that was once used by ACTV to dock the motorboats in another part of this coastline and then proceed directly to Venice by water.

Former ACTV landing point.

Here we go again, passing by the restaurant “Da Nane” and other businesses including a bar and a gelato shop, we arrive at one of the most charming spots, the center of San Pietro in Volta; here you can find local food shops, mini-markets, and even trucks of street vendors selling fresh products or home accessories.

San Pietro in Volta square

Near the Church, in fact, lived one of the most illustrious citizens of the coast, the painter Natalino Bentivoglio Scarpa, called “Cagnaccio” (literally “Bad Dog”).

Cagnaccio’s House

Continuing on, we will then arrive at one of the most beautiful spots on the island, a dock where the fishing boats rest and where one can enjoy a breathtaking landscape.

View from the small dock in the harbor.

And so we come to the final chapter of this long, exciting, and rich excursion, entering the heart of the “Belvedere” district (left side of the photo above). From here we will see the “Alberoni” district of Lido and the closure of the San Pietro in Volta village, with the ferry-boat sailing in front of us along the harbor.

Here, imagine, a great Disney master lived and set a story: Romano Scarpa, and the porch in the photo below was part of some panels.

The porch in the “Di Botta” area.

And finally, with nostalgia rising, even before leaving the island or continuing on the bike path to the ferry-boat, here we are at the last frame that this unique place will offer us following the direction from south to north.

The benches facing the lagoon in the Belvedere area.

It almost seems like an oxymoron that the benches turn their backs to the lagoon, but don’t worry, you can enjoy the sunset by sitting directly on the wall facing the lagoon, entrusting your dreams to the sun that plunges into the waters as it crosses the horizon of the Euganean Hills.

Because, no one will tell you, but here there are some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Sunset by Lagoon

If you have made it this far, you have shared with me a journey that at times had dreamlike atmospheres, in which I have revealed a lot, but not everything that can be seen in this unique territory.
Whether you choose to go by bike or walk, it doesn’t matter, but enjoy it fully.
I have been dreaming for years of walking the island from south to north, and in hindsight, I am very happy about it, of course, with shoes more worn out from the 11 km traveled, but with a happy heart, because it has learned many new colors and emotions.

Good discovery journey dear readers, from your Edoardo.

PS: If you have come this far, remember that, on the sea side, you will find the bus that can take you to Pellestrina to take the vaporetto according to the LINEA 11 timetable towards Chioggia.


10 things to to do once in a lifetime in Pellestrina


Polaroid or Instax – what to choose, what alternatives and why…

Back to the future, one might exclaim, as the signal of a return to a world of photography that includes its analog version, particularly in the form of instant photography, is becoming increasingly clear.

It almost feels like going back to the 70s, but with all the comforts of the present moment. In fact, while in the past we may not have had a choice about printing our shots, today we can sometimes choose.

But first, let’s clarify: “how many and what formats of instant photos are available on the market?” If you’re wondering, here’s the answer with a small supporting graphic that doesn’t claim to explain everything, but most cases and possibilities.

Aesthetic analog film frame vector vintage style photography

We cannot forget the role that Fujifilm has carved out for itself alongside Polaroid with its Instax mini series: Instax mini.

insta mini series

Take a good look at them, they are totally analog, they appeal to young people, but not only them. They have literally taken the market by storm for their practicality, and despite the fact that the photo is technically the smallest among all those offered by various brands, it has fascinated everyone, enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.

The printing format used by these machines, and their various versions, is the Fujifilm mini format, which is enriched with many variations ranging from colorful graffiti frames to stone gray, comics, rainbows, and even black and white photos.

Free to share, free to create, therefore!

As shown in the graphic, Fujifilm also offers panoramic “Wide” and square “Square” formats to provide a range that can satisfy any scene.

Of course, Polaroid did not stand still and renewed itself mainly by following its tradition, namely the photographic format that bears its name, the Polaroid photo! In particular, the Polaroid Now takes center stage with its colorful ranges and traditional formats, winning over all age groups with various types of photographic paper, also including black and white.

Polaroid has also felt the influence of Instax and in addition to its classic format, it offers the Polaroid Go, with a square photo like the Square.

What makes the difference in the choice is the word “size”. Do I choose a model because it is small and portable or do I choose Polaroid because I want an instant photo but as large as possible?

There is therefore no one-size-fits-all answer, look inside yourself, understand what you are interested in doing and how to do it will come naturally.

As a side note, moving on to Zink printers, there are many brands available because the technology at its base is shared, that is, a paper that already contains the pigment and that varies in color depending on the temperature printed on it.

The range includes all the “classic” brands and some outsiders, with mostly similar results.

The advantage here is in choosing the photo on the phone and…printing! Nothing could be simpler, right?

Here’s some samples:

And here some exceptions:

How does Zink work?

Zink by Canon Zooming – Feat. Pandoro

The Zink printers convert digital into analog, they don’t have the mysterious charm of an instant photo where the quality, good or bad, is only revealed after a few minutes, but they play an important role in how we construct our memories.

Finally, are you unsatisfied and craving for “Square” or “Postcard” size photos? Canon’s Selphy series is perfect for you! Check it out here.

These printers are based on thermal sublimation technology, which uses 4 layers (3 base colors: red, blue, yellow plus a protective layer) to produce professional-quality photos at home.

So, I wish you to meet good light for your photos and… hope this post let print more photos!

Burano just a vaporetto ride away: how to get there easily and quickly from Treporti.

Versione Italiana

Burano, impossible not to recognize it. Each island in the Venetian Lagoon has its own peculiarity, the distinctive trait that makes it unique. Needless to say, but we’ll do it anyway, Burano is famous for its colorful little houses, or rather, extremely colorful, for the production of typical Merletto and for the fairy-tale atmosphere you experience walking around it.

Burano and its extremely colorful little houses.

Such uniqueness could only arise in a place that, looking at the maps, could be defined as intimate and remote. Burano is indeed located north of Venice, about 40 minutes of navigation with the ACTV line 12, and very close to the equally famous Torcello and practically at the opposite side of Pellestrina and San Pietro in Volta.

Burano can only be reached by water transport, therefore unlike Venice, where cars can circulate in a tiny part, here we must completely rely on navigation, thus having the opportunity to discover the fantastic lagoon natural setting.

Alternative rainbows

Burano was founded by the exiles from the Roman city of Altino, who fled to the lagoon to escape the Huns of Attila and the Lombards.

Why are the houses in Burano colorful?
The origin of this tradition is attributed to the fact that fishermen, driven by thick fogs, wanted to make their homes easily recognizable in case of return in adverse weather conditions.


Is there a more convenient way to get to Burano?
Of course there is! All you need to do is drive (or cycling is not a bad idea either) to Treporti and set the parking lot at Via della Ricevitoria, near Darsena Marina Fiorita, as your destination (paid parking with rates ranging from 5 to 15€ up to 24 hours). From there, in a few steps, you can reach the ACTV Treporti stop which, following the itinerary in the opposite direction to what you would do from Venice, will take you to Burano in total comfort in less than 15′ of navigation. For costs, please refer to the Transport Association’s website here.

But once you arrive, what can you do in Burano?
You can visit the Merletto’s Museum, taste lagoon food and typical wines (especially those originating from the nearby Mazzorbo island connected to Burano by a bridge), discover unique souvenirs, visit the Church of San Martino with its particular leaning bell tower.

But in your opinion, when is the best time to visit Burano?
I recommend visiting during the spring or the first days of March, when the days begin to lengthen. Arriving before 11 am in the morning can help you avoid the crowds coming from Venice and allow you to enjoy the island in an even more authentic way. However, don’t forget that Burano can also be a fabulous setting for your photos and special moments at sunset and in the evening.

If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to write to me. If you enjoyed the article, let me know and share it. Please let me know in the comments if I missed anything!

I’m also on Instagram: @trarealtaesogno.

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Come arrivare a Pellestrina

Burano a portata di vaporetto: come arrivare da Treporti in modo semplice e veloce

In evidenza

English version

Burano, impossibile non riconoscerla. Ogni isola della Laguna Veneta ha la sua peculiarità, il tratto distintivo che la rende unica. Inutile ribadirlo, ma lo facciamo, Burano è famosa per le sue casette colorate, anzi, coloratissime, per la produzione di merletti e per l’atmosfera fiabesca che si vive camminandoci dentro.

Burano e le sue casette coloratissime

Tanta unicità non poteva che sorgere in un luogo che, cartine geografiche alla mano, si potrebbe definire intimo e remoto. Burano infatti si trova a nord di Venezia, a circa 40′ di navigazione con la linea 12 di ACTV e vicinissima all’altrettanto famosa Torcello e praticamente agli antipodi di Pellestrina e San Pietro in Volta.

Burano è raggiungibile solo attraverso mezzi acquei, dunque a differenza di Venezia, dove in una infinitesimale parte l’auto può circolare, qui dobbiamo affidarci totalmente alla navigazione, avendo così modo di scoprire la fantastica cornice naturale lagunare.

Arcobaleni alternativi

Burano è stata fondata dagli esuli della città romana di Altino, fuggiti in laguna per fuggire agli Unni di Attila e dai Longobardi.

Perché le sue case sono colorate?
Si attribuisce l’origine di questa tradizione al fatto che i pescatori, spinti dalle fitte nebbie, volessero rendere ben riconoscibili le proprie abitazioni in caso di rientro in condizioni meteo avverse.

La quiete

Esiste un modo più comodo per arrivare a Burano?
Certo che sì! E’ sufficiente partire in auto (ma anche in bici non pare una cattiva idea) alla volta di Treporti e impostare come meta il parcheggio auto (a pagamento con tariffe che variano dai 5 ai 15€ fino alle 24h) di via della ricevitoria, nei pressi della Darsena Marina Fiorita.
Di lì, in pochi passi potrete raggiungere la fermata ACTV Treporti che, seguendo l’itinerario in senso opposto a quello che fareste da Venezia, in meno di 15′ di navigazione vi porterà a Burano in totale comfort. Circa i costi, consultare il sito dell’Associazione dei Trasporti qui.

Ma una volta giunti, cosa fare?
Potrete visitare il Museo del Merletto, degustare cibo lagunare e vini tipici (in particolare quelli originari della vicina Isola di Mazzorbo collegata a Burano da un ponte), scoprire souvenir unici, visitare la Chiesa di San Martino col suo particolare campanile pendente.

Ma secondo te, quando visitarla?
Consiglio la primavera o i primi giorni di marzo, quando le giornate cominciano ad allungarsi, magari la mattina, arrivando prima delle 11 vi eviterete i flussi maggiori in arrivo da Venezia e potrete godere dell’isola in maniera ancor più autentica. Senza dimenticare però che anche al tramonto ed alla sera Burano saprà essere una cornice favolosa per le vostre foto e momenti speciali.

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Polaroid o Instax – cosa scegliere, quali alternative e perché…

Ritorno al futuro, si potrebbe esclamare, infatti è ormai chiaro il segnale di un ritorno ad un mondo di fotografia dove trova spazio anche la sua declinazione analogica, in particolare nella forma di quella istantanea.

Pare quasi di tornare agli anni ’70, ma con tutti i comfort del momento presente, infatti se un tempo non avremmo avuto scelta sullo stampare o meno il nostro scatto, oggi in qualche caso possiamo anche scegliere.

Ma prima di tutto un chiarimento:
“quanti e quali formati esistono in commercio di foto istantanee?”
Se ve lo state chiedendo, ecco che ve lo svelo qui, con una piccola grafica di supporto che non ha la pretesa di spiegare tutto, ma la maggior parte dei casi e delle possibilità.

Aesthetic analog film frame vector vintage style photography

Non possiamo dimenticarci del ruolo che, insieme a Polaroid, si è ritagliata Fujifilm con la sua gamma Instax mini.

una selezione di fotocamere instax by fujifilm

Osservatele bene, sono totalmente analogiche, strizzano l’occhio ai giovani, ma non solo. Hanno letteralmente sbancato sul mercato per la loro praticità e, nonostante la foto tecnicamente più piccola tra tutte quelle proposte dai vari marchi, ha affascinato tutti, appassionati e non.

La stampa riferita a queste macchine, ed alle loro diverse declinazioni, è il formato Fujifilm mini, che si arricchisce di molteplici varianti che spaziano dalle cornici colorate tipo graffiti, a quelle grigio pietra, passando per fumetti e arcobaleni, fino alla foto in bianco e nero.

Liberi di condividere, liberi di creare dunque!

Come da grafica inoltre Fujifilm si è proposta con formati panoramici “Wide” e quadrati “Square”, per avere un assortimento in grado di soddisfare qualunque scena.

Ovviamente Polaroid non è rimasta a guardare e si è rinnovata seguendo principalmente la sua tradizione, cioè il formato fotografico che porta il suo nome, la foto Polaroid! In particolare la scena se la prendono le Polaroid Now che con gamme colorate e formati tradizionali conquistano tutte le fasce d’età anche in questo caso con carte fotografiche di vario tipo, anche qui fino al bianco e nero.

Anche Polaroid ha sentito l’influsso di Instax, oltre al formato classico infatti propone la Polaroid Go, con una foto quadrata come nel caso della Square.

Quello che fa la differenza nella scelta risponde alla parola “Dimensione”, scelgo un modello perché è piccolo e trasportabile o scelgo Polaroid perché voglio una foto istantanea ma il più grande possibile.

Non c’è dunque una risposta per tutti, guardatevi dentro, capite cosa vi interessa fare e il come farlo verrà da sé.

Piccolo inciso fuoritema, passando alle stampanti Zink (analizzate qui in confronto con Phomemo) ne esistono di tantissimi brand, questo perché la tecnologia che ne sta alla base è condivisa, cioè una carta che già contiene il pigmento e che varia colore a seconda della temperatura su essa impressa.

La gamma vede tutti i brand “classici” e qualche outsider, con risultati perlopiù simili.

Il vantaggio qui viene dallo scegliere la foto sul cellulare e… Stampare! Nulla di più semplice no?

Eccovi un esempio dei modelli in commercio:

Ed ecco le eccezioni che modificano leggermente il formato o la tipologia di carta:

Come funziona la Zink? Eccovi il video!

Zink by Canon Zooming – Feat. Pandoro

Le Zink trasformano in analogico il digitale, non hanno il fascino misterioso di una istantanea in cui la foto bella o brutta che sia si scopre solo dopo qualche minuto, ma hanno un ruolo di assoluto livello nelle modalità di costruzione dei nostri ricordi.

Infine, siete incontentabili e ambite alle foto formato “Square” o “Cartolina?” la serie Selphy di Canon è l’ideale per Voi! Guardate qui.

Sono basate sulla tecnica della sublimazione termica, cioè 4 veli (3 colori base: rosso, blu, giallo a cui si aggiunge uno strato protettivo) con cui si producono foto di qualità professionale a livello domestico.

Quindi, buona luce per le vostre foto e… oltre al cloud, emozionatevi o emozionate qualcuno, stampate le vostre immagini.

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