Pellestrina is an island in northern Italy, forming a barrier between the southern Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, lying south west of the Lido di Venezia, Lido. The island is long and has since the eighteenth century been bounded to its seaward side by large Dike (construction), embankments. There are four main villages: San Pietro in Volta, Porto Secco, Sant' Antonio di Pellestrina and Pellestrina (village), Pellestrina, known for their colourfully-painted houses. The main industries of the island are market gardening, fishing, tourism and lace making. Like that in Chioggia but unlike that in Torcello, the local lace is made with a Needle lace, needle. Attractions on the island included the Lido of Ca' Roman, known for its pine trees and birdlife.

In fiction

Donna Leon's crime fiction novel ''Donna Leon#Commissario Guido Brunetti novels, A Sea of Troubles'' (2001) takes place on Pellestrina. The protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police, must solve the murders of two clam fishermen off the shore of Pellestrina and encounters great difficulty conducting an investigation when faced with the island's close-knit community, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders. Though a native of Venice, which is a short boat ride away, to the islanders he is a foreigner. Cenzo Vianelli, the hero of ''The Girl from Venice'' (2016), a novel written by Martin Cruz Smith, lives and works as a fisherman in Pellestrina in 1945.


File:Venezia - Murazzi Pellestrina.jpg, View of the wall File:Pellestrina.jpg, Pellestrina view from the boat dock File:Pellestrina-June2016.jpg, Aerial view of a part of the island File:Pellestrina_Traghetto_Lido_R01.jpg, Landing stage of Santa Maria del Mare (Pellestrina) seen from the ferry leaving for the Lido File:Pellestrina_S_Maria_del_Mare_R01.jpg, The ''Casa dell'Ospitalità'' at the northern point of Pellestrina Island

See also

* List of islands of Italy


{{Islands of the Venetian Lagoon Islands of the Venetian Lagoon 20th-century establishments in Venice Barrier islands