one of the smaller islands, but definitely of great importance for local fruit and vegetable production, is the island of S.Erasmoo. You leave from Fondamente Nuove with boat line n 13, which takes you to a pleasant journey between the marshalls of the northern lagoon. When you come down you will find yourself in an unspoilt green island with its beautiful gardens and yards.The island is well known for the special artichokes' production, called "botolo" and "castraura" which are obtained from the tasty, salty ground flavor. The island can be safely walked on foot or you can rent a bicycle at the Angolo Azzurro Hotel where you can also eat. The second and last restaurant on the island is the historic "Dai Tedeschi" where you can enjoy a good fry-fish in front of the sea. To be visited the Torre Massimiliana. If you are hanging around those parts, facing the island of S.Erasmo, one stop away, there is the island of Lazzareto Nuovo; twice a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) in the high season are organized the guided tours of the island with its fascinating history of the quarantine islands for merchant vessels carrying goods and spices from the Orient at the Serenissima time.