Isola del Lazzaretto Nuovo, Venice

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  • Arriving on the island during a tour we were greeted by a volunteer who with explanations and a quick video explained the function of the place (they stopped people and goods who may have contracted the plague for 40 days [quarantine], while those who were infected was moved to the Old Lazzaretto). It is worth a visit both for the landscape aspect and for the exhibits present. On the island there is the only real well with the coat of arms of the Winged Lion of all Venice, saved from the destructive fury that arrived with Napoleon. We hope that in the future those who have to allow to enhance this place more.
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  • Here the idea and practice of quarantine were conceived: 40 were in fact the days during which crews and goods arriving in Venice were isolated here to prevent the spread of the plague. The place, easily accessible once the visit has been booked, has a certain charm for both historical aspects (museum and various finds) and naturalistic ones. The guide we found was particularly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in providing clarifications and explanations. Perhaps the place deserves more attention from the municipality also depending on the intense archaeological volunteering that takes place there.
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  • Known in antiquity as the island of Vigna Murada since the 15th century it has turned into the lazzaretto of the Venetian republic called "novo" to distinguish it from the "old" that was a real hospital. The novo lazzaretto, on the other hand, was a real prevention facility with houses and construction facilities for the quarantine of suspicious goods. In the 1800s it became a military zone and even today you can see the various transformations to make it fortified and the toll booths by dust. A mercurial place that tells years of history, absolutely to visit!
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  • Beautiful island with a dark history. The archeological preservation is very impressive.
  • The island can only be visited in summer and on Saturdays and Sundays thanks to a voluntary association (Ekos). The visit consists of the outer tour of the wall (from which you have an enchanting view of the surrounding salt marshes) and the visit of the interior that contains the beautiful large tezon with an interesting small museum. It's really worth it!
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  • The new Lazarus deserves to be seen for its history. Quarantine island for people and goods in times of plague, where pestilence was fought with fumes of laurel garlic and rosemary, but the perspicacity of the Venetians allowed to understand that it spread by area and to eradicate it a century before other European cities. Power of the Serenissima. Unfortunately the place is not kept in an optimal state, but still worth a visit.
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  • Located at the entrance to the Lagoon, about three kilometers northeast of Venice, the island since ancient times has probably had a strategic function in controlling the waterways and inland, located as it was along the endolagunare route that at the time From Ravenna, he came to Altino. Archaeological finds testify to the human presence since the Bronze Age, while the first written document dates back to 1015: a notary act where the island is called "Vigna Murada". From the end of the 11th century the island became the property of the Benedictine monks of St. George Major who built a church named after St. Bartholomes. The "Murada Vineyard" was surrounded by saline. Salt production in the Middle Ages was an important economic resource in the North Lagoon which had its main center in Torcello. In 1468 by decree of the Senate of the Serenissima was established in the island of Vigna Murata a Lazzaretto with tasks of prevention of infection, called "Novo" to distinguish it from the other already existing near the Lido (called "Old"), where instead were hospitalized the manifest cases of plague. The island became a place of "contumacia" (quarantine) for ships arriving from various Mediterranean ports, suspected of being carriers of the disease. To make the health facility efficient, located in front of the port of Sant'Erasmo, many buildings were built. In 1576, says Francesco Sansovino, it is "equipped with a hundred rooms et (...) from the distance it looks like a castle." The appearance is due to a hundred large chimneys in the Venetian, which are equipped with the cells ("rooms"), placed next to the wall. Large canopies ("teze") are built in the interior spaces for the purge of goods: fumes of herbs, such as juniper and rosemary, were mainly used. The main building of the island, the sixteenth-century Tezon Grande, more than 100 meters long (the largest public building in Venice after the Arsenal's Corderie: here the immersive photos with which to "virtually explore" the building), still retains many writings and original drawings, extraordinary documents on the walls that, attesting to the presence of merchants, "bastazi" (porters) and guardians of the Magistrate to Health, describe arrivals of ships and trades (from Constantinople, Nauplia in the Peloponnese, Alexandria of Egypt, Cyprus ...), seals and symbols, names of dogi and sailors. During the 1700s, the island's medical use was gradually abandoned. During Napoleonic and under-Austrian rule, it was used instead for military purposes and became part of the lagoon defense system ("The fortifications"): the large arches of the Tezon were closed to turn the building into powder keg, in addition to the two existing dust toll booths, the wall was fortified with slits, guardhouses, large istria stone ramparts and external embankments. The island was then connected to the "Bridge Head" of S.Erasmo and the battery of the Massimiliana Tower (now home to the North Lagoon Park) that controlled the entrance to the port of Lido. Used by the Italian army until 1975 and then decommissioned (here the photos of the period of abandonment), the Lazzaretto Nuova is one of the few abandoned islands of the Lagoon of Venice to have known a decisive recovery action. Owned by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, the island has been granted since 1977 to the EKOS CLUB Volunteer Association, which, in terms of protection and revitalization, organizes guided tours, and meetings, exhibitions events with particular reference to historical and environmental characteristics, lagoon and seafaring culture and traditions.
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  • To learn about the history of plague epidemics and the greatness of the Serenissima
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