Pellestrina

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Pellestrina
Native name: Pellestrina
The island of Pellestrina. Southern part of the Venetian Lagoon (Pellestrina highlighted)
Southern part of the Venetian Lagoon (Pellestrina highlighted)
Geography
Location Italy
Coordinates Coordinates: 45°16′24″N 12°18′04″E / 45.27333°N 12.30111°E / 45.27333; 12.30111
Archipelago Venetian Lagoon
Length 12 km (7.5 mi)
Width 5–500 m (16–1,640 ft)
Country
Italy
Region Veneto
Province Province of Venice
Demographics
Population About 5000

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.

The island is 11 kilometres (7 miles) long and has since the eighteenth century been bounded to its seaward side by large embankments. There are four main villages: San Pietro in Volta, Porto Secco, Sant' Antonio di Pellestrina and Pellestrina, known for their colourfully-painted houses.

The main industries of the island are market gardening, fishing, tourism and lace making. Like Chioggia but unlike Torcello, the local lace is made with a needle.

Attractions on the island included the Lido of Ca' Roman, known for its pine trees and birdlife.

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