The Mulberry tree is the symbol of Certosa Island’s Park.

This tree, a majestic exemplary unique in the Lagoon of Venice, is the king of the island. As for all kings also for the tree of the Certosa there is a story to tell.

Sitting in the shade of its leaves, after a walk discovering this wonderful part of Laguna, you can listen to his story told by Slowvenice guides.

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The island of Certosa was particularly affected by the exceptional weather event on 13 November.

The Mulberry tree was spared by the power of the water and wind and invites us once again to be enchanted by the beauty of this place.

The story of the Mulberry tree on the Certosa Island

The name of the island derives from the Certosini monks who lived there for centuries from 1400. And it’s because of them that the diffusion of the tree is most probably due to.

The mulberry (Morus alba) is an oriental species introduced by the Arabs, whose spread was linked to the breeding of the silkworm that feeds exclusively on the leaves of this tree.

The cultivation did not require large investments and use of resources, thus representing an important source of livelihood for the rural economy of the monks.

The plant was also used as a guardian of the vine.

The Certosa Island today

The Certosini monks lived on the island for many centuries, until the church, cloisters and artworks of the ancient monastery were destroyed and plundered by the soldiers who occupied Venice with the decline of the Serenissima Republic.

The island also lived a long period of neglect in the mid-1900s.

Today, thanks to a articulate recovery project, in the island there are a large public park, a marina with about 300 berths, a hotel with restaurant and a shipyard.

It is the ideal destination for those who want spending a day immersed in the nature, a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and for a sustainable journey to discover Venice and its Lagoon.

 

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