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|Native name: |
Southern part of the Venetian Lagoon (Pellestrina highlighted)
|Length||12 km (7.5 mi)|
|Width||5–500 m (16–1,640 ft)|
|Province||Province of Venice|
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 that in Chioggia but unlike that in 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.
Donna Leon's crime fiction novel 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.
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