the populated island of S. Pietro in Volta.
After being destroyed
in the 14th century following the " War of Chioggia ", Pellestrina
was rebuilt by four noble families who established themselves on the island dividing it
into four quarters named after them and contributing to the rebirth of the island.
Despite the colossal work of the "Murazzi", projected by
Vincenzo Coronelli (1716) and completed by B. Zendrini (1744), placed to defend the island
and the Venetian lagoon, it was seriously damaged by the 1966 flood.
The church of S. Maria di S. Vito is situated in the area where the
Virgin is said to have appeared, and was rebuilt in 1723 on a polygonal plan projected by
the architect A. Tiraci.
The traditional activities of the islands remain shipbuilding, horticulture, fishing and
the production of hand-made lace.