Island of Giudecca
Lying just south of Venice, the island of Giudecca was once home to several convents and monasteries. By the beginning of the 1800s, these religious institutions were closed down and eventually replaced by factories. The island, in fact, became a protagonist in the industrial revolution in Venice. Today, almost none of these factories is active and the Giudecca has become a very lively mix of industrial archeology, quiet corners, modern architecture and beautiful gardens.