While living in Trieste (two years back (!!!)) we explored a lot of the surrounding. At one of these trips we went to the Laguna di Grado, basically the area in-between Venice and Trieste, and I was so fascinated! What an extrem contrast to the crowded city life of Venice and the elegant Trieste. Basically it was all Sea, lonely Islands and lots of wild birds. We were told that fishermen used to live on the lonely islands. Today everything looks untouched.