I loved going to Murano, Burano, and Torcello for the day. They are mellow and of course totally geared for the tourists...esp Murano & Burano. My fondest memory was spending a day on Torcello. It seemed to be standing still since the 15th century, There is an old church there, the roses grow up the side - they are an intense bright blood red. The feeling you get is of time standing still and there are places where the wild grass is a few feet tall.
I sat in the church - it was cool and very peaceful. Another time there was a service on and with media folks..don't know what. But it was great to observe a local ritual.
It is so serene and quiet. And then I had lunch at the cafe not far from the church. It was incredible. It was a simple zucchini ravioli with zucchini sauce and zucchini french fries sprinkled on top. I was amazed at the simplicity and yet quality.
If you get a chance and want to slow down and step back in time - go to Torcello!
Sometimes - when it gets really busy for me - I think of that day and invariably I smile and feel peaceful.
Venice is divided in 6...
Venice is divided in 6 quarters called 'sestieri': CANNAREGIO, S.POLO, S.CROCE, S.MARCO, DORSODURO and CASTELLO.
The addresses of the places don't refer to the name of the streets ('calli'),but to the civic numbers in the quarters.
(Each quarter has got almost 5-6000 numbers.)
To the north-east of Venice, about 10km from Saint Mark's, four little islands make up Burano. Canals, narrow houses painted in pastel colours or decidely contrasting with the single shades of the lagoon, interweave with sails and fishing boats.
The island was already known in antiquity for the trade in fruit and vegetables which the people of Burano plied with the mainland, but what really brought fame to the island was the craft of lace-making.
The drink of Carnevale is "Bellini", a peach flavored sorbet. Tents are set up in San Marco which sell Bellini, and spiced wine, by the cup or bottle. (We chose bottle!).
Bevelo bevelo bevelo...
Proper Clothes for Visiting Churches (I)
Visits of churches in Venice are things to do and there is dress code for that which is obliged. It is necessary to avoid mini skirts or pants, tops… everything that uncover shoulders and knees. Unless you are properly dressed you will not be allowed to enter a church.
In some churches there are paper covers which can be bought for several Euros, but it is unnecessary expense.