Just a stonethrow away of Burano is another gem little island, which I wanted to visit afterwards, but it was too late. So I’ll place it here, at least to make you readers aware of it, maybe you won’t miss the chance to pay it a visit. I’ll do it next time.
Mazzorbo must have been an important island in the lagoon in past time, given the beauty of some of the houses at the small canale, our boat passed by. Fading beauty though, as the house in my main photo. Nowadays only some people live in Mazzorbo and are living on farming, such as vegetables (like on Sant’ Erasmo) and fruit trees.
There is also a church which was famous during the first period of settling here – Chiesa Santa Caterina. The Gothic belltower is seen from far away already. It is said to have the oldest bells of Europe, of 1318.
In an excellent travel book, I have also ready very good reports about the restaurant close to the Vaporetto station. It is called Trattoria Al Cacciatori, open only during lunch time. They praise their fish menus.
Well, I will go there next time and spend some hours on that little island. It is easily accessible either by hopping off the Vaporetto at Mazzorbo station (photos 2 and 3) or by walking over the bridge from Burano (photo 5).
I came across this building while wandering around in Burano in the very east of the island. First, I thought, it must be a decaying building, but then I saw that the garden is kept in good shape, well, in the typical wild-beautiful shape, some gardens are in Venice and Torcello. It has some religious sounding words engraved on the enclosure walls, but I could not encrypt them.
This building is exactly east where the canal of Fondamenta Terranove makes the left turn, at 45°,29',04,89” N, 12°,25’,16,28’’E.
I would be happy if someone knows more about this building and let me know here. Thanks already in advance.
Caletta is short, narrow and pretty low street, connecting inner rows of the houses and yards with the network of canals. You just cannot walk into caletta in upright position unless you're very short.
I suppose it construction is conditioned due to a very strong winds in the winter period, in particularly "bora".
The inside of the building extends over one nave covered by a wooden ceiling, while the floor in Carrara and Verona marble, dates back to 1580.
Works of Salviati, Matteo Ponzoni and Pietro Ricchi are preserved in the church.
Inside the 14th century bell tower is kept the most ancient lagoon bell (1318).
The church was involved in an unrestrainable decay together with the entire diocese of Torcello until 1806 when the new Napoleonic decree established that church and cenoby became property of the State.
In 1819 the church became parish of Mazzorbo.
The church of S. Caterina built in 783 and part of the homonymous convent of Benedictine nuns, is the only survived sacred building of the island.
It was readapted a first time during the 14th century as the Romanesque and Gothic structures testify, and then a second time during the 16th century.
Actually, Burano consists of two small islands connected together with this beautiful wooden bridge. The other part of Burano isn't that spectacular and colourful, but worth of visiting. If not for other, you can make beautiful panoramic pictures of the main island.
On the way to Burano from Murano this desloate island is passed - with the remains of its Franciscan monastery. According to legend it was founded by St Francis in person, on his return from preaching trips to Egypt and Palestine in 1220. You need to take a taxi boat from Burano's landing stage to reach here - no other service. Monasteryis open 9-11am and 3-5pm Tues- Sun and donations are welcomed.
Boat ride throughout the islands of lagoon takes approximately one hour and on its route you'll meet nice landscapes all around. Somwhere in the middle of lagoon there is an ugly work of "civilisation" which obviously helps Venetians to have more quality life. In the contrast with idylic beauty all around this plant or whatsoever looks scary to me.
In fact, there is almost a whole archipelago where Burano is situated. I discovered another small island or islet, soon after the one where Santa Catarina is located. It has the same type of houses as Burano itself only not coloured in such a vivid colours, but still lokking nice.
A lot of tourists tend to miss out a little island off Venice called Burano. It's a lovely little island of colourful houses. Really cosy place to spend (close to) a quiet afternoon!