Islands of the lagoon, Venice
Burano is another island to explore.
Fondest memory: Burano is one of my favorite islands, I love the colorful houses and miniture canals and bridges. You can read and see more about Burano on my Burano page.
Look for the sign in the picture near St. Mark's Square - these are the boats that go to Burano.
There many islands to explore, not just the main island that most people visit.
Fondest memory: The boat ride to Murano to see the glass factory. I visited the factory there on my first trip, but now the factory has moved to the main island of Venice due to the rising water.
Aaah.... the vaparetto to Burano.... I don't want to show you any pics of Burano in these general tips. Those photos are all in the 'off the beaten path' section. Hmmm, but the boatride is wonderful, and Burano.... just breathtaking! The colours of this place will amaze you.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
What suprised me the most about my trip to Venice was there are no cars -it's all walking. It was quite nice to not have to look every which way for a zooming taxi or moped.
A highlight of our trip was a visit to the island of Murano. The public boats took us there to visit where Venetian glass is made. For a small fee we were able to watch the centuries old procedure for blowing the glass. After haggling with a shopkeeper, I was able to buy a wedding present that they even shipped for me.
Fondest memory: Relaxation was in the air, Venice does not have the bustling city feel.
This picture was the view from our pension's window.
Favorite thing: Visit the island of Burano. Unlike Venetian buildings, the houses on Burano are painted in beautiful bright or rich colors. (The island is 40 minutes from Venice on the same ACTV boat line that serves Torcello). It was traditionally a center of fishing and lacemaking, although tourism is now another source of income.
Favorite thing: This is Janneke, Frans & John before some building on one of the islands. Diana is taking the picture. I don't recall on what island it was or what kind of building it was. But the weather was lovely, the beer was cold, so who cares!
visit the lagoon islands. You can buy a three day pass which allows you on all the boats in Venice. You can get them from the ticket office. It the best thing we done. All the lagoon island produce different things. One produces glasses and another cotton. If your lucky you can see glass blowing - I did not because they are closed on Sundays. I had great fun jumping on and of boats. The pass includes the boats which operate within the islands.
Fondest memory: Travelling on the boats. I spent the whole holiday travelling on a boat. I really missed the rocking of the boat when I got home.
see the palaces and museums and you must take a trip to Venice's islands: Murano, Burano, ...
Fondest memory: I like the sun and the sea in Venice. Venice is full of treasures of art, history and architecture.
Venice are also an island of love and romance ...
Favorite thing: Overview over Venice.Venice is situated in the Laguna Veneta at the Adriatic sea The city stretches over 120 islands, connected by more than 400 bridges. Mestre and Marghera are Venice's suburban towns on the nearby mainland.
Favorite thing: Murano This is one of the most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon due to the world famous Murano glass produced here. The blown glass was orginally produced in Venice but a state decree many years ago ordered the removal of many of the furnaces to Murano because they had caused a great number of fires.
San Michele ( Cemetery Island) this was formerly a 'prison island',but in the early 1800's, Napoleon's occupying forces told the Venetians that they should stop burying their dead in Venice and start burying them somewhere else. Though the cemetery is mostly Catholic, there are also small sections for Protestants and Greek Orthodox.
The island is small and these graves are not permanent. The bodies can only stay there for 12 years!!!After 12 years, they are dug up and placed in metal boxes for permanent burial somewhere else.
Favorite thing: In Venice, you must visit Murano (a small island in Venice) and see how experienced glass craftsmen mold/make glass in the Murano Glassmaking Factory. Tip: when you visit, just be careful you don't bump into displays (I almost did - wheww).
Here's a map of Venice (sort of looks like a fish to me). It is not that big either. I was able to walk from the tip of the 'fish's' mouth all the way to its 'tail' in just one day. I did get tired at the end. (next time, I'll try the gondola! )
You can also receive a free map at any information booth. I got mine inside the train station.
Favorite thing: Some building on one of the islands, this picture was taken from a taxi-boat.