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Day trip from Venice
While in Venice you could take a boat ride to Morano island where they make the world famous Venetian glass.You could take a free sales promotional ride one way even if you dont plan to buy anything.It is worth seeing the glass factories and the demonstration that they show.
However in case you do decide to buy some glass items,browse a few shops/factories to compare prices.The glassware is exquisite to say the least.
The return boat ride has to be paid for whether you buy or not.
Apart from Shopping Murano is a small,relaxed town with not many tourists around as Venice.So you could take a stroll and eat at the many restraurants there.There are many that serve authentic Italian food there and the food here is cheaper than in Venice.
exploring the islands of the lagoon
there are several islands of the lagoon of venice and it's worth visiting. including where saint giorgio maggiore cathedral and madonna della salute and the ghetto and murano glassmakers are located. separated from saint mark cathedral by the lagoon.
in murano, can be seen the artworkers making beautiful glassware and anykind of glasses souvenirs. such as sweets immitations and gas baloons.
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice consists of about 118 islands. The most famous of them seems to be Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, which is a main landmark of Venice.
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore is home to a church, a monastery and a 70 m tall campanile (tower), which can be climbed for panoramic views of Venice.
The island of San Giorgio Maggiore belongs to the district of San Marco.
It is situated in the Bacino di San Marco, just in front of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square).
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boat ride to the islands
If you have time, a visit to some of the lagoon islands is well worthwhile. Take a vaporetto ride to Tronchetto, Murano or Burano. The vaporetto ride itself is great fun and arrival at each Island shows the diversity of architecture and culture that has grown up in the lagoon environs.
San Michele – a cheerful island for the dead
If only more countries would have such colourful graveyards as Italy – the deceased would be way more happy ! San Michele is no exception. The island was inhabited by Camaldolese monks until early 19th century. It is used as Venezia’s graveyard only since 1837, when the officials have decided to no longer risk possible contamination of the city’s drinking water. It is currently extended in the east.
The graveyard is divided into several section, according to the type of graves and the religious beliefs. Most of the island is coveres by “normal” graves with gravestones, flowers and very much elaborate statues. The typical Italian ones, as in the main photo and photo 2 are in the northeastern section. And it seems that the most popular graves to visit are the ones of Strawinsky and his wife and Ezra Pound. They are in the east as well, just follow the signs.
What I really liked on San Michele is that it seems “little Venezia” – so many building styles, ornaments and decoration are similar to the ones in Centro Storico, like the little chapels (one of them in photo 4, which I used to call “Miracoli style”), or Byzantine type mosaics for little mausoleums. The eastern grave sections also have many of these mossy statues – giving the whole a very much enchanted atmosphere.
I was there in the afternoon, but I imagine that all would be even more enchanted 1-2 hours before sunset.
Getting to San Michele is easy. Vaporettos with direction Murano leave from Fondamenta Nuove almost every 10-15 minutes.
Sandy has made a separate page for San Michele - see link below.
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Torcello – immerse deep into past and beauty
If you are interested in history, visiting the island of Torcello is a must. It is situated just next to Burano, in the very northeastern end of the lagoon, accessible by vaporetto line LN and changing boats in Burano.
Visiting this island will draw you back in the days of early lagoon settlement, as it was the centre and seat of the bishop until end of 12th century.
Basilica Santa Maria Assunta (photo 5), has been built in 640 and later on expanded. It is most famous for the very much splendid Byzantine mosaics of Maria and apostles and the Last Judgement. Next to her is Santa Fosca of 12th century (photo 4). This one is not as decorated inside, but has a very cheerful atmosphere inside, with little Byzantine or oriental lamps burning.
But the island has many more treasures. Opposite of the churches is a little house with a very much picturesque gaden with mossy statues (like in the main photo), and a small vineyard.
Go up the campanile for a magnificent view over this part of the lagoon and feel how very quiet the life here is. You can also visit the small museum, although I cannot judge, as I was already satisfied to look at all the stones, gravestones, pillars and capitals in the courtyard.
Admission fee for Basilica, museum and campanile are each 3 €. Combination tickets for two of them is 5,50 € and for all three 8,50 €. They open at 10:30 and close at 5:30 p.m. (last entry is at 5 p.m.)
A visit to Torcello can easily combined with a visit to Burano. But try and get there as early as possible, when it is still quiet and no squeaking kids are jumping around. Torcello seems to be quite popular for foreign school classes.
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The lagoon – islands and wildlife
If you are planning to stay in Venezia for a couple of days, a visit to the laguna and the islands is a must. But even in one day it is not possible to see much of the islands. I recommend minimum 2 days or more, especially if you like wildlife watching.
Venezia’s laguna is a very fragile ecosystem, with countless smaller and bigger islands (see website below, and then lagoon of Venice/islands). The site says that the islands make up only for 8% of the laguna’s surface, so you can imagine how much is left for marshland, thus wildlife.
The most important islands to visit are definitely Murano (for the glass), Burano (for the colours), Torcello (for the very old past of the area) and San Michele (the city’s graveyard). But there are others, such as Sant’Erasmo (one of the laguna’s farm island), or San Lazaro degli Armeni (Mechitarist monastery), Lazaretto Nuovo (the former quarantine island for victims of pestilence), San Francesco del Deserto (a Franciscan monastery) and not to forget the outer islands like Lido and Pellestrina for sunbathing and swimming.
For wildlife lovers, the laguna is also a paradise ! I was amazed myself to see how abundant flora and fauna are. Check the website below – lagoon of Venice/fauna and vegetation.
At the moment, I can only tell about Murano, Torcello, Burano and San Michele (but will visit more on my next trips). If you like to know more about the other islands, check Sandy’s travel list. She has visited almost every island.
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Hit the beach on Lido! Grab a towel and plop down on the sand for a couple hours. The beaches are free so just enjoy yourself in the Adriatic Sea.
Some things to look out for: some areas of the beach are dirty and covered with cigarette butts and beer bottles. Walk along the water for a bit to find a cleaner area. Also, my friends and I were once "attacked" by jellyfish when we went for a swim. They didn't sting hard, more of a surprise. So watch out for the little buggers.
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Island Hopping: Take a whole day to do this
I would suggest that you plan your trip to Venice and make an iternary.
Take the the number 1 vaporatte and do the slow cruise to see a good layout of Venice.
On your first day in Venice start early and do the six sesitera.
If you want to really see Venice go to Torcello, Burano and Murano. Take the whole day for sightseeing all these three and explore them. Keep in mind that going to Torcello will literally take up your day because you are traveling on water buses from Venice to Lido to Burano and then to Torcello.
Torcello is the orginal island and where the first church was and still stands!
Burano is a dream, just make sure you have enough film.
Murano the glass work is beautiful and very expensive so if you don't want to shop and spend a bundle on glass work then when your done seeing a master a work, thank them and venture on the island and explore.
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Burano ans Murano??
There is not much to say about the islands. I have been in Murano and Burano. Murano is a island to tourists buy glass and that’s it… For me was a lost of time and I bought glass in S.Polo, where was cheaper.
Burano is nice, with their coloured houses. We walked in the streets and bought Burano`s cookies. The only problem is the time you spent to get Burano by boat. For advice I would say: if you have time, try Burano; if you don´t have stay in Venice and forget the islands!
There are over 30 small islands in the lagoon to explore in Venice. So hop on a boat and start island hopping.
Some of the more popular islands are San Michele, Murano, Mazzorbo, Burano, Torcello, Vignole, Sant'Erasmo.
The church on the island of San Giorgio just across the St. Marks square appears to floating on water.
It is hard to imagine the beauty of the sun setting over the City of Venice and its pretty islands and lagoon.
I took this trip on September 21st 2006 and luckily it was a beautifully clear day and I enjoyed the best of it.
The motorboat left the dock which is situated between the Hotels Daniele and Gabrielli and quickly left the city behind. I made the mistake of taking a seat inside and watched the city disappear into the distance very quickly. I managaed to get outside to take a few sunset shots before the famous monuments became mere dots, but I wish I had been ready with the camera out on deck from the beginning.
From then on I moved from place to place around the boat taking shots of the sun setting on the water, the islands, the old shipyard, the Churches on the islands and other such lovely sights. As Dusk turned to dark the lights on top of the poles sunken into the lagoon start to twinkle into life and the entire setting is most romantic.
There was a running commentary by a very knowledgable guide but by this stage I was tired so I switched off and let most of it float over my head.
The cost of the hour long trip was just Euro 11.50 an my opinion is that it represents excellent value for money.
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If you're gonna spend somemore days in Venezia, do take a vaporetto and visit Murano island (glas factory) and Burano island. Burano is a bit more remote. has different atmosphere than the 'main' Venezia island and is georgeous.... Getting over there also gives you a wonderful opportunity to enoy the sea landscape. I will upload some photos I have saved (comp *died* and I *have to* be better with backups) for you to see. Images will tell you all!!!
San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore island is part of San Marco sestiere, being just in front of the San Marco square. The island looks great from the Campanile and it's best known for the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, deigned by Palladio, begun in 1566. The church has paintings inside, mostly by Tintoretto, but the main attraction is the campanile, from which you can have a wonderful view of the mainland Venice (so sorry I did not do that). The island of San Giorgio already had a church in the 9th century and a Benedictine monastery was founded here in 982. The monks drained the marshes of the island, and the monastery was destroyed by an earthquake in 1223.
San Giorgio Maggiore Island
San Giorgio Maggiore Island is situated in the lagoon just in front of san Marco.You can visit this beautiful island with some boats which they call "vaporetto" by the way "vapur" means also boat in turkish.Now I can understand the origines.
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