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  • San Giorgio Maggiore
    San Giorgio Maggiore
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    Santi Maria e Donato cathedral
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    Visit on the Islands of Burano & Murano

    by csordila Updated Feb 17, 2010

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    Murano is the most visited and the most famous of the Venetian Islands, courtesy of the famous glass-works that produce the famous Murano Glass. Like Venice it is an archipelago of individual islands joined by bridges and divided by canals.
    During the Middle Ages the glass makers were settled on the island because of fire hazard from their furnaces.
    The 16th century was known as the “great age” of Murano glass, when the island supported some 37 glass factories and a population of 30,000. Murano Glass was one of the few Venetian exports and as such, the secret of this skillful craft was tightly guarded.

    The glass-factory's showroom full of magnificent glassware. However, the prices are not cheap here. Some items cost several ten-thousands euros! Prices are much more reasonable in the gift shop where you can buy plenty of souvenirs or simply enjoy the island without buying what you don’t need and don’t want.
    Fans of Glass should also plan a visit on Fondamenta Giustinian 8, to the Glass Museum, which was the ancient residence of the bishops of Torcello.
    Entrance tickets cost €4,00 or €6,00 for a ticket which combines entrance to the Glass Museum and the Lace Museum on Burano.
    The nearby Church of San Mary & Donato has a beautiful mosaic pavement from the 12th Century.

    The next stop is a 15-minute ride to the lovely fishing island of Burano. The island is the most picturesque of Venetian Islands of the Lagoon. The village is a scaled down version of Venice with small canals, and pastel coloured houses like in Nyhavn - Copenhagen. Burano is well known for its lace making; in the 16th century the industry was at its height and Burano was cited through Europe for having produced the finest lace.
    Legend has it that lace-making began when a Venetian sailor, returning after a long voyage, brought his ladylove a gift of exotic seaweed called mermaid's lace. To while away the hours once the sailor was back at sea, the girl tried to re-create the intricate design of the seaweed in lace.
    The Lace Museum, which opened in 1981, is situated in the old Lace-School (Piazza Galuppi 187). The only trouble is that few women are left on Burano willing to spend the time to make these fine artworks. Beware, however, of vendors selling items that are not genuine Burano lace.

    Public Transportation: There is a direct boat, the DM, from Tronchetto, Piazzale Roma and the railway station (Ferrovia).
    Murano's Faro stop is the first halt on the LN (Laguna Nord) ferry from the Fondamenta Nove on Venice's northern shore, which continues to Burano. From Faro, it's a 33-minute trip to Burano.

    Colorful buildings on the island of Burano Santi Maria e Donato cathedral Murano Glass Showroom Murano Glassmaking demonstration
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    The lagoon – islands and wildlife

    by Trekki Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    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.

    Northern lagoon - seen from Torcello's campanile Lagoon - seen from the plane Northern lagoon Venezia lagoon
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    Sunset Cruise

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Sep 25, 2006

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    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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    by belgianchocolate Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    What is it that people are attracted by water?
    Most of us love it. It brings life maybe....
    is it that.

    We chose a campground near the sea at
    'Lido Del Cavallino'

    We drove witht the car to the end of the
    That place is 'Punta Sabbioni'.
    A lot of parking space is provided...
    Of course you have to pay for that service.
    They got different prices , but also a different
    approach. The first one gives a ticket with
    a number , so you can only get your car .
    The other one has got a nice parking lady
    helping Frederik to park under the shaded
    garage. (which was quit hopeless and
    hilarious at the same time).
    Anyway , it will cost you between 5 and 8 euro.
    You can also park a little farther and have a
    nice walk along the water.

    We were lucky , it was like if the boat was
    waiting for us. 6 euro , peanuts.
    And for that price we got an hour of sailing.

    Don't lean over that fence to
    To be honest we found cruising towards
    Venice exiting. We were like little children on their first boattrip. We didn't even knew at
    what side of the city we would end up.

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    boat ride to the islands

    by domenicococozza Written Aug 16, 2007

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    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.

    vaporetto on the grand canal approaching murano

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    Burano ans Murano??

    by sanluipal Written Feb 4, 2007

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    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!

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    Island Hopping

    by SLLiew Written Nov 5, 2006

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    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.

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    ~~incredible ~~voyage~~

    by adonai_2012 Written Sep 7, 2006

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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!!!

    i n c r e d i b i l e a Burano shot

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    Murano and Burano Islands

    by royalempress Written Mar 12, 2005

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    Two Islands that you should really see are Murano and Burano Islands. Murano is famous for Venetian glass and Burano for hand made lace. I really prefer the slower pace of Burano Island and the homes are really picturesque.
    For more information on these Islands check out my Travel Pages.

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    A day around the Islands

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    A day should be spent on the islands of the Northern Lagoon - Murano, Mazzorbo where you can walk across to Burano and from Burano the ferry to Torcello. After all this sightseeing its enjoyable to spend an hour or two sailing back to Venice via the southern Lagoon and the lido.

    Murano is famed for is glass, Mazzorbo for its market garden artichokes, Burano for lace and tranquil Torcello has a church with amazing frescos.


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    Burano and Murano

    by Albernfrau Written Nov 1, 2008

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    If you love glass art, glass blowing, etc. then go to Murano and stroll the numerous glass shops and find yourself a treasure. It all seemed quite pricedy to me but I am not a glass enthusiast. We enjoyed watching the glass makers hard at work. Instead of going to see one of the free tours in the stores we peaked into the back alley door of a glass manufacturer and watched the men hard at work making glass creations.

    We didn't stay on Murano long as unless you are into glass there wasn't much else to do. We caught the boat to Burano. It was a surprisingly looooonngggg ride (approx. 45 mins) but worth it. Burano is such a sweet escape. The buildings are oh so colourfully painted. It seems sooooo quiet after having been in Venice. We enjoyed strolling the entire town. We ate our first Italian pizza in Burano and loved it. There are lots of neat stores here too. Most of all it just seemed so peaceful. It was definitely worth the long transit ride here.

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    by abi_maha Updated Feb 2, 2009

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    It lies immediately south of the central islands of Venice, from which it is separated by the Giudecca Canal. San Giorgio Maggiore lies off its eastern tip. Giudecca is a long narrow island shaped like a fishbone located immediately to the south of Venice. It may have been named after the Jews ("guidei") who settled there during the Middle Ages or the condemned nobles (“giudicati”) who were banished there during the ninth century.

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    Murano and Burano

    by nlaine Written Apr 27, 2006

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    Don't leave Venice without visiting Murano and Burano (from here you'll get the Murano glass a bit cheaper). Go to the glassware shops in Murano and check out the colorful buildings in Burano. Really beatiful.

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    off the beaten path

    by LOHRER Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    where life goes on without the daily rush and hustle of tourist Venice. home again, for a while anyway. the familiare faces, food and own four walls. home is where the heart is and where we put our feet up.

    from the backdoor
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    Islands in the Lagoon

    by freya_heaven Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    Torcello, Murano, Burano, San Michele are some of the Islands in the lagoon off Venice.

    I have actually done separate pages under each of the above..............Have a look (~_~)

    They are all lovely in their own ways, but personally Torcello was my Favourite

    San Michele

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