Once you had enough of the hustle and bustle of Venice, you should hop on a boat by the Danieli Hotel to visit the islands around Venice. Burano, Murano and Torcello are three fabulous islands of Venice. You have the choice between taking an organized Venice island tour or taking the vaporetto by yourself and visit the islands independently. I would suggest you to check the vaporetto (water bus) schedule (orari vaporetti venezia in Italian), before you take off for the journey, because the water buses dont run very frequently to these islands. Murano and Burano are the most interesting but also a bit touristy islands of Venice.
The island of Burano (Isola di Burano) is famous for its colorful architecture. It is famous for its small brightly painted houses. The colors of the houses originated from the golden ages. When one wants to paint his house, he has to get the color approved by the local government. The island of Burano is the most colorful island in Venice. From Venice to Burano it takes about 40 minutes by vaporetto. The island was famous for artisan lace makers. Lace making began in the 16th century and the island has been famous for it ever since. The island is very picturesque. You can see everything on the island in about an hour. Burano island in Venice is a very Instagrammable destination and one should not miss it during a trip to Venice.
After seeing Burano, I got back on the ferry to visit the next island, Murano, (Isola di Murano) which is famous for glass making. It is very beautiful as well. It is also known as the glass island. This island is slightly larger than Burano. It was initially settled by the Romans. Murano island of Venice minted its own coins in the old days. In 1291, glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano, because of a risk of fire. Soon after, the island became famous for glass beads and mirrors and later for chandeliers. The island became the largest producer of glass of Europe. Today the Murano Glass Museum can still be visited. It is easy to get from Venice to Murano, hop on the water bus No 41 or 42 at Fondamente Nuove and you will be in Murano in 10 minutes. The island of Murano is a fascinating place and an incredible place to visit.
The last island one has to visit around Venice, is Torcello. The famous cathedral in Torcello, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, was founded in 639. Torcello had a population of 10-30,000 people around the 10th century. It was a much more important trading center at the time than Venice was. Later on, the lagoon near Torcello became a swamp attracting malaria spreading mosquitoes. The population eventually abandoned the island and fled to the neighbouring islands. Today, there are only about 10 people living in Torcello. I took some photos in Attila the Hun’s chair, walked across the Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo) and then took a ferry back to Venice. It is a beautiful way to spend a day away from touristy Venice, discovering these picturesque islands.
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