Islands of Venice

There are several islands a short boat ride from Venice that are well worth a look when you visit this beautiful city.

Murano

One of the most popular is nearby Murano. Most tourists come to visit the glassmakers and buy some souvenirs. There are plenty of opportunities. The art has been practiced here for centuries. Since the late 13th century, glass artisans here have been offering their wares to rich and poor alike. Prices can range from a few dollars for a trinket to thousands for a true work of art.

The Museo Vetraio (Glass Museum) on the island continues to attract visitors by the thousands every year. A 30-minute tour provides a complete introduction to this fascinating and beautiful craft. Tourists can see an outstanding church on the island: Basilica di Santi Maria e Donato. There’s also a fascinating small lighthouse worth a look.

Lido

For those looking to enjoy the beach during one of Venice’s warm summers, the Lido is a great option. The Venice Film festival takes place here in September and many celebrities attend. There’s also golf for those who can’t stay away from the clubs even on a holiday.

A brief boat ride takes one out to Sant Erasmo. Pellestrina is another option for those looking for a quieter spot to stretch out and catch some rays.

Torcello

This nature preserve continues to attract animal lovers by the score. The human population numbers fewer than 100, but there are thousands of wild birds and sea life species. There’s also a beautiful church, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the 7th century it is one of the city’s oldest. The Mosaic of the Madonna continues to be one of the main attractions.

Burano

With 7,000 inhabitants, Burano is one of the larger islands of the area and there’s much to see.

Famed for its lace-making industry, this island near Venice is well worth a visit. Traditionally a small fishing village, it houses the Museo del Merletto displaying many samples of the wares that made the town famous.

Burano island canal

Burano island canal

Others are attracted to the island by its numerous colorful houses. Alongside a pink one there will be ones that are green and yellow. Next to those, some that are lavender and blue. And so it goes in Burano.

Many tour operators offer multiple island packages. One can easily visit three in an afternoon without being exhausted. The character of each is distinct and no visit to Venice is complete without seeing them.

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