Saturday, June 18, 2011

Venetian Wonderland - Part Two

No trip to Venice is complete without exploring the islands of Murano and Burano. We dedicated a full day to exploring the northern lagoon and visited Murano, Burano, Torcello and Lido. We bought full day tickets and boarded a vaperetto (water bus) with other excited tourists and some locals.

Our first stop was Murano, an island famous for its glass production and there are many
shops selling glass jewelry and decoration items. We were also lucky enough to see a glass
blowing demonstration - truly amazing the way these people are so creative with glass!

We walked around Murano and had some coffee before heading on to Burano. Burano is a very
pretty island with brightly colored houses lined up next to one another. This island is famous
for its lace production.

We had a picnic lunch there and then proceeded on to our next stop, Torcello. Torcello is a
quiet island that used to be the most populated part of Venice. There is an old cathedral,
church and a bridge known as the Devil's Little Bridge. Not much to do and much quieter than
mainland Venice.

Our final stop was Lido. Lido is more modern and residential as compared to traditional
Venice and people can actually drive here. There is not much to actually see here but there is
a beach where people can simply hang out or do some sports. We also got to enjoy some
gelato there!

After a busy day exploring these beautiful islands, we went back to our apartment around
sunset. Our Venetian adventure had come to an end and I truly enjoyed every minute of it.
There is so much hype about Venice but I do feel it is indeed a very unique and romantic place,
worth its reputation!

Next up, our Polish encounter!


Ravipa said...

It is unbelievable that we were there in these colorful islands only few days ago... So colorful, so serene....

Dvd said...

Great colors, great pictures, great people ;-)


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