Thursday, 7 July 2011

Venice Lagoon Islands - Lido, Murano, Burano, Torcello

If you are in Venice for a few days you may want to consider taking a boat ride to visit some of the Venice Lagoon Islands. You may find the following islands to be interesting.

Lido
If you are a beach lover and want to enjpy some sunshine and swimming during one of Venice's warm summers, then Lido is a great option. In September the Venice Film festival takes place and lots of celebrities attend. If you want a game golf you'll also find a good golf course here.

A short boat ride will take you out to Sant Erasmo. Pellestrina is another option for those looking for a quieter spot to sunbathe.

Murano

One of the most popular Lido lagoon islands is Murano. A lot of tourists come to Murano to visit the glassmakers and buy some souvenirs. 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.

Burano

Burano has 7,000 inhabitants, and is one of the larger islands of the area so there is a lot to see here. There are lots of lovely colourful houses in pink, yellow, lavender, green and blue

This island is famous for its lace-making industry. It was traditionally a small fishing village and it houses the Museo del Merletto displaying many samples of the wares that made the town famous.

Torcello

Finally there is Torcello. This is a nature preserve and attract animal lovers. The human population numbers fewer than 100, but there are thousands of wild birds and sea life species. There is also a lovely church, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was built in the 7th century. The Mosaic of the Madonna is one of the main attractions.

You can easily spend a full day visiting the Venice Lagoon Islands and there is lots to do and see for everyone.

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