Itinerary: Venice, Burano, Murano, Torcello
Murano, Burano, Torcello: the islands of the Venitian Lagoon
Murano, Burano and Torcello, are the most beautiful islands located in the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon (pic n°1). Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the real Venetian soul. Here, it still possible to admire and buy handicraft products like "tombolo" (hand- knitted fabrics with complicated decorations) and see some ancient traditions that have survived over the centuries until now.
All these three islands have their own characteristics and peculiarities:
Murano (pic n°2) is a worldwide famous island chiefly for its magnificent artistic handmade glass items. (pic n°3) An ancient tradition that is still preserved.
Similarly to Venice, Murano has its canals as well and even his own Grand Canal that divides the island into two parts. Along the canals, you will find some remarkable palaces and buildings. Do not miss the Museum of Glass Art and a little further, the Basilica of Santa Maria and Donato, founded in the seventh century, with a beautiful apse with white columns and a mosaic floor dating back to 1140.
Burano (pic n°4) will surprise you with its houses painted with bright colors so that they seem to be really like a color palette. Beyond these charming colorful houses, this island is famous for its art of beautiful handmade lace (pic n°5). On the island, there are several shops selling lace, lace tablecloths, and strips and in some of these shops you can even watch how the skillful lace makers work.
Torcello has an ancient history, whose evidence you can find visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta built in the seventh century by the patriarch of Ravenna and adorned on the apse and on the inner walls by beautiful Byzantine mosaics on a golden background, among them the most important mosaic is the "Last Judgement".
Outside the cathedral you can visit the small Byzantine church of Santa Fosca (pic n°6) and the famous throne of Attila, although the Hun never had occasion to sit on this strange stone.
Some pictures of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon:
Venetian Lagoon (pic n°1); Murano (pic n°2); Art Glass of Murano (pic n°3); Burano (pic n°4); Burano, handmade lace (pic n°5); Byzantine church of Santa Fosca (pic n°6)