Murano is synonymous with glass; its colourful and delicately manufactured items are inimitable and much sought after around the world. Take the water bus (vaporetto) from Piazzale Roma and in 20 minutes you will reach the island where you will be able to visit the furnaces, see glass being manufactured and do a little shopping. But Murano also offers interesting artistic and cultural attractions: don’t miss the Cathedral of the Saints Mary and Donato, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture and the Church of St Peter the Martyr.
Burano is only a 30 minute water bus (vaporetto) ride from Piazzale Roma or can be reached directly from the island of Murano; it is the most beautiful island on the Venetian Lagoon. The island is famous for the production of lace (they even have a dedicated museum) and above all for its colourful houses. The different colours had the function of marking out property boundaries, although legend has it that the fishermen used the system for identifying their home from afar.
Located immediately opposite Burano, this small island is a concentration of history, because it was here that the first nucleus of Venice was established, beginning with the ancient Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption with its impressive mosaic of The Last Judgement and the Church of St Fosca. Also not-to-be-missed is the so-called throne of Attila and the Devil’s Bridge.
San Giorgio (St George)
Opposite St. Mark’s lies the island of St. George, surmounted by the Basilica of the same name with its adjacent monastery. The island can be reached by Route No. 2 of the water bus (vaporetto) service and offers a wonderful view over the city, St. Mark’s basin and the Square. The bell tower is most definitely worth visit (€5).
The Lido is a quiet island that retains a relaxed atmosphere of charm all year round. It livens up during the summer and especially in September, during the Venice Film Festival. The main reason behind the interest in the Lido is its beaches and its proximity to St Mark’s Square which is only 15 minutes away by water bus (vaporetto).