Murano, Burano, and Torcello: the Islands of Venice
Murano, Burano, and Torcello are three destinations that, along with Venice, tell a story of ancient mysteries, art, legends, and memories. The islands are actually groups of islands, in part inhabited and in part abandoned to nature. Each island has a history of centuries old traditions and hidden architectural treasures of great charm, too often overlooked by mass tourism. A visit to Murano, Burano, and Torcello requires at least half a day, but it would be better to spend one or more days here to fully enjoy the magic of these places. If you are ready to hop around armed with a camera, here's a small taste of what awaits you!
MURANO: WHERE GLASS TURNS INTO A MASTERPIECE
Known all over the world for the skill of the master glaziers, Murano is a little gem that consists of a complex of seven minor islands.
For the past 800 years Murano has been one of the most important world centers for craftsmanship and artistic glass: to realize that, you just need to walk around the shops and witness the creation of the works in one of the many kilns, or visit the beautiful Museum of Glass. Among the monuments and places of interest, we recommend the Cathedral of Saints Mary and Donato, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, the Church of San Pietro Martire, and the lighthouse of Murano.
BURANO: PASTEL COLORS AND HAND MADE LACE
Burano is located north-east of Murano, to which it is connected by a navigable route. Burano is characterized by the pastel colors of the private houses (red, blue, green, and yellow) built along the canals. From an artistic point of view, Burano has a textile production that has reached an unmatched level of perfection. In particular, Burano's lace is one of the most appreciated laces of the world, that can be worth thousands of euros.
To see the work of the lace makers, stop by the Lace Museum in Piazza Galuppi.
TORCELLO: IN THE HEART OF THE LAGUNA VENETA
The most striking island is perhaps the least well known. With 17 registered inhabitants in July 2014, Torcello is basically uninhabited. Its decline attracts visitors among labyrinths of channels and deserted beaches. The classic tour includes the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Devil's Bridge, and the so called Throne of Attila at the Provincial Museum of Torcello.