Islands Overview: Murano, Burano, Torcello


Famous Murano and Burano and lesser-known Torcello can all be visited in one afternoon. Burano is famous for its colorful houses and a good lunch spot Il Gatto Nero (Via Giudecce 88). Torcello, a 45-minute vaporetto ride from central Venice, has the city’s first cathedral, Santa Maria dell’Assunta. Murano is more touristy than nearby Burano, but it has also retained the air of a village. Bypass the main streets (called fondamente), where most shops sell tacky trinkets, and search out the smaller workshops, many located along the Fondamenta dei Vetrai. Most will gladly open their doors to you and let you see glassblowing in action. Gianni Seguso (Fondamenta Serenella 3; 39 041 527-5341; works by custom order only. Stop for lunch at Acquastanca (Fondamenta Manin 48), which is family-run and serves simple, delicious local food.

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