Murano, Burano and other Venetian Islands

Our last day in Venice, so we wanted to see some of the other islands. Most famous are Murano (glass) and Burano (lace), both of which I’ve been to twice before. This time, however, we went to some different ones as well (some on purpose, others, not so much…)

We’d planned to go really early, but somehow it was nearly 9.30 by the time we headed off. We went and bought ourselves a daily pass for the ferries – single rides are quite expensive in Venice, but so is the daily pass. Still cheaper than 3 trips though. The ferry was awfully full already but we managed to get on. Our first stop was San Michele – Cemetery Island. I hadn’t been there and expected it to be a bit green. Not so much…

Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views around eimitero di San Michele Island, Venice
Views between San Michele and Le Vignole island, Venice

The next stop was supposed to be Murano. Somehow though, we’d managed to get on the wrong ferry – they’re not marked very well! We should’ve known because it was full of locals and not very full at that. So it went to Murano (we asked!) but not the stop we wanted – instead it went off to Vignole instead! We got off and had a look around while we waited for the next ferry back. It’s obviously a residential and farming island. Nice to see a bit of green!

Views around Le Vignole island, Venice
Views around Le Vignole island, Venice
Views around Le Vignole island, Venice
Views around Le Vignole island, Venice
Views around Le Vignole island, Venice

I had to take a photo of this little boat:

Views around Le Vignole island, Venice
Views between Le Vignole and Murano Islands, Venice

We got the next ferry back to Murano and just walked to the end we wanted:

Views around Murano island, Venice

The church was very interesting – really old:

Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice
Views around Murano island – Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Venice

Next stop was the glass museum. I took so many photos in there! There’s some gorgeous displays:

Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice
Views around Murano island – The Glass Museum, Venice

We stopped for some lunch – it was expensive and the servings not particularly generous but tasty enough and we got to sit down for a while! After that we walked back to the ferry stop. We came across this lovely little statue set in a shop. I really liked it:

Views around Murano island, Venice

And then on towards the ferry stop:

Views around Murano island, Venice
Views around Murano island, Venice
Views around Murano island, Venice
Views around Murano island, Venice
Views around Murano island, Venice

where we headed off to Burano. The ferry was incredibly packed. We stopped at Mazzorbo because I’d seen ads for a vineyard there, and it was walkable to Burano. We walked through the vineyard – it was nice. There were people having drinks and having a great deal of fun a little distance away from us (one of them started taking his pants off, so it was just as well!)

Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Views around Mazzorbo Island, Venice

Then we got into Burano proper. Lots of lace shops but we didn’t see anything we liked enough to buy. The buildings here are so brightly painted. Kinda nice, and kinda kitschy. Still, photogenic! We walked around a while and then back to Mazzorbo for a last bit of green.

Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice
Views around Burano Island, Venice

We got the ferry back to the city – we had to stand the whole way since the ferry was so full. We were so footsore, we just sat at the nearest pub and had a beer, watching the ferries and boats across the lagoon. And the sun starting to go down a little:

Ride back from Burona to Venice
Ride back from Burona to Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice

We headed back to the hotel to get changed and then get a different ferry from San Marco square across to the Guidecca island, Zitelle stop. We had a drink in a bar and watched the sun go down some more:

Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice

And then walked a little further for some dinner and watching the activity on the lagoon and Venice…a tall ship came by and we saw a big cruise ship. Very exciting for Eileen 🙂

Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice

We then got the ferry from here to the Rialto, just so we could see the Grand Canal by night. It took us by the car park, the cruise ship terminal and the train station as well…

Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice
Dusk and evening in Venice

Then back to the hotel for another late night…

(Visited 27 time, 1 visit today)