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…
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!
I had to take a photo of this little boat:
We got the next ferry back to Murano and just walked to the end we wanted:
The church was very interesting – really old:
Next stop was the glass museum. I took so many photos in there! There’s some gorgeous displays:
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:
And then on towards the ferry stop:
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!)
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.
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:
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:
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 🙂
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…