The lagoon island of Murano is a miniature Venice and has been the historic heart of Venetian glass production for over 800 years, reaching its peak between the 15th and 16th centuries.
Historically, Murano owes its prosperity entirely to glass. From the late 13th century, when the population numbered over 30,000, Murano enjoyed self government, minted its own coins, and had its own...
Burano was one of the first places in the lagoon to be settled. Even after the decline of nearby Torcello, it continued to prosper as a fishing community. In contrast to the rarefied Torcello, Burano is densely populated, its waterways lined with brightly-painted houses. The island has dramatically changed its aspect in the last few decades, turning from a quiet and austere fishing vill...
Torcello was founded in the 5th century by Roman citizens, fleeing successive waves of invading barbarians on the Mainland. With the nearby islands of Burano and Mazzorbo, it was the first serious lagoon settlement and, by the 10th century, was home to the most important bazaar for eastern trade, the Emporion mega. As the Rialto community grew in importance, Torcello became a centre...
The Lido is a slender sandbank 12 km (8 miles) long, which forms a natural barrier between Venice and the open sea. It is both a residential suburb of the city and more importantly for tourists, the city’s seaside resort.
This island in the lagoon, as well as her sister Pellestrina, allows cars It is linked to the Tronchetto island car park by car ferry almost every half an ho...
San Michele: the Cemetery Island
The cemetery island on San Michele lies just across the water from Venice’s Fondamente Nuove. The bodies of Venetians were traditionally buried in church graveyards in Venice, but for reasons of hygiene and space, San Michele monastery island and its agricultural neighbor of St. Cristorforo were joined and designated as cemeteries in the 19th century by Napol...