It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was 7000 kilometres (4300 miles) away, discovering some of the lesser-seen parts of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, and this morning I’m sitting at my computer at home writing my blog as usual. What a difference a day makes, as they say.
Although it was my third (and Rich’s sixth) visit to Italy’s slightly-scruffy masterpiece of canals and bridges, I never get tired of exploring its labyrinth of alleyways and ‘Campos’. Of all the cities I’ve ever visited, Venice is without doubt my favourite.
Yet sometimes it’s nice to escape the hordes of other visitors (especially at this time of year) and head out into the lagoon, to sample some of its other islands. Being so close to Venice, the glassmakers’ island of Murano is by far the most popular, and can be almost as busy as Venice itself.
Between Murano and Venice is the peaceful cemetery island of San Michele.
Most remote is the semi-deserted Torcello, with its beautiful cathedral.
But my personal favourite of the Venetian Lagoon’s outlying islands is Burano. Forty minutes from the closest Vaporetto (Venice’s main waterbus service) stop in Venice, and only five minutes from Torcello, it’s distant enough to deter the worst of the crowds. And although Burano can still be quite busy, it’s certainly more sedate than Murano, let alone Venice.
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