The 3 Island Boat Tour of Venice
While visiting Venice, we took an excursion on the 3 Island Boat Tour to visit Murano, Torcello and Burano. Just traveling by vaporetti is an adventure. Each island in Venice holds its own in a particular category. There's an island for the cemetery, there's an island that held the fortress to protect the lagoon during war, there's another one with the only allowable beach.
// MURANO //
Murano is known for its glass. The tour guided us to a small dock, where we walked straight into the Murano glass headq's. Chuck (probably) did a demonstration for us and sculpted a pony out of that red and yellow piece down there.. Everyone in the room was mesmerized. They had to shuffle us on to the next part of the tour to break our trance.
Torcello has some major history. It was one of the first populated islands after being driven off mainland from people like Attila the Hun...that B. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639, can still be visited today. The island that had a heyday of 10,000 residents, now has a population closer to 20. As we walked the relatively short bank to visit the church grounds, we must have passed 3 or 4 ridiculously large backyard table restaurants. It was the weirdest.
And finally, Burano. This little bubble gum island is known for its lace, but actually we didn't know that til we got to Venice. We only knew it as the super colorful island - the one where I could never tell if people were just using a ton of different filters on their photos because some were vibrant and loud and others, soft and pastel-y. It's both. Apparently the colors of each home aren't allowed to change by law. This meant that we walked up and down those streets contemplating if the obnoxious lime green homeowner was more or less upset that his house got the shaft, than his neighbor across the street who can't open their windows without shades OR if people off-set the exterior with all white interiors. These are the kind of things we were dealing with.
Oh. Also, we went to Burano twice. Since it was the last stop on the boat tour, we got there after sunset. We ended up taking another boat out there the next day. That actually worked out better because we spent way more time there than the tour allowed and got to take pictures in the (cloudy) daylight. But, take note if you're thinking of taking the afternoon cruise.
As we stood on the bank of the Santa Lucia station about to board our train to the bus to the flight to the car back home (planes, trains and automobiles anyone?), we sighed an exhausted, touristy sigh (you know the one) and said 'we already miss you, Venice' BUT 'we'll see you next week, Italy!'Because, Rome.pound sign spoiled.