Laguna di Venezia
Laguna di Venezia
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Many famous and fascinating islands can be found on this large body of water located between Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Murano, Burano, Torcello
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Jisagod2u
London, UK235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The whole city is built on a lagoon so of course you are going to see this. Also, NO MOSQUITOES - my girlfriend hates them so is always looking, and we both saw maybe one or two over a 4-day visit. Who knows where they have migrated to this August??!
Written August 15, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Venice lagoon is very large. It stretches some 60 km from the northeast at Jesolo to Chioggia in the south. The island with the old city of Venice is about halfway. Due to the sediments of rivers flowing into the Adriatic sea here, most of the lagoon is shallow (approximately 10m). Dredged channels ensure vessels can sail through the lagoon especially near Venice. When the tide is low you can observe vast areas with mud flats.

Most tourists are attracted by the string of islands that border the lagoon and mark the Adriatic coast line. Of course Venice, but also islets like Murano and the Lido are popular. You can get a good impression of the lagoon by walking from Mestre on the mainland along the causeway to Venice (4 km walking right through it).
Written October 19, 2021
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mickwrobinson
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Visit Murano, Torcella and Burano by boat. A great afternoon, well spent for Euro20 p.p. Experience the old glass-blowing skills of craftsmen. Take a gentle stroll to the Basilica on Torello. Have a cold beer on Burano. Be astonished at the size of the Venetian Laguna.
Written November 8, 2021
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need2trvl
Miamisburg, OH846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
So surreal to be there versus seeing Venice from movies, TV , or print material. We were 5hwew a couple of days after Venice had to raise the dam sue to high waters. Italy and Venice had serious flooding in May 2023. Made us appreciate how fragile Venice is. Did a water bus, gondola and sat in a cafe watching for hours. Nothing like it in the world.
Written June 30, 2023
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Buss Brigitte
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Buy a weekly ticket and drive around with public transport and you learn to see the lagune world of Venice from the vaporllo. Great service and wonderful laguna. Happy that Mose is now working well! Congrate!!
Written October 15, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
An amazingly fantastic part of our world. Who dreamed of building a city in and around these beautiful waters? A great way of seeing the waters is by jogging around the islands in the early morning before the majority sightseers come out, or use the hop-on, hop-off Vaporetto water bus system. The latter is inexpensive but can get crowded.
Written February 21, 2019
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Moscow, Russia136,161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The Venetian lagoon is located in the northeast of Italy and is separated from the Adriatic by a sandy spit and small narrow islands of Lido and Pellestrino. In three straits, hermetic dams have been built near the islands, which block the access of water in storm situations.
Written December 31, 2022
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Kurt M
Malmö, Sweden530 contributions
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Mar 2013 • Family
Of course one of the pleasures of Venice is to get lost in the labyrinth of little streets and passways and squares of Venice. Everytime you turn a corner a new sight or experience is waiting for you.

Of course you can walk to San Marco and the Accademia and whatnot, and you pass the Canale Grande anyway.

Of course the price for a single vaporetto (water bus) ticket is steep at €7 for 1 hour.

However:

If you are lucky enough to stay in Venice for more than one day do yourselves the favour and buy a vaporetto pass! They get relatively cheaper the longer validity you choose, and become excellent value.

Walking in Venice can be exciting - but it is nice and convenient, too, to be able to take a water bus between, say, the railway station and San Marco when you feel like it.

Of course it is great to see Canale Grande from the waterside.

The vaporetto pass includes e.g. trips to Murano (the glass works) and the Lido (Venice's beach). Both are great destinations for excursions which you won't regret.

And it can be great fun to hop on and off vaporettos (they go often enough) in a hapzard fashion and be taken to places you had neither planned to visit or heard of. Sit down somewhere, and enjoy an unknown neighbourhood where local people actually live their daily lives.

Try to get lost on the vaporetto lines, a mini- maze in itself. What is the difference between line 4.1 and 5.1? Kids (of all ages) will love it - there is so much to see right and left.

During our stay in March we had trips through dense fog right out of a Hitchcock film, a hazy sunny day across to Lido, and suddenly on a crisp cold morning we could see fresh snow on the Alps north of Venice - from the Laguna.

And last not least: Take the vaporettos and understand Venice better by seeing the extent of the Laguna, a vast stretch of water which always has been the city's life source and its main route of transportation, its protection against enemies and a threat of its survival.

You can reach the Guggenheim by Vaporetto and enjoy and learn about art.
And you can take the vaporetto and enjoy and learn about Venice. Do both!
Written March 24, 2013
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daithelife
Northampton, UK115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
A stay in Venice can be very tiring especially once you have seen all the major sights. If like my wife and I you have been visiting for a number of years and age and heat are making you feel tired and weary then let me recommend something different. Your Vaporetto pass (which of course you bought for the whole duration of your stay?) can be used to spend a very pleasant day cruising the lagoon, and it need cost you nothing! Go to Fondamente Nuovo and take the LN boat to Murano and look around. Get the next boat to Burano and do the same. Take the 'T' boat on to Torcello and stroll gently to the Church and Cathedral (It will cost 5 euros to enter - but its worth it). Go back to Burano and take the LN onward to the Lido where you can enjoy an ice cream before aleisurly cruise back to Venice on the 'LN'.

Your pass covers all the boats, it will take all day, and you will see a very different Venice and appreciate it much more.
Written August 11, 2011
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berver65
Brussels, Belgium128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
If you are staying 3 days or more in Venice, you should visit the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.
I wouldn’t say that any of these 3 islands is unmissable but it’s the variety of these 3 that makes a nice trip (7/8 hours without any museum but with lunch and coffee break).
If you do plan this visit, I recommend you strongly to buy the Vaporetto pass which allow you to take as many rides as you want for a period of 24 hours from the time of your first ride (20€/person). When you know that it cost 7,50€ for a single ride (regardless of the distance), it’s worth it. At the end of your visit, you should head back to Saint Mark’s place where you should do the grand canal which will pass in front of nice houses and palaces hard to admire from the ‘ground’. From Murano, You can take the line 4.2 (about 10 stops) or the line 7 (3 stops I think). Be aware that the Vaporetti are frequently crowded and sometimes overcrowded. If you take the 4.2, you can get off when you reach the first stop in the North of Venice (P. de Nove) and go South on foot or stay in the Vaporetto and wait until it drops you off 15 minutes later.
If you still have time, you could go to Giudecca island ( long island in the South of Venice) before going to Saint Mark’s place because this island can only be reached by boat.
Consequently, to use this Vaporetto pass to the full, wake up early…

To reach the islands from Venice, you’ll have to reach the P. de Nove stop. If you come by Vaporetto, you have to get off and wait there to get another big one (Line 12).

Between the islands, there is a boat about every 20 minutes. Maybe, you can check the timetables before starting your visit.

TORCELLO
If you do visit like us the 3 islands, begin buy this one since it was our third choice I would say and at the end of the day there must be more boats passing buy Murano than Torcello.
First island with inhabitants and with the biggest population. Historical and religious heart of the lagoon. I advise you visit this island since it’s only 5 minutes away from Burano. There are some buildings and ruins dating back from the VII century for the most ancient parts. It used to be a very important christian place which hosted 20.000 people. Nowadays, only 20!
When you step out of the boat, make a right and follow the little canal which will lead you to the place. It’s about 5 to 10 minutes walking (look for the campanile).
There are some buildings to be visited (from 10:30am to 6pm from March 1st till October 31st ) :
- The Basilica (5€ and 2€ for the audio guide). First cathedral of Venice and oldest building of the lagoon. The actual building has been enlarged in 824 and rebuilt for a part in 1008.
- A small museum (3€) or the combined ticket for 8€ audio guide included.
- The campanile built in the XI and severely hit in 2008 by a lightning (5€).
In the Middle Ages, the island counted 10 churches but malaria has killed many inhabitants and most of the survivors moved to the island of actual Venice. Palaces and churches dismantled and parts used in palaces in Venice.

BURANO
About 40 minutes from Venice.
This fisherman’s village should be visited for the colors of its houses. 99% of them are painted in different bright colors which gives a special and original vision! At the origin, it seems like fishermen wanted to recognize their homes from far away after their working day…
Burano also seems to be famous for the lace. There is even a museum. Note that this lace museum and the glass museum of Murano are included in the Venice pass museum.
Lace work began during the XVI century in Italy and the lace from Burano was once famous in all Europe. At the beginning of the XX century, there was only one woman left who were practicing! Consequently, the city asked for some young girls to learn how to do it in order not to loose this know how.
If you want to buy one piece of lace, be aware that if it’s cheap, it might be done in a factory.

MURANO
Only 10 minutes away from Venice.
This island is very famous for its very old glass history. It started in the XI th century on the actual island of Venice but, in 1291, the glass industry has been moved to Murano island. First because they were too afraid that the furnace work might start a fire since at that time most of the houses were certainly in wood. Secondly, to protect the secrets of production.
The quality of glass
When you step out of the boat, go straight. Then about 50m on the left, you’ll see a door with ‘Furnace’ next to the door. I advise you to enter this shop since you’ll be able to watch someone producing live an object in glass. I have been impressed how fast this burning glass turned into a nice decorative object. Don’t expect to see many other places which will make these objects in front of you. I even saw someone that was working but said that this wasn’t a free demonstration place. Too bad for him because while I was watching him, my wife was looking at his products. At the end of my stay on this island, I think I have seen another furnace (Ellegi glass factory) but it was closed at 4:15pm.
If you have no plan of the island, when you are going out of this furnace/shop, make a left and when you’ll hit water, make a right. After 2 or 300 meters, you’ll see a bridge and cross it. Note that you will have to cross this bridge again on your way back and I suggest you to go straight this time for the return trip in order not to use the same track again.
So, continue your way and cross the next (big) bridge.
Then make a right and follow the river. After 300 m, you’ll see the glass museum if you want to and 100m further, you’ll hit the church of Maria e Donato which deserves a visit (donation) especially for the floor (pieces of marble of the Xii century). Look the outside of it on the river side (apse)!
After the visit of the church, you can cross this last bridge BUT you have to know that there isn’t any one left to bring you on the other bank at the end of your walk. Just be aware of it. You’ll have to return by the same way that you have come.

Luggages
If it was your last day just like us, if your hotel can’t keep your suitcases, you can leave them at a ‘Deposito bagagli’. That’s like a shop with an employee which will keep your stuff until 9pm for 7€/suitcase. There is one in front of the square where all the busses are waiting.

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Written September 17, 2017
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