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Directions to Murano, Burano, Torcello

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With the kind help of ellenem, I compiled vaporetto numbers and routes to the outlying islands. To the best of my knowledge, this information is correct. There is no need to respond to this message.

Murano, Burano, Torcello

Get up early in the morning since to visit all three islands takes a good five to seven hours. The time you spend on Burano and Torcello is in one-hour increments (vaporetto ferries leave hourly), and one hour is about enough for each. If you leave by 9 or 10 a.m., you can be back in Venice by late afternoon/early evening (assuming you take time to have lunch). Time it just perfectly, and you ride back to Venice with the sunset sending orange sparklers across the waters of the lagoon as you arrive. Cool.

Approximate duration of the journey:

- Venice (Fondamenta Nove) to Murano: 10 minutes
- Murano to Burano: 35 minutes
- Burano to Torcello: 5 minutes
- Torcello to Venice (Fondamenta Nove): 50 minutes

The main vaporetto line to take to reach the outlying islands in the northern Venetian lagoon is Line 12, which departs from Fondamente Nove on the north side of the Cannaregio district. One can walk to Fondamenta Nove or connect there from a number of other vaporetto lines. Line 12 stops at the "Faro" (lighthouse) vaporetto stop on Murano (8 min.), continues to the residential island of Mazzorbo (another 24 min.), and crosses a channel to Burano (another 10 min.—which means 34 min. total from Murano, or 42 min. total from Venice/Fondamenta Nove).

Specifically when staying at the Hotel al Ponte Mocenigo in Santa Croce: It is most convenient to hop across the Grand Canal from the nearby San Stae stop on whatever Line 1 vaporetto comes along in either direction. From the stop on the Cannaregio side (Ca' d'Oro or S. Marcuola) you can walk to Fondamente Nove. (Note that the walk from Ca' d'Oro would be a shorter.) If time permits, try to arrive at Fondamente Nove a bit early, and visit the nearby Church of the Gesuiti (Santa Maria Assunta)—the marble carvings of drapes and swags are absolutely amazing.

From Burano, take Line 9 traghetto to Torcello and back (5 min. each way).

GETTING BACK TO VENICE: From Burano return to Venice by reversing your journey, taking Line 12 in the direction of Mazzorbo, Faro, and Fondamenta Nove. Total time: 34 min.

There are multiple vaporetto ferries from the main island of Venice to a number of different stops on Murano: Line 12 from Fondamenta Nove; Line 4.1/4.2 (same route in opposite directions) from many vaporetto stops around perimeter of Venice (including Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, San Marco/San Zaccaria, Fondamenta Nove); Line 3 from Piazzale Roma or Ferrovia. However, to reach Burano or Torcello from Murano, you must take Line 12 from “Faro.”

If you happen to be staying on Murano—or just want to hit it en route to Venice—the Blu (blue) and Rosso (red) Alilaguna ferries from the airport all stop at Murano (30 min.).

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