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Burano, Torcello and other Venetian Islands.....any great discoveries?

Burano, Torcello and other Venetian Islands.....any great discoveries?

Old Sep 23rd, 2007, 08:48 AM
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Burano, Torcello and other Venetian Islands.....any great discoveries?

We're in Venice for 4 full days. The jury is out on whether we'll venture over to Burano and/or Torcello.

Besides the "highlights", were there any great discoveries or experiences you encountered while there?

Looking back...was it worth the trip TO YOU?

Thank you.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2007, 09:02 AM
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I've spent quite a bit of time on the 'islands'.
I've stayed for days at Locanda Conterie on Murano...loved the long early morning walks. The eerie sound of the wind in the stadium lights. The quiet nights.
Friends on Burano have taken me for boat rides in the back channels and over to San Francesco del Deserto.
Had very enjoyable lunches at Locanda Cipriani on Torcello...climbed the campanile for the most amazing view of the surrounding lagoon and dots of islands.
BUT, if I only had 4 days in Venice....I think that I'd concentrate of Venice.
Maybe a trip to San Michele or Murano...mainly for the vaporetto ride. I think that the true beauty and mystery of Murano is found in the evenings...early mornings.
There is just so much to see and do in Venice that I'd save the islands for my next adventure.



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Old Sep 23rd, 2007, 09:11 AM
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I've vistied Burano, Murano and Torcello. Of the three Torcello is the one that I would visit again. It features the beautiful church of Santa maria Assunta with some major Byzantine mosaics.
We did not eat at the Locanda Cipriani when we visited, but that is supposed to be another great experience
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Old Sep 23rd, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Hi A,

We liked Burano and the glass Museum on Murano.

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Thank you all. Great info.

I suppose I'll have an "island" plan in mind and we'll play it by ear if we want to spend more time in Venice.

I was focusing more on the island destination, not the journey and you've all convinced me that the ride over is something magical in itself.
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If you go to Burano, you should dine at Gatto Nero. They have wonderful fresh seafood. You can sit outside if it is nice.

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Hi AS,

I visited Burano and thought it was absolutely charming. We spent a few hours there and were very pleased we did. We had lunch there but I couldn't tell you exactly where but to be honest it was one of the most friendliest, happiest meals we had on our visit to Italy.

I say go!
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Old Sep 23rd, 2007, 10:25 PM
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Although it's a tough choice given only 4 days and so much to see in Venice, I was very happy to have taken the time to visit Torcello -- stopped more briefly at Burano and spent most of the time in Torcello visiting the basilica and we did ascend the campanile; we did also have a lovely lunch at Locanda Cipriani as well. I'd go there rather than Murano, even though Murano is closer.
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We visited Venice for 4 nights which allowed that extra time to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello.

If you have the time then it's definetly worth the trip.

We did Murano one day for lunch. The trip to Burano and Torcello took six hours (10am - 4pm) and therefore most of another day.

Whilst there was plenty to see in Venice itself the trip over to Burano was very relaxing and enhanced our experience.

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Colin....love your site! Great fun! Wonderful images!

Here are a few of mine.......
http://www.pbase.com/baileyzim/venice
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Colin.....is that you Colin Farrell (ha!)? GREAT travelogue. Loved the writing, photos, etc. Thx for sharing!

Bellisimo!
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Bailey: WOW! Gave me chills....beautiful imagery.
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Thank you...thank you....
Here are some photos of Murano/Burano

http://www.pbase.com/baileyzim/murano__burano
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If you decide to do an island visit, I recommend that you stop at Cimitero, the cemetery island. It is fascinating & won't take too much of your time. There are graves so old the dates are in Roman numerals.

The tombs are gorgeous art. One has a replica of the Pieta. There's lots of stained glass & mosiacs - awesome.

Most of the graves are full of flowers - it's like a color overload!

At one side is a "foreign" section - enclosed by wall. Appears to be mostly British military during 1800's.

My choice between Burano & Murano would be Burano. But that's because of the wonderful photo op of the gorgeous colorful building fronts.

If you want to see glass making, then it must be Murano. Just in case you go & decide you cannot afford a glass souvenir, we got a E20 Christmas tree ornamant in one of the shops. It is beautiful.

Have fun, Julie
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I really didn't have any interest in Murano until I saw the lovely images that Bailey captured. It was nice to see another side of Murano, but it will have to wait until next time. I've heard so many stories about how the glass companies try to pressure the visitors into buying that it left a bad taste for me.

The Cemetary island sounds very interesting.

It's mind boggling since I feel like I'm adding more to my list than narrowing them down. Too much to see!
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adventureseeker, another note about the cemetery island. It is very close to Fondamenta Nove vaporetto stop (on the North top of Venice. So the ride only takes a couple minutes. Also, the ride is free. I guess as a courtesy for those visiting departed loved ones. We walked to F.Nove from our apartment, which was between Rialto & St. Marks. So this can be an easy & quick site.

I don't have any pictures to show. We were there on a Sunday & there were mourners there. So in respect for them, we did not take any pictures. Our upcoming Nov. trip, we plan to go midweek & hopefully can take some pictures.

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We thought Murano was a pretty little place and I have a wonderful photo hanging on our wall from there. BUT: I have one caution based on our experience. We were staying at a hotel (the name of which I forgot) which told us they could arrange for a free trip to Murano to see the glassblowers. Great!! we said.

So the boat took us there, and we saw some guy making glass leaves for chandeliers (almost like an assembly line). Then we were escorted into a showroom with hundreds of glass pieces, most of which we did not care for, and the really nice ones were so expensive we couldn't consider buying them.

So we were about to leave and asked when the boat would be back. Sorry, they said, since you did not buy anything, we won't take you back. (This had not been made clear as a condition of the "free" trip.) So we had to wait an hour for the next vaporetto to take us back to Venice.

So be careful. As usual, the great deal turned out to be something less than that.

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