This is a five-day itinerary for Venice, including day trips to Murano and Burano islands. The perfect way to see Italy’s most famous lagoon!
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Europe5 days / October 2017
Highs & Lows
Eating a plate of Cicchetti while overlooking the Venetian canals
Spent too much time visiting the island of Murano
In October 2017, I decided to travel to the city of Venice as part of a three week trip through Italy. During my stay, I visited some of the city’s most well-known landmarks, such as Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Rialto Market. Venice’s beautiful waterways and winding streets made for a beautiful backdrop, as I visited historical landmarks and learned more about Venetian culture.
On my last two days in Venice, I decided to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. Burano is a stunningly spectacular island, distinguishable by its brightly coloured houses, quiet squares, and cute cafes. I felt that it would be the perfect place to stay overnight and escape the hustle and bustle of Venice. I also visited the island of Murano, which is world-famous for its glass-blowing industry. If I had to do this trip again, I would skip visiting the island of Murano and instead visit Torcello, the oldest area of Venice.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
In truth, I did not particularly enjoy the island of Murano. There were very few things to do and a large number of tourists. Instead, I would opt to visit one of the other islands in the area such as Torcello.
How was the food?
As I mentioned, the food in Venice is fantastic. If you are a seafood lover, then take the time to find a great restaurant and try many of the local delicacies.
What tips would you give a friend?
If possible, always make sure to use a map in Venice. Since the streets do not run on a grid system they can be difficult to navigate and tourists can become easily confused.
Walking and the Vaporetto lines are the two main ways to traverse the islands. I used the Vaporetto line to cover the majority of the island, and then returned on foot to the areas I thought were most interesting.
Upon arriving in Venice, I quickly realized that the city’s largest annual marathon was taking place that weekend. The main street leading from my AirBnB to central Venice was filled with thousands of runners and spectators. Luckily, the crowds were gone after the first 24 hours.
My first two nights in Venice I stayed in an Airbnb located in the Castello neighborhood. The following nights I stayed in a Monastery located near the Rialto Bridge, which I booked through monasterystays.com.