THE VENICE LAGOON
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The Venice Lagoon is a unique environment where nature and culture are intertwined like nowhere else in the world: live unforgettable experiences between landscapes, food and wine, ancient crafts and traditional festivals.
There are three main celebrities of the Lagoon, namely the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, which often form the basis of a single day tour.
Murano is famous for the secular production of glass: in 1295, all the furnaces in Venice were transferred to the island due to frequent fires and the Republic began to train glass masters who were taught a meticulous glass decoration technique, which has allowed over the years to create inimitable works in the rest of the world. The glassworks are still active today and some of them are open to the public: a visit to observe the master glassmakers at work and watch the glass blowing is essential. In Murano, there is also one of the oldest churches in the area, the Cathedral of Santi Maria e Donato, dating back to the 7th century and containing the remains of San Donato.
Burano, on the other hand, is famous for its colorful houses and the traditional lace making, so famous that it takes the name of “Burano”. Just like Murano glass, the lace of this Venetian island in the past was an international excellence, so peculiar that it was exported to all the major European courts. Today the production of lace is almost completely ended, however it is still possible to observe some lace makers working outside the shops; to better understand this intriguing story, don’t miss a visit to the Lace Museum.
Finally, Torcello: unlike the other two islands, this one is almost totally uninhabited, but has a unique archaeological heritage, by virtue of the fact that it was the first inhabited island in the area. It then became a thriving Byzantine center, it experienced a rapid decline in the 15th century, due to the progressive swamping of the area. Several monuments have been preserved in excellent condition: the most important is undoubtedly the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, which has a huge mosaic inside depicting the Last Judgment. Also worth a visit is Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge), which has the typical Venetian characteristic of the lack of parapets and is said to have been built by the devil in a single night.
But the exploration of the Venice Lagoon does not stop at these three islands. After all, we talk about 55 thousand hectares of history and tradition, promoted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
For this reason, we recommend you to discover places such as San Lazzaro degli Armeni and its library, Sant’Erasmo, called “l’orto di Venezia” (Venice vegetable garden), and Valle Averto, WWF oasis, and the areas of Lio Piccolo and Lio Maggiore, connected with cycle paths that start from Jesolo.
Here, where land and water intertwine with the ancient rhythm of the tides, you can visit the Lagoon in the way you prefer: on foot, by bike or sailing. Find out in the map below everything you can do and see in the lagoon:
For more info and details, visit the website www.lagoonofvenice.org