If you want to fully experience the Venetian Lagoon and the islands of Venice, choose this itinerary that will take you to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Starting from Punta Sabbioni you have the opportunity to take advantage of different offers to better enjoy this day: the islands have a limited extension so it is possible to visit all three easily in one day, however there are tours that include a visit to solo the two main islands, Murano and Burano and the early return, or the stop in Venice.
To visit the islands of Venice starting from Jesolo, reach Punta Sabbioni, from there you will have several options: the advice in this section is to choose the excursion with departure scheduled for 9:30 and the first stop in Murano around 11.
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 glass masters 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.
After about two hours of visiting it is time to take the motorboat and move to Burano, the island famous for its colorful houses and the tradition of craftsmanship of lace, so famous that it takes the name of “Burano”. Just like Murano glass, Burano lace was in the past an international excellence, so much so that it was exported to all major European courts. Today the production of the lace is almost completely finished, however it is still possible to observe some lace makers intent on working outside the shops; to better understand this intriguing story, don’t miss a visit to the Lace Museum.
After lunch in a local bar or restaurant, take the motorboat again to reach Torcello. Unlike the other two islands, Torcello 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 the 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.
After an hour, take the motorboat back to Punta Sabbioni, from which you can decide whether to return to Jesolo or set off to explore Venice.
Here are the details of the stages:
9:30 am departure from Punta Sabbioni;
– 2 hours of free time in Murano with a visit included to a glass factory of about 15 min;
– 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time in Burano;
– 1 hour of free time in Torcello;
– 4.15 pm arrival in Punta Sabbioni.