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Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello

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The third and last day of our getaway to Venice we had planned a excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, located north of Venice. This excursion can easily be done on your own, but if you have little time, it is better to make it organized. That's why we hire the excursion on the website of Expedia for 20 euros.

Under a great sun, we got on a little boat with a large group of tourists and crossed the waters of the lagoon briefly until we reached Murano. This small town, world famous for the manufacture of high quality glass, is just north of Venice, on the other side of the cemetery of the island of San Michele. However, we could not see the island of Murano or the town that occupies it. The ship docked directly at the entrance of a glass workshop and there they led us through some corridors to the oven room where artisans work.

From a platform with railing prepared for visitors, we could observe the process of creating glass objects live and direct. And then, of course, they took us directly to the attached store, where there were hundreds of decorative objects from Murano glass, some of them something kitsch. We didn't buy anything and we were a bit dissatisfied, because we would have liked to discover the island itself and not just one of the glass factories. But anyway, this is the guided tours and everyone has to earn their bread.

Again in the little boat, we continued north and made a stop at the beautiful little town of Burano. This little town is charming by the fisherman's houses painted each in bright colors. They seem to be taken from a Titanlux paint ad. And along with its narrow streets, canals and bridges, it looks like a miniature Venice, but much more affordable to travel.

However, before we could roam freely through the streets, they took us to a lace shop and showed us how they were made. Many of the exposed lace had a spectacular level of detail and made you want to buy some, but then the usual thing happens, that you think: «And where am I going to put it at home?». So we quickly left the store to explore Burano.

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