Murano and Burano – visiting the islands of Venice

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This was our second trip to Venice and we had been to Murano before.  I would have skipped it this time, but my parents were here for their first visit and I knew they would enjoy seeing the glass blowing on Murano.  We decided to have the glass blowing factory the hotel worked with pick us up in their boat and take us there as it is free and a bit quicker than the vaporetto.

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Unfortunately, due to aqua alta (read more about our aqua alta experience here), the water taxi could not come to the hotel dock, but it was just a minute or so walk to where the boat could pick us up near the Rialto Bridge.

It is not a long ride to Murano and we were dropped off at the dock of the glass blowing factory and ushered inside where we were able to watch the craftsmen at work.

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From there where we went through their showroom where they did have some beautiful pieces.

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My parents showed some interest in purchasing a chandelier but decided they weren’t sure about the size.  We all felt that our salesperson was very helpful and not too overbearing and gracious when they chose not to purchase it.

From here we decided to walk around the island to pick up the direct vaporetto to Burano.  Keep in mind that on the map things may look a bit closer than they actually are as the islands wind around and you can only cross on bridges in certain areas, but it was a nice walk.

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We took the vaporetto to Burano which was about a 30 minute ride.  This was a very picturesque little town where even the laundry hanging outside to dry became part of the charming landscape.

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There were many shops there selling a large variety of beautiful lace items from handkerchiefs to large tablecloths.  We had lunch at  a cute little restaurant, Al Fureghin.  Their menu changes daily based on what the catch was that morning.  We were there for a later lunch so they were out of many menu items, but we all enjoyed a lunch of sautéed gnocchi with prawns and zucchini which was quite good.

We walked around the quiet and quaint island, exploring side streets and snapping photos of the picturesque houses.

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2 responses to “Rome 2006”

  1. Melanie says:

    Great blog that I discovered today from your link on the Fodors forum! My husband and I are planning a 2 week trip with my girls who will be 7 and 9 at the time and have options between early April, anytime in July or early October. We are planning to fly into Venice and out of Rome, spending time in Lombardy and Abruzzo in between. Do you have a recommendation for the best time of year weather and crowd wise to travel to Italy given our available options above? Thank you!!

    • Judy Gambee says:

      Melanie – glad you found the blog – the Fodors forum is an excellent source of information!! With respect to crowds and weather – I would skip July – it will be very hot and very crowded! We have been to Italy four times – twice in late March and twice in June. Our first trip in late March the weather was really great, the second time was pretty rainy – but that had been a rainy year (my daughter had been studying in Rome that semester and she said it rained a lot that year). Our first trip in June was unbearably hot – particularly in Rome. Our second trip in June was nice but then we also stayed in Northern Italy for that trip. I can only imagine that July would be very hot.

      According to historical weather info (I just looked at Rome) it appears that early Oct might be a little warmer than early April but the days are longer in April. I had always heard that Europe in early Oct was a great time to go so we did that for the first time this past Oct (Brussels, Berlin and Budapest) and I have to say it was unusually cold and rainy so I’m a little hesitant to recommend Oct (though apparently that was an anomaly). I think both early April and early Oct will be good for not super big crowds. I’m not sure if you are planning for 2016 or 2017 – just recommend you check when Easter is the year you are going if plan for April. Our first trip we specifically did not want to be there then but our other time in March we were actually in Sorrento on Easter and really enjoyed the festivities!!

      Sounds like you are planning a wonderful trip!!

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