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Venetian Lagoon

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ABOVE: Fireworks over the Laguna di Venezia.

General Information and Sightseeing

The Venetian Lagoon
Venice isn't just palaces, churches, and art museums. The city sits in the middle of a lagoon that is rich in wildlife and tradition.

Venice Islands Tour
Plan your own day trip to San Michele, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, and the Lido di Venezia. My 10-page illustrated guide tells how to reach the islands by public transportation or on an escorted tour.

Venice in Peril
The British Committee for the Preservation of Venice has been raising money and sponsoring restoration projects for more than 30 years. The organization, a registered charity, was created in response to the great floods of 1966.


Venice Islands Tour: Burano
This page is from our Venice Islands Tour article. Also see our page about Mazzorbo, which is connected to Burano by a footbridge.


Murano, the Glass Island
In 1296, the glassblowers of Venice moved to an island called Murano. Seven hundred years later, their descendants are still turning sand into gold.

Venice Islands Tour: Murano
This page is from our Venice Islands Tour article.


Venice Islands Tour: Torcello
This page is from our Venice Islands Tour article. Torcello is an island that once had a population of 20,000, making it a more important center than Venice. Today,  it has only about 100 inhabitants.

San Lazzaro degli Armeni

San Lazzaro degli Armeni
35 monks, seminarians, and Armenian students live on a monastery island that once served as a leper colony.

San Michele

To Die in Venice
When you gotta go, you gotta go--and dead Venetians have been going to the island cemetery of San Michele for nearly 200 years.

Venice Islands Tour: San Michele
This page is from our Venice Islands Tour article.


The largest fishing and yachting town on the Venetian Lagoon is an easy day or overnight trip from Venice by car or--better yet--by boat. (Also see Venice to Chioggia by Bus and Ferry.)

Guided Excursions

Viator: Venice
Our advertising partner offers tours to the major islands of the lagoon, with prices guaranteed in euros, British pounds, and U.S. or Australian dollars.

Cruising in the Lagoon

Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a self-drive P�nichette from Locaboat Holidays. La Dolce Vita
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon and the Brenta Canal on a converted Dutch barge that carries six passengers. Cruise itineraries vary and run from April to October.

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