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Venice Islands Tour (2020)


ABOVE: Your excursion begins at the Fondamenta Nove waterbus station, which faces the Venetian Lagoon on the northern edge of the historic center.

By Durant Imboden

Plan a self-guided day trip in the Venetian Lagoon.

If you're spending more than a few days in Venice, take time to visit the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. The itinerary in this article will take you to:

San Michele, the walled cemetery island of Venice.

Murano, known for its glassmaking, Glass Museum, and several historic churches.

Burano, an island of fishermen, lacemakers, and colorfully painted houses.

Mazzorbo, a small rural island connected to Burano by a footbridge.
Torcello, once a city larger than Venice; today, a bucolic island with a 1,000-year-old cathedral and a handful of outdoor restaurants.
The Lido di Venezia, a beach resort on the strip of land that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.

You'll reach the islands on water buses operated by ACTV, the Venice public-transportation company. Allow a full day for the entire excursion, or half a day if you skip San Michele and the Lido.

ACTV's lagoon water buses can be crowded during peak season, on weekends, or if local groups of senior citizens or schoolchildren are traveling between the islands. If crowds bother you, or if you're unwilling to stand on a moving boat when seats aren't available, consider one of these alternatives:


Next page: San Michele Cemetery

In this article:
Venice Islands Tour
San Michele Cemetery
Return options
Lido to Venice
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Also see:
Murano: 11-page travel guide

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