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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:
This guided half-day sightseeing tour is more expensive than a tour by public transportation, but it's worth considering if your schedule is tighter than your budget. The trip is offered by Viator, our sightseeing-tour partner.
Organized tours don't give you much time on the islands, so we'd recommend traveling independently unless you're in a hurry or have limited mobility.
Instead of buying individual tickets for the boat trips between the islands, buy a one- to seven-day Tourist Travel Card at any Hellovenezia or ACTV ticket booth.
Check boat departure and arrival times with the interactive journey planner at actv.it.
Next page: San Michele Cemetery
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|Venice Islands Tour|
|San Michele Cemetery|
|Lido to Venice|
|Murano: 11-page travel guide|
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