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Venetian Lagoon (Laguna di Venezia)

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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. Our 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.


Discover Burano
Silvia Zanella offers delightful walking tours of Burano (where she was born and raised) and other islands in the Northern Lagoon.


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.

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.


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 Tours and Excursions

Venice Tours, Transfers, and Day Trips
Ghost tours, walking tours, boat cruises, and even helicopter trips are available to visitors who prefer guided excursions to DIY sightseeing. Many are offered by our tours & activities partner, Viator, in collaboration with local businesses.

Cruising in the Lagoon

Uniworld's River Countess: Venice and the Venetian Lagoon
Our illustrated review describes a cruise that spends several days in Venice and nearby ports, with shore excursions to Padua, Bologna or Ferrara, Ravenna, and Verona included in the fare.

La Bella Vita: Po River Cruise
Cruise between Venice and Mantua by way of Chioggia, Ferrara, and other ports along the Venetian Lagoon and the Po River. La Bella Vita, a 20-passenger hotel barge from European Waterways Ltd., has the ambience of a tiny ship. (Our in-depth review includes a day-by-day photo cruise diary.)

Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a self-drive Penichette from Locaboat Holidays.

This French cruise line offers lagoon and Po River cruises from Venice aboard MS Michelangelo.

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