VENICE FOR BEGINNERS: THE LAGOON,
MURANO & BURANO
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VENICE FOR BEGINNERS:
THE LAGOON, MURANO & BURANO
Highlights of this tour:
Private boat ride in the Northern Lagoon
Stop at Murano to see glass blowing
Stroll in Burano Visit to a lacemaking atelier
Ride on the Grand Canal (on request)
An interesting and entertaining visit to the Northern Lagoon, exploring the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is known all over the world for its 800 year-old traditional glass blowing business, and boasts a huge variety of techniques and styles.
From Mondays through Fridays we’ll be able to see the actual production.
If we are there during the weekend (or in August, when the furnaces are switched off) we will enjoy an extensive demonstration, viewing the two basic techniques, blown glass and massive glass sculptures.
During our water tour, we’ll enjoy the view of the green island of Sant’Erasmo, famous for its artichokes, asparagus and other vegetables, and Mazzorbo, where white wine has recently been produced.
After 20 minutes we reach Burano – the most attractive island in the Lagoon.
The island is known for its brightly colored houses, fishing boats, top quality lace production, and delicious cookies. On the island are still a number of women at work with needle and thread; we’ll stop to admire their skills.
We’ll explore the Lagoon on a private, deluxe, covered motor boat that can comfortably accommodate up to ten people.
This tour can be taken all year as our boat is covered.
It is also possible to combine it with a tour along the Grand Canal by adding one additional hour (for a total of four hours).
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The Venetian Lagoon has a surface area of around 550 square kilometres (212 square miles).
Only 8% of it is occupied by land, including Venice itself and approximately forty smaller islands.
About 11% is permanently covered by water, its waterways called canals or “rii”.
Approximately 80%consists of mud flats, tidal shallows and salt marshes.
The Lagoon is connected to the Adriatic Sea by three inlets.
The islands of the Lagoon are subject to frequent floods. At the moment (2017), a complex system of movable dams – known as MOSE, meaning the Electro Mechanic Modular System – is under construction to safeguard the entire area from recurrent exceptional high tides.
The project should be completed by the end of 2018. Venice and its Lagoon were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.
The cultural heritage of the islands is rich and varied: many of them were the seats of religious institutions, while a few were used as places of quarantine for people and goods during the plagues.
They were also used to isolate industries with high-risk or polluting activities, like glass making or leather tanning.
Other islands were used until recently as mental hospitals or military bases.
The Vignole and Sant’Erasmo still today provide Venice with excellent fresh fruit and vegetables. From early 19th century onward, San Michele has been used as a cemetery island.
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