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The Most Visited Islands in Venice

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Wondering which other places you can explore around the main island of Venice? You found the right article. Here I will explain to you all about the other beautiful islands to visit from Venice, like Burano island and Murano island, how to get there and what to do on each island.

How Venice was made?

The centro Storico (historic centre) of Venice is composed of 118 small islands separated by 150 canals, forming one large island.

It is divided into six districts, called sestieri. Around this heart lie other islands that are also part of the city and the 'other' Venezia, its mainland sibling, Mestre.

How is Venice also known?

Venice has been known as "La Dominante", "La Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "The City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals".

Parts of Venice are famous for the beauty of their settings, architecture, and artwork.

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But probably the real reason Venice is a unique city is that within its art and architecture, it continues to boast its immense wealth, most accumulated by the Venetian Republic so many centuries ago.

Venice is the main island, but there are also six beautiful islands to visit not too far from it.

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1. Burano:

Burano is most colourful island of Venice. The best place for your Instagram pictures.

Burano is known for its brightly-coloured fishermen's houses painted in bright shades so they could see their way home when fog covered the lagoon and for its restaurants serving seafood from the lagoon.

12 most visited islands in venice

The Museo del Merletto has exhibitions on the progress of lace-making on the island, and many shops sell lace goods like linens and clothes, as well as my favourite Venetian cookies made with butter and eggs, called "bussolai or buranei."

To know more about what to buy in Venice, read my article "20 Unmissable Souvenirs You Have to Buy in Venice".

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How to get to Burano:

Vaporetto (ferry) line 12 runs from Venice's San Zaccaria stop (near St. Mark's), to Burano and Murano, with another stop at Venice's Fondamente Nove stop. It takes about 45 minutes and costs €6.50 per person.

Where to Eat in Burano:

Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero

Founded in 1965 by Chef Ruggero Bovo and his son, Massimiliano Bovo, Trattoria al Gatto Nero has consistently offered local cuisine of the highest quality in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

For this family-owned trattoria, the ever-present queue outside the door and the content faces of an international, satisfied clientele are the ultimate satisfaction.

Address: Via Giudecca, 88, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy.

Book in advance.

What to Buy in Burano:

Don't forget to buy the delicious Buranei/Bussolai Cookies you can find in any bakery and food shops on the island and if you like laces, why not take home with you a nice table cloth?

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If you are looking to save time and money, why don't you book an organised tour where you will see all the beauty of this island learning more about it.

Do you want to know more about Venice?

Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Venice" and get all the information you need to make your next travel a success.

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2. Murano:

Murano was founded between the 5th and the 7th century. It experienced its major development after 1291 when glass furnaces were moved there from Venice. That's how its long tradition of glass-making become famous.

Thousands of visitors go there to explore the Museo del Vetro, which tells the story of glass through the centuries, and buy locally crafted souvenirs.

12 most visited islands in venice

How to get to Murano:

Taking the Vaporetto line 12 at the Fondamente Nove to Murano is the fastest way to reach the Murano Faro stop on the island of Murano. It is also the same Vaporetto that then goes to Burano island.

Where to Eat in Murano:

B Restaurant alla Vecchia Pescheria

At this restaurant, you will find a modern, unusual setting in the lagoon area, with a beautiful terrace in the square in front of the old fish market.

The chef and owner Lorenzo offers traditional Venetian cuisine of fish and meat reworked in a contemporary key, with an eye to the seasonal products of the lagoon area.

Address: Campiello della Pescheria, 4, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy. Book in Advance.


What to Buy in Murano

Beautiful Murano Glasses are waiting for you. You will see so many different things made with glass that you will end up wanting to buy almost everything (I know because this is the way I felt). Everything is so colourful and shiny that it is impossible to leave Murano without a glass souvenir.

12 most visited islands in venice

Are you looking for a guided tour where you can relax while someone is taking you to the beautiful Murano island, teaching you everything you need to know about it and taking you to see the unique and famous Murano Glass factory?

Have a look at the Glass blowing Experience here and get 20% discount on all glass purchases.

Don't wait and save money by booking a tour in advance. It is worth it. I did it and I loved it!


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3. Torcello:

Tiny Torcello island has few residents, but it's often busy with travellers during the summertime.

They visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, with its Venetian-Byzantine mosaics and views of nearby Burano from the bell tower, or check out the Ponte del Diavolo, a bridge with no parapets, and the stone seat known as Trono di Attila.

To know more about Venetian Bridges and the legend behind the Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo), check out my article about the "10 Most Famous Bridges in Venice".

Many delicious places along the canal serve delightful food. It is the perfect place where to go for a relaxing walk.

How to get to Torcello:

You can take the LN ferry route "Laguna Nord": Several boats operate on this route to reach these islands. You can take ferry line 12 from the Fondamenta Nove ferry station in Venice.

This line runs with vaporetto boats to Murano-Burano-Treporti-Punta Sabbioni. Take off at Burano and change to Vaporetto line 9 to Torcello.

Plan Your Vacation in Venice in the Best Way

Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Venice" and get all the information you need to make your next travel a success.

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4. Lido di Venezia:

The Lido, or Venice Lido, is an 11-kilometre-long barrier island in the Venetian Lagoon and it is home to about 20,400 residents. The famous Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido in late August/early September in case you are planning to visit in that month, you might cross paths with some celebrities.

12 most visited islands in venice

It's nice to go to Lido if you've already visited most parts of Venice, it is the perfect place where you can rest in a peaceful place and during summertime, have a swim in the Adriatic Sea.

That's Lido Venice, a peaceful place, with a lot of green and beautiful beaches.

There is a boardwalk with easy access from the beach to nearby restaurants and bars.

keep in mind that this is a summer island, so during winter, there is nothing to see.

Where to Eat in Lido di Venezia:

Trattoria Andri

Excellent food and service await you at this typical restaurant in Lido di Venezia, where you will enjoy local seafood and much more.

How to get to Lido di Venezia

Some Vaporetto leaves from St Mark's Square and go to Lido and come back.

  • Ferry line 1 from San Marco Ferry stop,

  • Ferry line 5.1 from San Marco/San Zaccaria "F"

  • Ferry line 5.2 Ospedale stop

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I'm an Italian with a passion for well-planned travels and food.

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