Venice is magical and diverse. Each island that we ventured to last spring was amazingly unique in character in nearly every way.
Murano, known for its beauiful handblown glass, has a main thoroughfare through it that caters to the tourists who come from around the globe to purchase its beautiful wares, and yet just off that beaten path it feels quite residential - even slightly suburban.
Burano, best known for its colorful houses - painted brightly so seafarers could see their homes from distant waters, is cheerfully novel and beautifully reflective in its canal waters. It was also very apparent that this is a tightly knit community of families living three-to-four generations together, enjoying their home and ignoring the tourists.
Lido, known as the golden island of Venice, is a barrier "sandbar" separating the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, and is the beautiful beach resort of Venice. It has beautiful tree-lined avenues and deep, sandy beaches - and they even have automobiles (although a limited number of streets). This island brought tranquility back to our days of running with the throngs of tourists on the main island where we stayed.
San Giorgio Maggiore, appears so small for such a large name, and yet you cannot avoid seeing it if you ever visit the Piazza San Marco. It has a tower, (twin-ish to the Campanile in the piazza), a marine basin for pleasure craft, and wonderful vista views of the lagoon.
We hope you enjoy this slide show of what we saw, enjoyed and loved about the outer islands and bar (sandbar that is) of Venice.
Photos and Slide Show © 2012 Claudia Ward
Music: Elegant, from the Soundtrack of Victor/Victoria