VENICE FOR BEGINNERS: THE LAGOON, MURANO & BURANO
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.
Venice for Beginners: the Lagoon can be run all year round as our boat is covered and heated. It lasts 4 hours.
It is also possible to combine it with a tour along the Grand Canal by adding one additional hour (for a total of five hours).
- Murano Island
- Burano Island
- Lagoon navigation on a private water-taxi
- Glass making with top master blowers
VENICE FOR BEGINNERS: THE LAGOON
The Venetian Lagoon has a surface area of around 550 square kilometers (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.
After a terrible flood on November 2019, a complex system of movable dams – known as MOSE, meaning the Electro Mechanic Modular System – is now (2021) active, although not completely finished, to safeguard the entire area.
The MOSE, after decades of controversies, seems to be working properly
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- No dress code required
- This tour lasts four hours and costs 1140 euros up to six people (not per person), transportation and private expert included (four hours by private water taxi), only private parties. For larger parties send us an email!