EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS OF VENICE
Venice is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cities in the world. Water replaces concrete streets, and gelato is the choice of iced treat, what’s not to love? While the city has rightfully been the muse of countless romantics and artists, there is an unexplored side to Venice. In Venice’s 341 sq kilometer ecosystem, there are more than a hundred islands, but most tourists simply stick to the city center. Instead, here a few reasons why you should explore the beautiful islands of Venice.
As you might imagine Venice and its islands have many wonderful areas to sunbathe or go for a swim. However, there is a place that stands out. The Island of Pellestrina is a fishermen’s community, away from the bustle of the city center. Here, the beach is uncrowded, with crisp, clear water that is just begging to be swam in. If that’s not enough, it’s also home to Da Celeste, one of the best seafood restaurants in Venice. Although the island having great seafood not very surprising, as most of the island’s residents are fisherman.
The old school feel
Venice may not be the first place you think of when it comes to old country Italy, but the island of Torcello, a short ferry ride from St. Mark’s square, screams classic Italy. Considered the birthplace of Venice, it’s a network of small canals and green fields, retaining a bit of the old time ambience.
Glass blowing isn’t the first thing most people think of when it comes to Venice breaks, but a trip to the Italian region and the island of Murano, will allow you to explore an area that lives and breathes glass blowing. There are glass blowing factories, museums, and hundreds of shops selling all things made of murano glass. It’s not for everybody, but it’s a truly unique place to visit.
The island of Burano is an island that must be visited, and seen to be believed. The island is made of up colorful fishing houses found all along the canals, a veritable rainbow of colors; it’s a place for any photography buff. They are so strict about the colors of the houses that if someone wishes to paint their home, they must first send a request to the government, who then makes sure certain colors are permitted!
As you can see, there’s so much more to Venice than the city center. Venture out around the islands, and you’ll find a memory that’ll last a lifetime.