20th March 2008
Venice Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
The previous day as we were disembarking of the hotel launch, we were approached by a gentleman enquiring whether we would like to go on a visit to a glass works. He explained that it was on another island but that he would arrange free boat transportation. We declined the offer as we had already made our plans for that day but said we would consider it the following day. That evening over dinner, we agreed that we should go as it gave us the opportunity to see another part of Venice that we would otherwise not see.
Getting of the launch this morning we were meet by the same gentleman, who discussed in more detail the trip to the glass works. He would arrange for a water taxi to take us to the Murano Island glass works, the taxi would take us through the canals and there would be arrangements made for our return - all free of charge.
We got on the water taxi and proceded to go through the canals towards the north of Venice. This was great, because we saw places and in parts, the "working" sections of the canals that we would never have seen on foot. We eventually arrived at the open sea to the north of Venice where another surprise awaited us. I had assumed that we would speedily cross to the island in a straight line, but no. There are "roads" which are indicated by wooden piles driven into the sea bed and the rules of normal roads have to be observed. The trip was bumpy in parts but exciting. We docked at a pier on Murano Island and were meet by a representative of the glass works.
We went into the factory - only a small section of it - and watched a master blower at work.
We eventually boarded the water bus and travelled to Burano Island, arriving some fifteen minutes later. Most of the men on this island are fishermen, providing the majority of fish for Venice.
Buranu Island is extremely pretty, all the houses are painted in different colours, legend has it that this was to enable the fishermen to spot their house whilst out at sea and the tradition has continued. There are again canals throughout the island and there are some lovely restaurants and shops too. We had an extremely nice lunch in a canal-side restaurant and of course the obligatory bottle of wine. After several hours of sight seeing, we caught the bus back direct to the main island and then the hotel launch to the hotel. It was an an extremely pleasant day.