Europe 14 - Day 29
We woke the next morning to cooler air and a sea breeze. After an early breakfast at the hotel there was time to wander down to the beach, the famous Lido. Then by ferry back to Venice and the Doge's Palace. From there we took another ferry to Burano Island for lunch and then back to the hotel for a rest and pizzas from the local shop for dinner.
Lido to the Doge's Palace
As with most Italian resort beaches it had been carefully groomed and cleaned overnight. The tourist season had not started. All the beach cabins and deck chairs were ready to be used but still unoccupied. The sand was an uninviting grey adn very sticky. Overnight our bus had caught up with us using one of the large car ferries, so it was ready to take us to the ferry wharf for our ride back to Piazza San Marco. There we had a guided tour of the Doge's Palace. Photography is not allowed in most of the palace but you can photgraph outside and in the prison cells. Backpacks are also prohibited but they have an efficient security office where these can be stored.
After the Palace we visited a glassblowing studio. Centuries earlier the glassblowers of Venice had been banished to Murano Island as a precaution against fire. They are still there today but some shops are allowed to have small electric furnaces to demonstrate their art. We then had an hour to wander the streets before neeting for the ferry to Burano. We walked through the narrow streets to find the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. The ferry took us past Murano to the Burano. Here, all the houses are brightly painted, reputedly so that the fishermen could find their way home. Today the island is a tourist mecca for the pictures, lacework and the food.
Last updated: 4/11/2014