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The small, beautiful islands of Murano and Burano make for a perfect day trip from Venice. Getting there is half the fun: just hop on a Venetian motorboat, or vaporetto, and enjoy stunning views of the Venetian Lagoon as you zip along.
Technically, both islands are made up of several smaller islands linked together by bridges (Murano has seven islands and Burano has four).
Our first stop was Murano, famous for glass making. At one point, this tiny island was the largest producer of glass in all of Europe. It originally became a glass making hub when Venetian officials ordered glass makers to move their foundries out of Venice for fear that fires could result and destroy Venice’s mostly wooden buildings. We spent some time observing glass blowing at one of the island’s many glass factories and then spent the rest of our morning enjoying the beautiful back streets and canals.
Next, we went to Burano, famous for its brightly colored homes and history of lace making. It was almost sunset when we got there, and we had the privilege of wandering the quiet, beautiful streets with almost no one else around.
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