Murano is made up of seven small islands connected by bridges that are located in the northeast of Venice. Murano is famous worldwide for its ancient craft of glassmaking, and in particular for its famous glass chandeliers.
The origin of the Murano glass industry dates back to 1291 when the Doge of Venice banned the glass industry from the central islands of Venice because it was such a high fire hazard, and forced the glass makers to live on the Islands of Murano. To this day, Murano glassblowers have kept secret how they obtain the clearest glass or the purest cobalt blue.
To get to Murano and the glass Museum
Vaporettos Actv Lines: 41, 42, N; Stop: Murano Faro, Murano Museum
Glass Museum address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8, Murano
Opening times: April - October 10am-5pm
November - March 10am-4pm (ticket office open up to 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed: Wednesdays, 25th December, 1st January, and 1st May
Burano is the island in the Venice lagoon known for its brightly painted houses and handmade lace. This abundance of color took on its meaning in the Antiquity as colours were used to delimit properties, and according to the legend used to help fishermen recognize their house when they came home after fishing. When you visit Burano, you must see the leaning Bell Tower, the Campanile, and enjoy the tranquility of the streets, the colors and flowers that adorn the balconies of their houses. The weekly market is held in front of the church every Wednesday and you should not miss a visit to the fish market where are sold all kinds of fish typical of the lagoon.
To get to Burano:
You must first go to Murano, then make for the ACTV pier del “Faro” and take the line LN for Burano.
LIDO OF VENICE
The Lido of Venice is an island, also known as “The Golden Island”. You can enjoy the tranquility of the place whilst relaxing on the beaches, particularly if you stay there and have spent the day walking around the center of Venice. The island has 12 km of beaches where you can enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and you can stroll along tree-lined streets where you will find elegant shops.
You can play sports, such as tennis, golf and swimming on the beaches. On the Lido it is worth visiting the ancient Borgo Malamocco with its narrow streets and canals.
CARNAVAL OF VENICE
The Carnival is one of the oldest festivals in the history of Venice. Saint Mark’ Square is all decked out for the celebrations, brims with bright colours, and fills up with Venetians and tourists. The Carnival of Venice is a great event full of color, music, dance and theater. But most important of all, do not forget to put on the typical Venetian masks. The most popular masks according to Venetian tradition are the “Bauta”, ”Gnaga” and “ Pantalone”. Decorations of all kinds, elegant costumes, carnival princesses and princes create an unrivalled atmosphere during the Carnival of Venice. The Carnival is filled with traditional events like the “Flight of the Angel” and the Festival of the Virgin.
The Biennale is one of the most important cultural institutions in the world. It dates back to 1895 and aims to promote contemporary art, with international events and exhibitions, which cover the following artistic domains: Art, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music and Theater.
The name, Biennale, comes from the fact that the main events take place every other year, except for the Venice Film Festival, which is held every year in the Lido of Venice.
You can find the calendar of events for the Biennale at the following address
The venues for the exhibitions are:
Other venues are located in the historic center of Venice, where are held a large number of events and performances by national and international artists.
To get to these venues:
From the railway station Piazzale Roma
For Arsenale: lines 1, 41
For Giardini: lines 1, 82, 41, 51
Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival takes place on the Lido of Venice, and attracts actors and directors of international renown. The prize for the Best film is the Golden Lion. For more information about the calendar of events, you can consult the following address: http://www.labiennale.org/it/calendario/
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