Last week I said the next honeymoon post would be Corfu, Greece, but I had forgotten about the day trip we took to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. The Corfu post will be tomorrow.
The islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello are just a short boat ride away from Venice. We stopped at Murano first, which is known for their glass blowing.
The glass makers used to be located in Venice, but the city was concerned about fires and they were forced to move in 1291. In Europe, Murano had a monopoly on the glass making industry for hundred of years.
The next island we went to was Burano, which was my favorite island because of the colorful houses. The home owners are not allowed to change their house color because the fisherman navigate by the colors of the houses.
Burano is known for its lace making, which began on the island in the 15th century. Lace has six different stitches, and the women will specialize in only one stitch.
I just love all the colors!
The last island we visited was Torcello, which has a pretty interesting history. Torcello was the first Venetian island where people settled and was much more populated than Venice. In the 12th century, the lagoon turned into swamps and malaria became a huge issue. The population left Torcello for Murano, Burano and Venice. Now, only 11 people live on the island.
The main attraction on the island of Torcello is this church, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was founded in 639.
The campanile (the bell tower) was under construction while we were there.
According to local legend, this throne was built by Attila the Hun.
Museo Provinciale di Torcello is a museum of architectural artifacts.
This map was outside the museum.
We didn't have time to tour inside the church, but I've read that there are beautiful 11th century mosaics inside.
On the boat ride from Venice to the island, we passed many tiny, abandoned islands like this one. It was a little spooky.