So, continuing our story – the one of the train trip, of course.
We had 3 days to spend in Venice, after visiting Zurich, Lugano, Lake Como (Menaggio, Belaggio, Varenna, Tremezzo), Milan, Turin, Cremona, Mantua, Padua and Verona. As this was the end point of our trip, we decided (that being me and my husband) to try, in the short time we had, to enjoy Venice and its surroundings as much as possible.
After being overwhelmed by the huge number of tourists, while spending our first night in Venice, we had the chance to admire one of the most spectacular sunsets, from Punta Della Dogana. Yes, I can honestly say that Venice was for me a love at second sight, as huge masses of tourists unfortunately steal moments of joy (me being one of them) in their crazy rush to see all or nothing. This scares the hell out of me. In spite of all this mess, I was happy to say, that I was still able to find some of Venice’s lost beauty.
But let me tell you something, that beauty is not lost. It just moved away. And that’s not too far away. Venice’s old charmed just emigrated to its neighboring islands – Burano, Murano and Lido. On these islands, you can still find quiet and peace, all surrounded by the magic of Venice.
How to visit these three islands? Well, it’s quite easy. You just need to buy tickets for the local “buss-vaporetto”. I recommend buying a 24h/48h pass, depending of how long you plan to stay. On full day is more than enough to visit all three islands.
So in our second day in Venice, we woke up early, and had a lovely breakfast. As it was early enough, we tried again to visit Saint Mark’s Square – which proved to be a good decision, as now it was less crowded. We crossed small island towards the vaporetto which would take us to our first stop – Burano Island. On our way, we could admire Venice from a different perspective. As we were getting close to the island, the first thing I noticed was the leaning bell tower of the island’s church.
Our first stop was at the famous restaurant El Gato Negro – or at least that’s what we thought would be. The vaporetto was full, as we imagined that everyone on it, would want to go there. And we were not entirely wrong. As the boat anchored, we started our 100 m race to the restaurant 🙂 . But guess what? Even though we won the race – and we arrived there first, all tables were taken 🙂 🙂 ! So, bear in mind, in case you want to have a heavenly lunch on Burano island, make a reservation. Few weeks ahead!
Hungry, angry and sweaty, we had to reorganize an have lunch somewhere else. Of course, our expectations were not met 🙂 🙂 .
With our stomachs full, but unssatisfied, we started what would be a lovely walk on the tight canals surrounded by picture-perfect houses. Oh, those bright colors! You cannot find them anywhere else. The tiny handmade lace stores, and the magic of the laundry gently hanging by the colorful windows made our visit memorable.
The visit touched all our senses – the colorful architecture, the sound of the small boats slowly sliding through the canals and of course a strong scent of backed vanilla dough transformed into a true delight – the famous Burano biscuits. Their taste is amazing! Try to imagine for a second, the best butter, the whitest flower, the yellowest yolks and the tastiest nuts, all in a delicious bite! I can tell you, these biscuits taste like they have been made by the collective power of all adorable grannies in the world! No reason they have the shape of letter S – from SUPERB 🙂 ! Buy as many 1 kg packs as you can. It won’t be enough!
Next vaporetto stop: The shiny island of Murano!