MURANO: it’s a crystalline world

(Updated December 2019)

 

Most visitors to Venice stay and explore only the Centro Storico, the historic center, divided into six districts called Sestieri, seeming to form one large island. Albeit, there are said to be a total of 120 islands in the lagoon whereas only 11 are permanently inhabited.

Italy - Murano Island - Vetreria Ducale

Some of the best places to shop for glass on Murano island: The Vetreria Ducale, adorned by a sign of Guerrieri pottery, and to the left the Ferro & Lazzarini glass factory.

The island of Murano is the third largest one – after the Centro Storico and the Lido – and actually consists of seven small islands divided by eight channels and connected by bridges.

World-famous for glass and crystal, Murano is definitely worth the short boat trip from the Fondamente Nove stop; and, while the exhibition Glasstress is on, visiting Murano’s crystalline world is indisputably a must.

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VENICE on a budget – when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and much more

Visiting Venice can be pretty pricey: You find yourself at one of world’s most unique places – and it comes with a price tag.

 

Italy Venice Canale Grande

Every visitor to Venice will know this sight: The Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo across from the main train station Venezia Santa Lucia, photographed from the Ponte degli Scalzi.

 

I’ve been coming to Venice for years – at least every other year to visit the Biennale di Arte. Consequently, I’m not going there for these overpriced touristy places and services. I enjoy Venice on a budget – and believe me, I enjoy it to the max. Therefore, in this post, I’m sharing my best tips on when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and much more.

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Biennale di Arte 2019: Tips on How to Visit World’s Most Important Art Event in Venice

Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on. Venice as such is special
enough.

 

Ponte dell'Accademia Venice Italy
Ponte dell’Accademia, one of only four opportunities to cross the Canale Grande walking, advertising for this year’s mega-event.

However, the Biennials are adding some contemporary suspense and glamour to all the shiny renaissance the Doges left behind, and this summer, the 58th Biennale di Arte is on.

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